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Origin PC Chronos: Two GeForce GTX 780 Tis In A Mini Gaming Cube
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Test Hardware Configurations
 Origin PC ChronosAVADirect Mini Gaming PCLenovo Erazer X700ASRock M8 $1535 BuildSBM $2550 Performance PC
Processor
(Overclock)
Intel Core i7-4770K
3.5 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to 4.70 GHz, 1.17-1.28 V
Intel Core i7-4770K
3.5 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to 4.20 GHz, 1.15-1.25 V
Intel Core i7-3930K
3.2 GHz, Six Physical Cores
O/C to 3.90 GHz, 1.41 V
Intel Core i7-4770K
3.5 GHz, Four Physical Cores
O/C to 4.10 GHz, 1.08 V
Intel Core i7-3930K
3.20 GHz, Six Physical Cores
O/C to 4.20 GHz, 1.25 V
Graphics
(Overclock)
2x Nvidia GTX 780 Ti: 889-941 MHz GPU,  GDDR5-7000, O/C to 1078 MHz, GDDR5-7400Asus GTX 780: 889-941 MHz GPU,  GDDR5-6008AMD Radeon HD 8950: 925 MHz GPU, GDDR5-5000EVGA GTX 760: 980-1033 MHz GPU, GDDR5-6008 O/C to 1200 MHz GDDR5-72003x EVGA GTX-760: 980-1033 MHz GPU,  GDDR5-6008 O/C to 1130 MHz GDDR5-6680
Memory
(Overclock)
16 GB Corsair DDR3-1866 CAS 9-10-9-27, 1.50 V8 GB Kingston DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-27, 1.50 V16 GB Hyundai DDR3-1600 CAS 11-11-11-28, 1.50 V8 GB Kingston DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-24, O/C to DDR3-1600 8-9-8-21, 1.50 V16 GB Mushkin DDR3-1600
CAS 9-9-9-24, Not Overclockable
Motherboard
(Overclock)
MSI Z87I: Mini ITX, LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Express, Stock 100 MHz BCLKMSI Z87I: Mini ITX, LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Express, Stock 100 MHz BCLKLenovo 10122: Micro ATX, LGA 2011, Intel X79 Express, Stock 100 MHz BCLKASRock Z87 M8: Mini ITX, LGA 1150, Intel Z87 Express, Stock 100 MHz BCLKASRock X79 Extreme6: ATX, LGA 2011, Intel X79 Express, Stock 100 MHz BCLK
OpticalNoneLG BH16NS40: 16x BDR / DVD±RPLDS DH12B2SH 12X BDR 16x DVD±RLite-On DC-8A2SH 8x DVDRW Pioneer BDR-2208: 15x BD-R
CaseBitFenix Phenom-M Lian Li PC-Q28BLenovo X7 series Mid TowerASRock M8Lian Li PC-9NA
CPU CoolerOrigin Frostbyte 120 Cooler Master Seidon 120MAsetek 120 x38 mm Closed Loop Liquid CoolerXigmatek CAC-EXAI6-U01
With Noctua NF-F12 Fan
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 
Hard DriveSamsung 840 MZ-7TE1T0BW
1 TB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
2 x Kingston HyperX 3K
120 GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Samsung 830 MZ7PC128HAFU
128 GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Samsung MZ-7PD256BW: 256 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSDMushkin Chronos Deluxe DX 240 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
PowerCorsair 850TX: 850 W Modular, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS BronzeCorsair 650TX: 650 W Modular, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS BronzeAcBel FS8003: 625 W, 80 PLUS GoldFSP450-60GHS(85)-R: 450 W, SFX, 80 PLUS BronzeCorsair HX850: 850 W Modular, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 331.82Nvidia GeForce 331.65AMD Catalyst 13.9Nvidia GeForce 320.49 WHQLNvidia GeForce 326.80 Beta
ChipsetIntel INF 9.4.0.1017Intel INF 9.4.0.1017Intel INF 9.3.0.1026Intel INF 9.4.0.1017Intel INF 9.3.0.1026

Origin PC’s overclocks look fairly impressive, so we took a few screen shots to prove them. Though CPU and GPU frequencies are particularly high, the firm stuck with the DRAM’s XMP configuration.

By including some of our older benchmarks, we’re able to compare Origin PC’s $4215 machine to our five most recent “top builds”. We’re working on some benchmark updates, but it will take some time before we once again have a collection of same-setting data across five systems.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Battlefield 3Campaign Mode, "Going Hunting" 90-Second Fraps
Test Set 1: Medium Quality Defaults (No AA, 4x AF)
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Defaults (4x AA, 16x AF)
F1 2012Steam Version, In-Game Test
Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimUpdate 1.5.26, Celedon Aethirborn Level 6, 25 Seconds Fraps
Test Set 1: DX11, High Details No AA, 8x AF, FXAA enabled
Test Set 2: DX11, Ultra Details, 8x AA, 16x AF, FXAA enabled
Far Cry 3V. 1.04, DirectX 11, 50-sec. Fraps "Amanaki Outpost"
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA, Standard ATC., SSAO
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, Enhanced ATC, HDAO
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe After Effects CS6Version 11.0.0.378 x64: Create Video which includes 3 Streams, 210 Frames, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously
Adobe Photoshop CS6Version 13 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
Version 6.0.0.0, 6.61 GB MXF Project to H.264 Blu-ray, Output 1920x1080, Maximum Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion 11.0.4.4 x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format 
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
Handbrake CLIVersion: 0.99: Video from Canon EOS 7D (1920x1080, 25 FPS) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds
Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, Two-Channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)
TotalCode Studio 2.5Version: 2.5.0.10677: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Productivity
ABBYY FineReaderVersion 10.0.102.95: Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Adobe Acrobat 11Version 11.0.0.379: Print PDF from 115 Page PowerPoint, 128-bit RC4 Encryption
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013Version 15.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
BlenderVersion: 2.67b, Cycles Engine, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, 1920x1080, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Render THG.blend frame 1
Visual Studio 2010Version 10.0, Compile Google Chrome, Scripted
File Compression
WinZipVersion 17.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.2: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.28: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version: 1.0.3, Benchmark Only
PCMark 8Version: 1.0.0 x64, Full Test
SiSoftware Sandra 2013Version 2013.10.19.50, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Cryptography, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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    envy14tpe , January 28, 2014 12:36 AM
    But that price tag. Yikes!
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    envy14tpe , January 28, 2014 12:36 AM
    But that price tag. Yikes!
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    sbudbud , January 28, 2014 12:44 AM
    Price is stupid, kill it with fire!!!
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    Kingpin007 , January 28, 2014 2:33 AM
    great one would love to have one... if i had the money
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    outlw6669 , January 28, 2014 2:35 AM
    Ouch, that is expensive!
    Loving the small form factor and performance though.

    How loud does this system have to get to handle all that heat?
    I am guessing that it will be pretty noisy; probably the biggest downside to putting so much performance in such a small package.
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    bemused_fred , January 28, 2014 2:38 AM
    21+73=94.That's a 94c peak CPU temp! Jay-soos! I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing.....
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    Crashman , January 28, 2014 2:49 AM
    Quote:
    Ouch, that is expensive!
    Loving the small form factor and performance though.

    How loud does this system have to get to handle all that heat?
    I am guessing that it will be pretty noisy; probably the biggest downside to putting so much performance in such a small package.
    Nope, it's quiet. The reason it's quiet is that it uses GeForce 780 Ti's. They use what's probably the best GPU cooler ever devised.

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    21+73=94.That's a 94c peak CPU temp! Jay-soos! I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing.....
    Ah, but 17+73=90. It never reached max fan speed :) 
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    outlw6669 , January 28, 2014 3:37 AM
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    Nope, it's quiet. The reason it's quiet is that it uses GeForce 780 Ti's. They use what's probably the best GPU cooler ever devised.



    Quiet, powerful and a small footprint.
    That is a great combination in my book :) 
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    Zeh , January 28, 2014 4:37 AM
    I'd rather not have a 1 TB SSD. It's expensive as it is and 256gb is more than enough, at least for me. Heck, I have a 60gb and I'm fine with it.
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    quilciri , January 28, 2014 5:41 AM
    I have a pair of 120gb ssd's in raid0, and it's nearly full with about 1/4 of my steam library, I'd like a 1tb ssd, but really don't want to shell out for one. the Hybrid drives are looking prety good, though. I'm suprised, with all the other money they dumped into this system that the storage drive wasn't a hybrid.
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    larsoncc , January 28, 2014 5:56 AM
    The internals are just amazing. Look at how beautifully compact it all is. I bet it's surprisingly heavy for its size; those 850W power supplies have some heft to them.
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    bemused_fred , January 28, 2014 6:09 AM
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    Ah, but 17+73=90. It never reached max fan speed :) 


    Did you post that the room temp is kept at 17, or did I just miss it?
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    Iggledude , January 28, 2014 6:41 AM
    Awesome Machine.The "perceived" heat in that cramped space would bug me to no end however. Still though... again, Awesome Machine.
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    iknowhowtofixit , January 28, 2014 6:55 AM
    I've made a few observations that I would like to share:

    -The BitFenix Phenom M and the AeroCool Dead Silence look very similar on the outside (but assembles very differently on the inside when installing components).
    -There is nothing special about this computer other than a demonstration of a poor internal layout and bad airflow.
    -You can save over $1000 building this yourself: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2J1tf
    -All it would take is a little bit of dust to collect and this PC is toast from the poor airflow.

    You would have to run this PC with the side panels off pretty much 100% of the time realistically. Also, anyone who has worked with a Phenom or Prodigy M and a Corsair H60 or H80 would know that there is around 1mm of clearance between the top of the radiator and the back of the lower graphics card. I hope nothing shifts in shipment or the metal radiator could short out or damage the GPU. I see that Origin didn't opt to install any sort of retaining brackets or something to guarantee that the GPU won't move that 1mm and short itself. The flimsy bracket that holds the PCI cards in place just doesn't instill confidence in a $4000+ "luxury" computer.

    Why would anyone want to buy this PC from Origin?

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    Compared to our $2550 build, that same 66% price increase gets the Chronos a 29% gaming performance lead. We’ve come to expect a 2:1 cost-to-benefit relationship in high-end hardware comparisons, so we might have expected a 29% performance gain to cost 58% more or so. Yet, Origin PC’s build quality and warranty are easily worth the 8% difference between expected and actual price differences.


    Really? Anyone can throw components in a PC case and use zip ties. What did Origin do that makes this computer so special that build quality is a feature? I don't see anything custom nor special here. This comment is suspect at best....
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    frannymaccy , January 28, 2014 8:46 AM
    WTF? For 300 dollars cheaper, you could build:

    4930KRampage IV Black
    16GB 2400 CL10 Trident X
    GTX 780 Windforce OC in Sli
    840 Pro 512 GB
    2 x 1TB WD Caviar Blue
    Storm Trooper
    Seasonic 1250W 80+ Gold
    LG Blu Ray Writer
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    This is a vastly faster, more versatile, and more robust system... Literally every single component of this system will run better on stock, OC'able components will OC much better and with way more headroom, will be more reliable and stable, will last significantly longer as games use more hyperthreading and cores and faster RAM, and that's with 300 quid left over and splashing out easily 250 extra bucks on a super overkill PSU and Blu Ray Player and shipping costs... !

    The remaining money of 300-550 would probably cover a switch of components to the next gen of 5930K processors, Rampage V, DDR4 memory and sli GTX 880s before the year's out!
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    Immaculate , January 28, 2014 11:38 AM
    OR! you could do this same setup with the EVGA dual bios classified 780Tis with a custom water loop cooling nearly every component. Cheaper than the Chronos and well you don't really have to worry about warranty with your parts being so frosty.

    EDIT

    mATX: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2JekD

    ATX: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2JdJl
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    Crashman , January 28, 2014 12:13 PM
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    Ah, but 17+73=90. It never reached max fan speed :) 


    Did you post that the room temp is kept at 17, or did I just miss it?
    Sorry, I thought I mentioned it was cold without stating the temp. Measured temp was 17 when that CPU temperature was recorded.

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    Quote:
    Compared to our $2550 build, that same 66% price increase gets the Chronos a 29% gaming performance lead. We’ve come to expect a 2:1 cost-to-benefit relationship in high-end hardware comparisons, so we might have expected a 29% performance gain to cost 58% more or so. Yet, Origin PC’s build quality and warranty are easily worth the 8% difference between expected and actual price differences.


    Really? Anyone can throw components in a PC case and use zip ties. What did Origin do that makes this computer so special that build quality is a feature? I don't see anything custom nor special here. This comment is suspect at best....
    Your analysis of the statement is questionable, since the article statement is a consideration of labor and shipping cost involved with assembly and warranty support.
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    iknowhowtofixit , January 28, 2014 12:57 PM
    Quote:
    Your analysis of the statement is questionable, since the article statement is a consideration of labor and shipping cost involved with assembly and warranty support.


    Any 12 year old kid could assemble this computer. There is absolutely nothing special or proprietary about it. Most of the individual parts have a 3+ year warranty on them, so your warranty claim doesn't really hold weight.

    I'm wondering, specifically, what makes this computer special from a "build quality" stand point as mentioned in the article. All I see is a mediocre computer case stuffed with parts and insufficient airflow. I would appreciate a more in depth response rather than the generic response you gave, quoted above.
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    Crashman , January 28, 2014 1:30 PM
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    Any 12 year old kid could assemble this computer. There is absolutely nothing special or proprietary about it. Most of the individual parts have a 3+ year warranty on them, so your warranty claim doesn't really hold weight.
    Great! If you want to pay a 12-year old kid who lives across the country $15 an hour to build your PC, then pay him up front for 3 years of back-and-forth shipping, go for it. But that only implies that my warranty claim does hold weight.

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    iknowhowtofixit , January 28, 2014 2:18 PM
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    Quote:
    Any 12 year old kid could assemble this computer. There is absolutely nothing special or proprietary about it. Most of the individual parts have a 3+ year warranty on them, so your warranty claim doesn't really hold weight.
    Great! If you want to pay a 12-year old kid who lives across the country $15 an hour to build your PC, then pay him up front for 3 years of back-and-forth shipping, go for it. But that only implies that my warranty claim does hold weight.


    You are still dodging the question and keeping talking about the warranty. I'm glad this computer has a 3 year warranty, as it should for the price. But a good warranty doesn't have any reflection on the build quality. I'm simply asking, "Why was build quality specifically mentioned in the conclusion." It is obvious that you stand by your wording in the article. I'm asking you to explain it without deflecting to their warranty.

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    Junit151 , January 28, 2014 3:32 PM
    There is an error. The TX850M is semi-modular, not full modular.
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