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Origin PC Millennium: 3-Way SLI And A 4.6 GHz Core i5

Origin PC Millennium: 3-Way SLI And A 4.6 GHz Core i5
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After a long hiatus, Tom's Hardware returns to consumer desktop reviews with Origin PC's Millennium. Can three GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards and an overclocked Core i5 handle gaming at 5760x1080? We want to know if this elegant box is worth its $3,000+ price.

If you’re looking to buy (or build) a performance-oriented gaming desktop, there are a few different directions you can take. The easiest route is to opt for today’s top-end parts and a gargantuan case big enough to house what you need now, plus whatever you might want to accommodate down the road.

Alternatively, if you don’t need multiple graphics cards and don’t plan on cramming additional components into your machine, you could go small and still keep things speedy with a microATX board, a powerful CPU, and a high-end graphics card. Several companies have headed down that route lately, including Alienware with its X51, Falcon Northwest and its granite-footed Tiki, and Digital Storm’s glossy Bolt.

Boutique system builder Origin PC offers something that’s a bit in-between those two extremes with its mid-tower Millennium system. Housed in a slightly tweaked BitFenix Shinobi case with red trim and a soft rubber-like finish, it’s smaller than a full-size tower at just 18.1" tall, but still roomy enough for a trio of powerful graphics cards.

Rather than going all out with two or three pricey Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 cards, Origin strapped a trio of GeForce GTX 660 Tis into the $3,073 test configuration it sent us. Complemented by an Intel Core i5-3570K CPU sporting an impressive 1.2 GHz overclock (to 4.6 GHz), and a pair of Intel SSD 520 drives in RAID 0, we already know from its specs that the Millennium is going to be an impressive performer. Enough so, we'd suspect, to drive a triple-monitor configuration with ease.

The downside to the three-way SLI setup is that upgrading isn’t going to be as easy as it would be with just one or two higher-end graphics cards. After all, you can’t just slap in another identical card a couple of years from now; this thing is completely maxed out already. The boot drive's RAID option also has a downside. While certainly speedy, a striped array is twice as likely to fail (if one drive goes out, your boot drive data is toast). Thankfully, Origin includes a roomy 1 TB hard drive as well, providing plenty of room for backup.

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  • 34 Hide
    EzioAs , December 20, 2012 3:30 AM
    "This system’s starting price is a relatively modest $1,225. For that, you get a Core i3-2120 CPU, an AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card, and a 500 GB hard drive."

    Wow, talk about rip off...
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    DarkSable , December 20, 2012 3:36 AM
    Quote:
    "This system’s starting price is a relatively modest $1,225. For that, you get a Core i3-2120 CPU, an AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card, and a 500 GB hard drive."

    Wow, talk about rip off...


    Haha, yeah. That's about what I spent for an i5-3570k and GTX 670. I'll stick with my hand-builts and NOT pay $700 for a tech support who reads from a script.
  • 21 Hide
    DarkSable , December 20, 2012 3:19 AM
    So... no mention of the fact that you're paying for a lot of things you don't need? In it's head-to-head against the DIY rig, I'm noticing a LOT of parts that I wouldn't even consider spending extra money on.

    And they're getting those parts at a discount, so you're paying a lot of money for that tech line.
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  • 21 Hide
    DarkSable , December 20, 2012 3:19 AM
    So... no mention of the fact that you're paying for a lot of things you don't need? In it's head-to-head against the DIY rig, I'm noticing a LOT of parts that I wouldn't even consider spending extra money on.

    And they're getting those parts at a discount, so you're paying a lot of money for that tech line.
  • 34 Hide
    EzioAs , December 20, 2012 3:30 AM
    "This system’s starting price is a relatively modest $1,225. For that, you get a Core i3-2120 CPU, an AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card, and a 500 GB hard drive."

    Wow, talk about rip off...
  • 26 Hide
    DarkSable , December 20, 2012 3:36 AM
    Quote:
    "This system’s starting price is a relatively modest $1,225. For that, you get a Core i3-2120 CPU, an AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card, and a 500 GB hard drive."

    Wow, talk about rip off...


    Haha, yeah. That's about what I spent for an i5-3570k and GTX 670. I'll stick with my hand-builts and NOT pay $700 for a tech support who reads from a script.
  • 14 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , December 20, 2012 3:41 AM
    For this much price, i would add another $100 and get the i7-3770k. Those extra 4 cores will come in handy in apps.
    And probably get 2xHD7950. 2 card setups are easier to maintain than 3 card setups (drivers). And the compute capability of GCN is already legendry.
  • 13 Hide
    amuffin , December 20, 2012 4:04 AM
    2 680's would be a better choice.
  • 9 Hide
    DjEaZy , December 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    ... origin haz the good sense to put windows 7 in it...
  • 12 Hide
    danielmunhato , December 20, 2012 5:41 AM
    we just need now is a review with 3 7970´s vs 3 gtx 680 in full hd and beyond.
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    Caspase , December 20, 2012 5:41 AM
    mayankleoboy1For this much price, i would add another $100 and get the i7-3770k. Those extra 4 cores will come in handy in apps.And probably get 2xHD7950. 2 card setups are easier to maintain than 3 card setups (drivers). And the compute capability of GCN is already legendry.


    Those extra 4 threads. And I bet at stock it would lose.
    Why aren't temperatures shown? I was curious to see how an ivy @ 4.6 in a mid tower with 3 GPUs with modest cooling would fair...
  • 11 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , December 20, 2012 5:48 AM
    Yeah, why no temperature measurement ? AFAIK, 4.6 on 3570K can get very hot.
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    Anonymous , December 20, 2012 6:55 AM
    a 3000$ trash like a mac
  • 12 Hide
    Soda-88 , December 20, 2012 7:09 AM
    i5, 3 way SLI... Overpriced imbalanced junk, how origin(al)...
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    fudoka711 , December 20, 2012 7:20 AM
    Soda-88i5, 3 way SLI... Overpriced imbalanced junk, how origin(al)...


    This made me lol.

    But you have a point. This thing is definitely way imbalanced. I have this funny feeling the i5 is totally holding back the tri-sli 660 ti's. You'd need something like an i7-3930k to balance that out. Correct me if I'm wrong though. Besides, I agree with others that 2 7970's or 2 680's would make more sense (but more microstuttering).
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    rdc85 , December 20, 2012 7:49 AM
    I think there a reason for 3 way SLI/CFX used, the third card usually smooth/fix micro shuttering issue...

    even there no performance benefit/scaling
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    abbadon_34 , December 20, 2012 7:59 AM
    wow, wonder much of a Kickback Tom's gets, I hope this doesn't continues, the "Daily Deals" in the NEWS section is bad enough.

    Does anyone here really buy overpriced pre-built systems? Especially this Tri-SLI gimmick

    "After a long hiatus, Tom's Hardware returns to consumer desktop reviews" there is a good reason for that Hiatus. Put this review on some other site, I'm sure BestofMedia has plenty low level dummy sites to stuff
  • 7 Hide
    Memnarchon , December 20, 2012 8:20 AM
    Benchmark Results: Gaming
    WOW: DX11 Ultra, 16x AF, 4x MSAA, 1920x1080: min 72 fps, avg: 120 fps
    Battlefield 3: DX11 ultra, 16x AF, 4x MSAA, 1920x1080: min 139 fps, avg: 174 fps

    Since when WOW is more demanding than Battlefield 3? :o 
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    Soda-88 , December 20, 2012 8:31 AM
    MemnarchonBenchmark Results: Gaming WOW: DX11 Ultra, 16x AF, 4x MSAA, 1920x1080: min 72 fps, avg: 120 fpsBattlefield 3: DX11 ultra, 16x AF, 4x MSAA, 1920x1080: min 139 fps, avg: 174 fpsSince when WOW is more demanding than Battlefield 3?

    WoW is CPU bound game and straining an i5 with 3 GPUs is not the best idea when playing games which need to process hundreds/thousands of players' inputs surrounding you.
  • 5 Hide
    Formata , December 20, 2012 9:20 AM
    Epic wooden crate ftw.
  • 7 Hide
    Cryio , December 20, 2012 10:49 AM
    4th page, the HandBrake benchmark: Are you guys sure MORE minutes means better perfomance?
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    Sakkura , December 20, 2012 11:45 AM
    abbadon_34wow, wonder much of a Kickback Tom's gets, I hope this doesn't continues, the "Daily Deals" in the NEWS section is bad enough.Does anyone here really buy overpriced pre-built systems? Especially this Tri-SLI gimmick "After a long hiatus, Tom's Hardware returns to consumer desktop reviews" there is a good reason for that Hiatus. Put this review on some other site, I'm sure BestofMedia has plenty low level dummy sites to stuff

    Eh, did you miss the part where they pointed out that the parts were $730 cheaper than what Origin charges for the system?

    I am surprised by one thing in this build, though: Pouring all those dollars into graphics cards and motherboard and whatnot, and then sticking to same ol' DDR3-1600. Not that the performance gain from switching to DDR3-1866 is big, but it would only cost you a handful of dollars. A drop in the ocean.
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