Wednesday during CES 2012, Origin PC said that it managed to overclock its Genesis desktop (opens in new tab) to 5.7 GHz using the company's new Phase Change cooling system. This system, which cools the processor to sub zero temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius, won't be available until late 1Q12, but it's currently being shown this week at the Las Vegas show.
Describing what's inside the Genesis can be a little difficult given that it's based on three specific platforms: the Intel X79 chipset featuring Core i7 processors, the Intel P67 chipset featuring Core i5 and i7 processors, and AMD's 790FX chipset paired with the SB750 southbridge and Phenom II processors. Graphics options range between numerous Radeon and GeForce GPUs in single, double and triple configurations. Needless to say, this desktop is not only meant to pack in a lot of horses within its customizable chassis, but the sticker shock could be devastating by the time you virtually build your dream machine.
Along with the overclocking feat, Origin said that, starting today, every Origin PC customer will receive free U.S.-based 24/7 technical support for life, including current customers. "Origin PC continues to lead the industry by becoming the first and only boutique system builder to provide free U.S. based lifetime 24/7 technical support," the company said. "Anytime customers have a question about a game, application, or hardware component; Origin PC will be there to help."
Origin laptops have received an upgrade too, now sporting an exclusive A-panel featuring next-generation designs. "The Origin PC design comes in a black finish or with custom airbrushing in any color or any design," the company added. "The EON17-S and EON15-S will start shipping with the new design in Q1. The EON-17 will feature the design shortly after."
As for the overclocked Genesis, Origin wasn't specific about what CPU was actually overclocked. However the company may be referring to the Intel Core i7 2600K quad-core CPU, which can be overclocked to 4 GHz / 5.2 GHz at Origin before it's shipped out to customers.