I’ve toured motherboard manufacturing facilities. I’ve seen memory modules assembled. And I’ve watched graphics cards pieced together. But I cannot say that I’ve ever traced the process by which computer cases are built.
A few months ago, though, boutique builder Origin PC approached me about a super-secret project it was preparing to showcase at CES. The company was in the final stages of designing its own case that would feature support for up to four-way SLI, large E-ATX motherboards, and as many as three 360 mm radiators. Flexibility was the goal—Origin PC also wanted its mid-tower chassis to convert to a functional full-tower and accommodate four different motherboard orientations for optimizing air flow and customers’ window preference. Almost three years passed between conceptualization and the launch at CES 2014.
In our discussions, representatives referred to the project by its code name, Prime. We now know the mid-tower is branded as the Millennium and the full-tower config is Genesis.
Understandably (but still unfortunately), Origin PC isn’t making these enclosures available to enthusiasts on their own, so we can’t really review them on their own merits. Rather, we’ll be looking at them housing complete PCs in the weeks to come. In the meantime, though, I wanted to give Origin PC an opportunity to show the Tom’s Hardware audience how a case goes from idea to production using its Millennium and Genesis as examples. What follows is from the Origin PC team's point of view.