Origin PC Chronos Desktop Review

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Synthetic & Productivity Benchmarks

For comparison purposes, we've included data from our Z270 reference system, which also features an Intel Core i7-7700K (clocked at its stock 4.2 GHz with a 4.5 GHz max turbo frequency in lightly threaded applications) in an ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming i7 ATX motherboard. A 16GB (2 x8GB) kit of Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4-2133 memory runs at the standard CAS latency of 15-15-15-36, and EVGA provided us with a set of Founder’s Edition graphics cards (a GTX 1080 Ti, 1080, and 1070) and a 1000W PSU. We used data from the GTX 1080 Ti for this review, and we run the GPU at its respective default base and boost clock frequencies. You can check out the full specifications of our test rig below.

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Test System Configuration

We also included data from our recent reviews of the Steiger Dynamics Era Reference and the AVADirect Avatar, which both feature a Founder’s Edition GTX 1080 Ti. The Era runs with a Core i5-7600K overclocked to 4.8 GHz, so it should provide excellent contrast to the Chronos in games and workloads that favor Hyper-threading. The Era’s GPU overclock is also nearly identical to the Chronos, with both systems sporting a 120 MHz boost on the core clock. However, Steiger’s sample has a higher GPU memory overclock, with an extra 200 MHz (the Chronos is boosted by 120 MHz). The Avatar lacks overclocking on the GPU, but the Intel Core i7-7700K is set to 4.7 GHz, just below the Chronos’ 4.8 GHz.

The Intel Core i7-7700K inside the Origin PC Chronos is overclocked to an all-core frequency of 4.8 GHz. CPU thermals are kept in check by a 120mm liquid cooler, and the GTX 1080 Ti Founder’s Edition graphics card is overclocked by 120 MHz on both the core and memory clocks. The 32GB (2 x 16GB) kit of Kingston HyperX DDR4-2666 features a CAS latency of 15-15-15-35, and the tight timings should provide above-average total memory bandwidth and performance in RAM-intensive workloads, and the capacity is decidedly above the cut.


The Origin PC Chronos starts our benchmark suite strong, taking a clean lead against the other systems in the 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy synthetic gaming tests. The Era Reference trades blows with the Chronos in the Graphics tests thanks to their similarly clocked GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, and the Era manages to get a win in the GPU-oriented portion of the test in Fire Strike Extreme. However, the Chronos thoroughly leads the field in all other aspects of the test, including the Physics (CPU) and Combined segments of the benchmarks.

Cinebench R15

The Chronos again leads the pack in the Cinebench R15 benchmark. Although they both have identically clocked CPUs, the Origin PC Chronos takes a slight lead over the Steiger Dynamics Era Reference in the single-threaded portion of the benchmark. It doesn’t have any issue overtaking the Avatar and Era Reference in the multi-threaded tests, and it also exhibits the best OpenGL shading results at 180.88 FPS.


We again see the Era Reference and Chronos exchange blows in the Compubench Video Processing and Bitcoin Mining tests. The Chronos upends the Era in the Video Processing segment thanks to its Hyper-threaded Core i7, but the Era’s slightly higher GPU memory clock gives it a minuscule edge against the Origin PC contender in the Bitcoin mining benchmark.

Storage Test

The Origin PC Chronos makes short work of the other systems in the field in the storage tests with its 512GB Samsung 960 Pro SSD, which achieves slightly higher IOPS performance than the competition (which have Samsung 960 EVO SSDs). The Chronos also achieves significantly higher sequential read and write performance with its Pro-series SSD, reaching 3,228.95 MB/s read and 2,061.83 MB/s write speeds.

Sandra Memory Bandwidth

The 32GB (2 x16GB) kit of Kingston HyperX DDR4-2666 inside the Chronos has a low CAS latency of 15-15-15-35, giving it higher total multi-threaded memory bandwidth than the competition with its tight timings. The increased module density also plays a role in the increased bandwidth compared to the other systems (the Era features DDR4-3000 with CAS timings of 16-18-18-38; the Avatar has DDR4-2400 with a CAS latency of 15-15-15-35; both have 2 x8GB modules). However, the single-threaded memory bandwidth falls more in line with what you’d expect from the base memory frequency, with the Era and its DDR4-3000 leading the pack (albeit by a small margin).

PCMark 8

The Chronos’ high memory bandwidth, speedy storage, and high-clocked CPU all play pivotal roles in its high scores in PCMark 8. The Origin PC SFF leads the Avatar by a sizable 305 points and 87 points in the Adobe Creative and Microsoft Office application tests, respectively.

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Derek Forrest
Derek Forrest is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes hardware news and reviews gaming desktops and laptops.
  • nitrium
    "it's a worthy consideration for PC gamers looking for the absolute best if a budget is just a number and cash flow is comfortable."

    Is it though?
  • daglesj
    Nice looking machine but could I really bring myself to buy a pre-built box? Half the fun of your own high end gaming rig is that you chose the parts and built it yourself. This sounds like defeat for many of us here.
  • Lkaos
    DaglesJ, you know, after 2 or 3 it starts getting old...
  • Lkaos
    With a budget like that would probably get a way better system...
  • Phaaze88
    Prebuilt pcs are just pointless all around. It's cheaper to build custom, as well as being an enjoyable experience. I could see it being an option for folks who want a pc right now without having to look too much into it or the 'hassle' of setting it up. But after that's all said and done, the user is still left with maintenance themselves, and depending on what they splurged their $$$ on, maintenance can be simple, to an outright pain, especially if they didn't do their research beforehand. And if one somehow screws something up, i.e., a water leak via the AIO, that money sink goes poof!
  • photonboy
    Poor liquid cooler placement. Not only are they forced to use a SLIM FAN which would be noisier, but the hot air is blown out the SIDE which limits where you can put the case.

    Plus, it also distracts from the looks of the side of the case which is important in a boutique PC.

    I would have used 2x120mm front intake fans with the intake vents HIDDEN so the front could look virtually the same (i.e. vents similar to PC's with a front door, so the front could wrap around the sides slightly and hide the vents running from bottom to top on both sides).

    Then don't have any fan holes on the SIDES at all. You can keep the window for the graphics card to keep the same aesthetic.

    Thus the case would look almost identical, but a cleaner design with airflow coming in the front, and going out the normal paths.
  • daglesj
    20241599 said:
    DaglesJ, you know, after 2 or 3 it starts getting old...

    Nope...never! Been building em for 20 years.

    Buying pre-built is giving up on life.