Monday, November 28

Origin PC Millennium Review (2021)

Origin PC is quite well known in the pre-built gaming PC market, often as a company that values ​​the quality of the products it sells. That’s not necessarily universal in everything Origin publishes, but the Origen Millennium that I received is certainly spectacular.

This is a PC with beauty and strength to match. As you would expect from a company like Origin, you have a plethora of configuration options to choose from. However, the price rises rapidly and Origin charges a premium for its construction services. Still, if you’re willing to pay the best price for your hardware, the Millennium is a great option. It’s also a surefire way to get a fancy new graphics card, which is still very hard to come by, even this late in 2021.

In this Origin PC Millennium review, I’ll walk you through what it’s like to use this beautiful machine. Even in its basic configurations, this device is a true dream come true for many PC gamers.

Origin PC Millennium review: price and availability

Defining all possible prices and configurations for the Millennium is outside the scope of this review. For the CPU, you can go for Intel (up to an i9-10900K) or AMD (up to Ryzen 9 5950X). You can also choose a GPU from Nvidia (up to RTX 3090) or AMD (up to Radeon RX 6800 XT). Origin mainly offers Corsair parts, with a few other options for NVMe and SATA drives. I encourage you to play with the Origin configurator to find a combination that suits your needs and budget.

The unit I received as configured costs $ 5,216. Comes with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU, Asus Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPU, 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum white RAM, 1TB Corsair MP600 Gen4 NVMe boot drive, Seagate Barracuda storage drive 2TB, a Corsair iCUE H150i all-in-one CPU cooler, ten Corsair QL120 white RGB fans, and a Corsair RMX 850W power supply. All of this came packaged in a white Corsair 5000X Airflow box with white wiring.

Origin PC Millennium Review: Design

When you build your Millennium, you can choose between a Corsair 5000D or 5000X mid-tower box in black or white. I received a white 5000X with the Origin logo etched into the tempered glass side panel. This case measures 20.5 x 20.5 x 9.6 inches and weighs almost 30.5 pounds on its own.

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This case is all about the glass, with the sides, top, and front showing the internal components and the RGB. It’s far from subtle, and some players may find it downright garish. But as someone who loves RGB, I like the look of the Millennium. In fact, thanks to all its lights and glass, the Millennium lights up my office at night with its glow.

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For a mid-tower box, the 5000X is quite large. But storage hobbyists will like that it can hold two 3.5-inch drives and four 2.5-inch drives. It can also support up to a 360mm radiator for cooling.

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I proudly put the Millennium on my desk so I could enjoy its rainbow glow.

Origin PC Millennium review: ports and upgradeability

At its top, the Corsair 5000X case has a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, plus two USB 3.0 ports and audio in / out ports. And on the back, the Asus Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard offers a smorgasbord of ports. There are eight USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (seven Type-A, one Type-C) and four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. There is also a full sound set, a pair of Ethernet ports (Realtek RTL8125-CG 2.5G and Intel I211- AT) and mounting points for the optional Wi-Fi antenna.

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Since the Millennium is a custom system, there is plenty of room for upgrade. With this motherboard, for example, you can insert more m.2 drives, change the GPU, add SATA hard drives and SSDs, and upload up to 128GB of RAM. Your expansion options will depend on the motherboard you get, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications in advance.

Origin PC Millennium review: performance

With a 3080 Ti and a Ryzen 9 5900X, our Millennium review unit can run absolutely any game at a steady pace. The Millennium also features super quiet cooling. Normally, I can hear my personal gear boost through my microphone (which easily picks up a lot of background noise), but that was not the case with the Millennium. I guess it’s the result of having ten fans and a huge GPU cooler.

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I pushed this system as hard as I could. I used a 1440p monitor and regularly saw more than 60 frames per second in almost every title that I usually play. Cyberpunk 2077 looked amazing with its neon cityscapes and shifting ray tracing (75 fps average); Red Dead Redemption 2 bordered on photorealism (60-70 fps average); Metro Exodus in its new improved mode crushed my spirit with its bleak and gloomy post-apocalyptic visuals (50-60 fps average); and Control just looked amazing (average 60-70fps).

The benchmarks we made supported my experience. We ran this machine through a set of games at 1080p and 4K. However, playing games on this system at 1080p seems like a massive overkill. A good 1440p or 4K gaming monitor is worth investing in to take full advantage of what the GPU has to offer. Since this is the first 3080 Ti system we reviewed, the closest comparison I could make was with the RTX 3080-equipped HP Omen 30L.

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Origen Millennium HP Omen 30L
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ultra) 94/57 81/51
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Medio) 117/49 103/43
Metro Exodus (Original, RTX) 119/75 101/45
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (Extreme) 80/37 Not tested
Grand Theft Auto V (Ultra) 175/67 150/54
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Ultra) 170/67 143/56
Port Royal (ray tracing reference) 13,130 11,044

With a Ryzen 9 5900X and 32GB of 3200Mhz RAM, the Millennium I reviewed flies through everything I can offer you. Outside of gaming, this is still a 12-core, 24-thread monster, but there are few people who need this kind of power. If you are a content creator or 3D modeler, this setup (or something similar) would be great for you. For the average PC gamer, however, this might be overkill.

I am neither a content creator nor a 3D modeler, but one application that has given my personal computers significant pause in the past is Terragen 4. This is a very resource intensive terrain generation program. In fact, even pre-rendering work has always increased my CPU fans and slowed down other programs. I use the free version and therefore am limited to 720p output. But even those can take a long time (especially with volumetric clouds).

When I tried to render a Terragen 4 project on the Millennium, I was impressed by the sheer speed of the rendering process. Not only does this PC have 50% more cores / threads than my personal computer, but the 5900X is three generations newer than my Ryzen 7 1700X. I was expecting a sharp increase in performance, but was impressed nonetheless. I don’t make a living from this type of work, but if I did I would definitely be looking for horsepower like what Millennium offers.

We run more than just gaming benchmarks, the results of which you can see below. I re-compared the Millennium to the HP Omen 30L, which has an i9-10900K.

Origen Millennium HP Omen 30L
Geekbench 5.4 14.041 11,258
Handbrake (Mins: Secs) 4:11 5:08
25GB file copy (transfer speed / rate) 28,2 s / 953 MB / s 23 s / 1,166 MB / s

This piece isn’t a 3080 vs. 3080 Ti debate, but it’s worth keeping in mind when you’re buying or setting up your own Origin PC Millennium. You should note that there is a $ 713 difference between a configuration with a 3080 and one with a 3080 Ti.

And just like with GPUs, a debate between Intel and Ryzen is outside the scope of this review. However, in the context of the Millennium, save $ 29 by opting for the Ryzen 9 5900X over the Intel i9-10900K.

One hardware issue that I noticed during my use was that my second HDMI monitor would not turn on when I turned on the PC. I would have to disconnect and reconnect the HDMI cable to get a signal on my monitor. This would also happen when waking the PC from sleep mode. I’m not sure if this is a problem with the 3080 Ti or what, because this is the first time I have encountered the problem on any machine.

Origin PC Millennium Review: Software

The Millennium comes with minimal software installed, although it is not a basic Windows installation. It had Corsair iCUE, Asus Aura, EVGA Precision X1, Asus Sonic Suite, and Nvidia GeForce Experience. What your machine has will ultimately depend on your motherboard and GPU models.

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Some of these programs are useful for controller management, while others handle overclocking and RGB lighting. From my perspective, neither is invasive, but I had problems with the Aura software. He would often try to launch himself, but would eventually fail.

I’ve heard complaints about Corsair iCUE before, but didn’t find it offensive. It certainly has many functions and it did not affect my experience in any way. EVGA’s Precision X1 software is pretty good for managing the 3080 Ti, but I prefer MSI Afterburner for my personal needs. However, for the purposes of this review, the Precision X1 is more than fine for overclocking and GPU tuning.

Otherwise, not too much bloat from Microsoft pre-installed. This is an improvement over the ISO that you can get directly from Microsoft. You can remove some of the apps as you like and you can disable Windows 10 telemetry if you want.

Origin PC Millennium review: verdict

Origin PC Millennium is a powerful PC, even in its entry-level configuration. For $ 2,301, you can get a Ryzen 5 5600X, a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM (3200Mhz), a 120mm all-in-one CPU cooler, and a 240GB OS drive. Although it is still a good PC, it is a lot of money for a mid-range model.

Yes, the Millennium is expensive and yes, it does use Corsair parts (which can be hit or miss, depending on your luck). Origin PC doesn’t include a mouse or keyboard, which means you still have to search for peripherals if you’re just getting started with PC gaming. But for the money, you get a well-built gaming rig.

Building your own PC is tough lately. Even next-gen graphics cards are priced high on the second-hand market, and resellers are still taking advantage of the shortage of new RTX and Radeon cards. You might get lucky with a restock or a good used deal, but the vast majority of people won’t be so lucky.

That leaves the market predesigned. You’ll pay a premium for parts and construction, but it’s the only surefire way to get exactly what you want in your next team. The Millennium is an excellent option, assuming it fits your budget.

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