Application and Futuremark Performance

At a very substantial 4.6GHz (roughly as fast as Ivy Bridge can really get without serious cooling and certainly a touch beyond what our own Ian Cutress suggests is common), the Intel Core i5-3570K in our review unit threatens to offer the fastest single-threaded and lightly-threaded performance of all the systems we've tested. On the flipside, it's using a lot of voltage to get there (1.4V); I'm a bit antsy about this for obvious reasons, but I'll get into that in more detail later on.

Futuremark PCMark 7

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

The robust overclock and fast Samsung SSD give the Chronos pretty solid footing. iBuyPower's Ivy Bridge-based Erebus GT is really the one to beat, with its 4.4GHz i7-3770K and SLI'ed GeForce GTX 680s. In terms of raw clock speed, the Erebus has a slight disadvantage, but boasts substantially better threaded and GPU performance elsewhere.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R11.5

Video Encoding - x264

Video Encoding - x264

The massive 4.6GHz overclock on the i5-3570K gives it fantastic performance in single-threaded tasks, but once software that can leverage the superior threading power of the hexa-core and/or hyper-threading enabled processors comes into play, the 3570K loses some steam. That's fine, though; most games aren't going to see any advantage from more than four physical/logical cores, making the robust single-threaded performance more relevant.

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06

The fast CPU and respectable GeForce GTX 670 give Origin's system a strong showing in 3DMark. You really need to go multi-GPU to make a substantial break away from the GTX 670, especially after even a minor overclock is applied. It's essentially competitive with AMD's Radeon HD 7970 and nips at the heels of NVIDIA's own flagship GTX 680.

Introducing the Origin Chronos Gaming Performance


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  • nbcbubba - Friday, July 27, 2012 - link

    Good article - why, at this price and configuration, isn't this a "best buy award" - or something similar? Reply
  • j03h4gLund - Saturday, July 28, 2012 - link

    yup Reply
  • bhima - Saturday, July 28, 2012 - link

    Origin isn't known for being price competitive, but this LANbox is definitely that. I concur with the other posters: Can you run this through your normal case sound tests just so we get an idea how loud this baby is.

    Heck if I hadn't built my own pc already I would seriously consider this.
  • Axedall - Saturday, July 28, 2012 - link

    (We've talked briefly about Virtu MVP in the past...) Reply
  • bobeth - Saturday, July 28, 2012 - link

    I'm very surprised at the price, seems awfully reasonable.. Reply
  • Pappnaas - Sunday, July 29, 2012 - link

    For a LAN box this might not be a big concern. But for any home use i'd wanted to know before sinking 1.5k $$. Reply
  • daydr3am3r - Sunday, July 29, 2012 - link Europe? Sigh..:/ Reply
  • gevorg - Sunday, July 29, 2012 - link

    The front panel DVD drive with media slots looks very ugly! Ugh! Reply
  • pisoias01 - Monday, July 30, 2012 - link

    Can I fit in a m600 silent pro (10 cm height) ??? Reply
  • Quincunx - Monday, July 30, 2012 - link

    Wait I'm a bit confused..consumers can't get your review config for $1500.. As configured it's $1,882, making it a gouge, not a great deal?

    Assuming you're not afraid to OC yourself, you can build a comparable system for about $1,300. This is with an arguably better PSU, though I went with the ASRock Z77 instead of the ASUS.

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