Gaming Performance

We're at the point now with high end graphics hardware where even surround resolutions are typically more than playable in all but the most taxing games. As such, 1080p gaming doesn't pose much of a challenge to the GTX 670 in the Origin Chronos, and in many instances we're actually going to be CPU bound even at these very high settings.

Batman: Arkham City

Battlefield 3

Civilization V

DiRT 3

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Portal 2

Total War: Shogun 2

You see what I mean. The most taxing game here is Battlefield 3, and even then we're looking at framerates north of the magic 60fps mark. Everything else is basically trying to maximize both CPU and GPU power as much as possible, and bottlenecks shift from benchmark to benchmark instead of just being consistently GPU limited.

Batman: Arkham City

Battlefield 3

DiRT 3

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Portal 2

Total War: Shogun 2

Our surround testing hammers the graphics cards and the result is almost every card falls neatly in line. Notice how the GTX 680 has a very hard time separating itself from the 670, while the 670 in turn hangs with the Radeon HD 7970. If you want to do surround gaming, you can easily do it on the Chronos and will only have to really turn settings down in Batman: Arkham City and Battlefield 3; everything else runs pretty fluidly.

Application and Futuremark Performance Build and Power Consumption
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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.
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  • 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

    ...in 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.
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail...
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