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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  • ELPCU - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    So, Origin desires to put their logo on the case rather than fancy Bitfenix symbol,
    but not willing to change color of ODD+MultiCard reader?

    I can see component choice are pretty decent, but Still.
    I just don't understand why do they go for BLACK odd + multicard reader for WHITE case.
    It is very odd.

    AND, I would not recommend this much high spec system for small case.
    It makes system pretty damn noisy for sure.
    though, considering GTX660Ti or 660 is not out on market, VGA choice is understandable.
  • trimspababy - Saturday, October 13, 2012 - link

    good article--persuaded me to buy this over a month ago. not sure what originpc's track record has been with this build but I had to wait at least 4 weeks from the time I ordered and I'm still waiting with various "minor" delays. anyone else has experience purchasing this build from originpc. this build doesn't look to be available anymore--link provided brings you to a build but cannot select the same features in specs above. not sure what that could mean. noticeably, graphics card is a 580 and not 670.

    hoping for no more delays and a product with no problems upon receipt

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