More CPU cores than you’ll know what to do with.
PC gamers do more with their PCs than just play games, but this has always been the case. Your gaming PC is also for web surfing, photo editing, video watching and editing, tax preparation, and more. But these days, even the gaming-related aspects of PC gaming are branching out. Maybe you broadcast gameplay. Perhaps you edit strategy guides for YouTube. It could be that you play games on one monitor with a dozen browser tabs open on a 2nd monitor. For some, a gaming PC has to be something more than just a big, expensive, powerful gaming console: it must do a lot of other heavy lifting.
If you’re one of those people, Origin’s Millennium Threadripper (See it on OriginPC.com) might be sort of PC you need. With a 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU, 32 gigs of fast RAM, a fast SSD, and dual GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, there’s not much you can throw at this PC that it can’t handle. It may not be the fastest gaming PC you can buy, but it’s one of the fastest “gaming and other stuff” PCs for anyone that’s running multiple demanding programs in parallel.
Design and Features
You don’t buy from a custom boutique PC company like Origin PC to save money, or to get parts you just can’t get anywhere else. In fact, it’s a selling point that they use off-the-shelf parts, as the enthusiasts they sell to want the ability to swap everything out however they want. Nobody wants a custom power supply or motherboard that can’t be upgraded, after all.
You buy it for the expert assembly and setup. You buy it to get a clean, perfectly-balanced PC with no extra software BS installed. You buy it for support and a warranty. And that’s exactly what you have here.
Here’s a quick rundown of the core specs:
- CPU: AMD Threadripper 1950X
- Graphics: Dual Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti in SLI
- RAM: 32GB G.Skill at 3000MHz
- Storage: 512GB Samsung 960 M.2, 4TB Western Digital Caviar Black
- Power Supply: 850 Watt EVGA SuperNova G3
- Motherboard: ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme
- Price: $5,632
All of this is wrapped up inside Origin’s custom Millennium case, a heavy, full-size tower with plenty of room inside and some slick RGB lighting. The outside panels are available in a variety of colors, and it’s made so that the motherboard tray can be mounted four different ways: standard, inverted (graphics cards up top), rotated 90 degrees (so the “back” of the PC points out the top), or 90 degrees and inverted. My test unit was inverted, which has the benefit of moving those hot graphics cards away from lower in the chassis near the power supply and up near the fans that cool the radiator, which in turn cools the CPU. All the cables are neatly tied and tucked away, as you would expect from a high-end boutique PC vendor.
Of course, because Origin uses standard off-the-shelf components, it also gives you all the stuff that comes with them. You get a nice box with a USB recovery drive and all the extra cables, connectors, risers, and antennae that are included with the parts used in your system but not part of your particular build.
This motherboard is absolutely loaded with USB ports. There are 8 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) ports on the back, along with two Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports—one Type-A connector, one Type-C connector. Up on top of the case, along with the power and reset buttons, you’ll find four more USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. Oh, and there are fan controls up there, too. That back panel is obscured with a nice mesh cover, but you’ll have to remove it to make room for all your external plugs and cables. It’s meant to occupy the back when the case is in its 90-degree configuration, with your plugs and cables coming out of the top.
Despite the fact that you have a three-fan radiator unit for the liquid-cooled CPU, and a pair of top-end graphics cards, the system is reasonably quiet: with one big exception. The 4TB Western Digital hard drive sits in a nice 5-bay hot-swap cage. That cage has its own small cooling fan, and when it spins up, it’s loud. Easily louder than almost anything else in the system. It’s a glaring weak spot in an otherwise lovely high-end desktop experience.
The Windows 10 software build is lean and clean, which is one of the perks you pay for when you buy from a custom PC vendor. The…