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Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review (Page 1)

Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

Origin's Chronos SFF gaming PC may be small, but hot damn does it pack a mighty performance punch and price tag. Let's take a close look.

By Steven Bassiri on Jan 18, 2017 11:11 am CST - 1 min, 44 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Origin

Introduction

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When ASRock launched their mini-ITX X99 motherboard (yes, the one with the ILM LGA-2011 v3 socket that was only compatible with very few AIO water coolers), many were thinking up tiny, yet incredibly powerful gaming rigs. The ASRock X99E-ITX/ac is pretty much the only mini-ITX X99 consumer motherboard, and it's packed with features. The only downside to the motherboard is that it only has two memory DIMMs, but since it's the only mini-ITX X99 motherboard, most people don't mind.

The guys over at Origin decided to build the smallest X99 gaming PC they could, so they custom designed an SFF PC case that would not only stylishly show off a full-sized GPU, but would allow you to overclock both the CPU and GPU. In the case of our Chronos, it's an overclocked 6950X and overclocked GTX 1080 Founders Edition - pretty much the best consumer parts on the market.

Origin's custom case makes the most use of empty space in the case, and there is almost none. They even fit in an AIO watercooler for the CPU, and extension cable for the AC power for the STX PSU, and provide a riser card to mount the GPU face up. It's really quite ingenious, and I always get asked where people can buy the Chronos case since it's so well designed.

Its minimalist qualities can easily fool you, but it's a solid contender to take with you to LANs or just anywhere you need a PC but don't want $4K+ to be obvious about its price tag.

Specifications

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Our configuration consists of an overclocked 6950X, an ASRock X99E-ITX/ac motherboard, an overclocked GTX 1080 Founder Edition, a Corsair 600W STX PSU, Origin's FROSTBYTE 120 liquid cooling unit, 16GB ORIGIN 2666MHz memory, Windows 10 Home, a 256GB Samsung 950 Pro, a 4TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive, and a one-year warranty.

The PC is very small, less than 12" high and 4" wide.

Pricing

The Chronos in this configuration costs roughly $4,400, although there are cheaper and even more expensive configurations available.

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Steven Bassiri

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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