A Steam Machine that would look right at home in an A/V rack
One of the reasons why Valve is pushing its Steam Machine platform is to get PC gamers into their living rooms, hence the prep work that went into Big Picture mode and the wireless Steam Controller. Going along with that theme, boutique builder Origin PC announced plans to launch a pair of Steam Machine "Chronos" systems built in a small form factor (SFF) chassis that will have no trouble blending into a typical home theater setup.
We've seen some thin and light gaming laptops come through the pipeline in recent weeks, but on the other end of the spectrum are full fledged desktop replacements that bring the bulk. Once such system is Origin PC's new EON17-SLX, an unapologetically big and burly system that wields up to two Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPUs. Such a luxury costs a pretty penny, though a single GPU setup starts at $1,999.
Well now, here's an interesting development. We received a note from Kevin Wasielewski, co-founder and CEO of boutique system builder Origin PC, alerting us that his company is no longer offering customers an option to configure rigs with AMD graphics cards. All traces of AMD brand GPUs are being removed from the website, and from here on out, Origin PC is dealing exclusively with Nvidia for graphics. Supposedly this isn't a marketing ploy, but a decision that was made for a number of reasons.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you're a student, summer is quickly coming to an end. Hey, that's just the reality of the situation. But if you have to go back-to-school, you might as well use it as an excuse to invest in a new laptop -- for homework, of course. Origin PC's new EON13-S has plenty of power to help you during those longs nights of research (or gaming sessions).
Boutique builder tries hands at selling peripherals
You know Origin PC as a boutique builder of high-end gaming desktops (Genesis, Millennium, Millennium RTS, Chronos, and Big O) and notebooks (EON15-S and EON17-S), but if you're not in the market for a new system, the company might still have what you're looking for. From t-shirts and beanies to mousepads and headsets and everything in between, it's all available in Origin PC's new online gear shop.
Small form factor (SFF) systems are growing in popularity, especially as PC gamers look to venture out of their bedrooms and into the living room. Luckily for them, SFF cases are increasingly capable of housing high-end hardware, which is thanks in part to optimized designs but also power efficient hardware. We bring this up because boutique system builder Origin PC just dropped us a note to let us know it's now building systems inside Silverstone's box-like SG10 SFF chassis.
When you fire up Origin PC's EON17-SLX SLI laptop, it should play George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone," lest anyone can think of a more appropriate song to describe the hardware inside. As the name suggests, this badass notebook has been fed not one, but TWO Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M graphics cards, both of which Origin PC takes the time to overclock before shipping out.
For a limited time, Origin PC is offering free shipping and other money-saving incentives.
Today is Uncle Sam's favorite day because it's the deadline to file individual tax returns, though depending on what deductions you had taken out throughout the year, you may be owed a refund. Whatever the case may be, boutique builder Origin PC is offering some tax day incentives to purchase a new rig, giving you an opportunity to spend your refund guilt free, or give you a head start on next year's tax write offs (after all, your business is due for a new PC, right?).
It's good to know that while everyone's talking up tablets and the so-called post PC era, there are still companies dishing out high-end hardware. Boutique system builder Origin PC is one of those companies, and nobody's going to confuse its EON17-SLX gaming laptop with a slate. It is, however, a desktop replacement that you can deck out as far as your budget allows, and it now comes with a 3D display option.
The boutique system builders over at Origin PC are now equipping EON15-S and EON17-S gaming laptops with Nvidia's latest and greatest mobile graphics chip, the GeForce GTX 680M. Based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture, the GeForce GTX 680M is a high-octane GPU with 1344 CUDA cores, 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memory, and full support for Nvidia's battery-friendly Optimus technology.