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.
Three-dimensional laptop displays have been done before, and so have dual graphics cards configured in SLI. According to the boutique system builders at Origin PC, they've just never been done at the same time in a mobile form factor. That is, until now. Origin PC's EON17-X3D is supposedly the world's first 3D laptop to come with two videocards crammed inside for an insane amount of pixel-pushing power.
There's no mistaking Origin PC's new EON17-X laptop for an Ultrabook. The EON17-X is a full-fledged desktop replacement and the latest to incorporate Intel's X79 chipset in a mobile form factor. It's a "shock and awesome" notebook, as Origin PC describes it, that comes standard with an Intel Core i7 3930K processor, or you can upgrade to a 3960X Extreme CPU for bonus bragging rights.
You don't have to be a spendthrift to shop a system from a boutique builder. That's not to say you can't still configure a professionally built system that costs as much as a Kia, it's just no longer required. Even liquid cooling setups are fair game for frugal enthusiasts. Enter Origin PC's new Frostbyte 360 liquid cooling system (LCS). Origin PC claims it's reaching speeds up to 5.2GHz using the Frostbyte 360, and starting at $1,599 you can grab a Genesis system configured with the new cooler.
Not all boutique system builders have the stomach to overclock, let alone selling a system that's been pushed to 5.7GHz. Not only is Origin PC boosting its top-tier factory overclock option on its Genesis desktop line, but it will be backed by lifetime 24/7 technical support for no additional cost, a change in support policy that applies to all Origin PC desktops and laptops.
Origin PC is looking to get a leg up on other boutique system builders with a series of free upgrades on select systems. Normally we don't post this kind of stuff, in part because we know you don't come here to read about sales, but when a company offers a free upgrade to a second Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 videocard, well, we make an exception.
With November quickly winding down and Black Friday right around the corner, the holiday shopping season is about to begin. That leaves you precious little time to configure a system online and have it shipped in time to qualify you as the best dad/mom/husband/wife ever this holiday, assuming you're not building your own. Or you could check out Origin PC's new Millennium RTS (Ready-To-Ship), the first in a new line of systems that are pre-configured and ready for the delivery truck.
It never takes long for system builders to capitalize on newly announced components, so it should come as little surprise that boutique system builder Origin PC is already pimping Intel Core i7 2700k-based systems overclocked beyond 5GHz. The chip just showed up today in an official capacity when Intel released an updated processor price list, and it's now being offered as an option in Origin PC's entire line of custom desktops.
It has long been considered common wisdom that the smaller the size of a PC, the greater its compromises. Notebooks, no matter how fat, for example, will never touch the power of a desktop machine.
The same held true for small form factor rigs. But is that still the case? To find out how today’s SFF rigs compare with their full-size desktop brethren, we tasked five top PC makers with sending us their best and brightest, and, well, smallest machines.