Although corporate takeovers and the economic downturn have taken a toll on boutique PC makers who cater to gamers, a group of former Alienware folks are staying true to their faith: Origin has just introduced its first Genesis desktop and Eon18 notebook gaming rigs, and for folks who have the cash on-hand to invest in some serious game-playing horsepower, both systems look to deliver the goods. And, befitting high-end gamer PCs, both the Eon 18 and Genesis desktop are available with a wide variety of case colors and custom artwork.
As one might expect from a boutique maker, both systems feature a variety fo high-end components and can be heavily customized to meet a specific customer’s needs. The Eon 18 notebook system features an 18.4-inch full HD (1,920 by 1,080-pixel) display, three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, a iEEE 1394 port, HDMI and VGA output, four built-in speakers, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n and Bluetooth wireless networking, an integrated TV tuner—and weights starting around 12.5 pounds. The systems offer a variety of video, optical drives, and storage options: the system offers multiple drive bays (standard or SSDs) with RAID support, Blu-ray and standard DVD options, and either single or dual 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M graphics controllers. The systems ships with 4 or 8 GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, and can be setup with a variety of Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, or Core 2 Extreme CPUs. Systems start at $2,576, and should start shipping in early December.
The Genesis desktops are, of course, all about power, storage, and customization: the systems are built around Intel Core i7, Core i5, or AMD Phenom II processors, support up to 12 GB of Tri-Channel 2,000 MHz RAM, and are available with single, dual, and triple graphics options from Nvidia. The systems sport high performance air and liquid cooling for the CPU and GPU, offer power supplies up to 1.2KW, sport dual gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b Wi-FI, offer 7.1/5/1 audio output…oh, and did we mention a variety of case options that support up to 10 internal storage bays, hot-swappable storage, 90-degree rotated motherboards, top mounted ports, and more? And lighting options? Prices start at about $2,000—but escalate quickly with options.