Origin Millennium Battlebox (2015) review

Like a charging T.rex, Origin’s Battlebox is a fearsome beast

Origin’s Millennium Battlebox is a beast of a machine that scores high in all areas -- it’s the best tower desktop on the market today.
Origin’s Millennium Battlebox is a beast of a machine that scores high in all areas -- it’s the best tower desktop on the market today.
Origin’s Millennium Battlebox is a beast of a machine that scores high in all areas -- it’s the best tower desktop on the market today.

Highs

  • Attractive, customizable case
  • Low fan noise
  • Excellent performance
  • Reasonable pricing

Lows

  • Massive and heavy

Origin’s Millennium Battlebox is the company’s mid-tower PC, but you’d be hard pressed to tell that from looking at it. The enclosure is as large, and as heavy, as full tower computers from some competitors. Fortunately, the heft is not wasted, as the attractive and intimidating exterior hides a wide range of factory customization options. Owners can even re-configure the system after purchase, though doing so will require significant knowledge of computer hardware.

Benchmark performance was predictably excellent, especially in our processor tests, as the system we reviewed was overclocked to 4.8GHz. Shipping powerful hardware isn’t what makes this system stand out, though – any manufacturer can do that. The surprise is how well Origin balances this power with tame fan noise and power draw. While large, the Millennium actually produces significantly less fan noise than many of its competitors, making it an easy system to live with.

Origin Millenium Battlebox

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The rig is reasonably priced, too, matching or beating most competitors in a variety of configurations. There are less expensive systems available, but they sacrifice build quality or performance relative to the Millennium. Origin’s mid-tower has no glaring faults and plenty of positives, and it’s the best tower desktop on the market today.

Highs

  • Attractive, customizable case
  • Low fan noise
  • Excellent performance
  • Reasonable pricing

Lows

  • Massive and heavy
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