Origin Neuron (2021) overview: A prebuilt worthy of the premium

MSRP $2,387.00

“You possibly can construct the identical system for much less, however Origin makes a compelling argument to not.”

Execs

  • Wonderful cable administration and design
  • Minimal bloatware
  • Lifetime 24/7 assist
  • Nice CPU, GPU, and motherboard choices
  • Straightforward to improve

Cons

  • Costly
  • Few non-Corsair part choices
  • Restricted entrance panel ports

Why purchase a desktop PC when you may construct one your self for much less? That’s a query Origin PC, which was acquired by Corsair a few years in the past and makes a speciality of prebuilt PCs, has been making an attempt to reply for years. However now, with GPU costs the place they’re at, shopping for a prebuilt desktop has by no means made extra sense.

Although Origin’s prebuilt desktops embody many off-the-shelf parts, they’re greater than only a few parts rapidly slapped collectively.

The Origin Neuron showcases that. It’s the mid-tower possibility from Origin’s vary, serving as a center floor between the prolonged tower Genesis and the small type issue Chronos. Like all Origin desktops, you may outfit the Neuron with parts you need, together with the latest graphics card from AMD and Nvidia.

Given how costly graphics playing cards are proper now, the Neuron is a stable different to constructing your personal gaming PC. If you happen to don’t need a huge tower taking over an excessive amount of room or a small type issue machine that may very well be vulnerable to noise points, the Neuron is the proper possibility. And in 2021, most midrange configurations aren’t far more costly than constructing a gaming rig your self.

Design

Origin Neuron sitting on a table.

The Origin Neuron is constructed with off-the-shelf parts — assuming you could find a graphics card, you may put collectively an actual match. Due to that, it doesn’t characteristic a few of the comforts of one thing just like the HP Omen 30L with its tool-less design. You’ll nonetheless must unscrew issues and have a tray useful for parts if you wish to get inside.

Nonetheless, the Corsair 4000X case makes upgrades really feel easy. The aspect panels every include latches towards the entrance, which make it simple to fit them again in place, and the thumbscrews are captive. They also have a small yellow ring round them, which makes them simple to identify when taking off the aspect panel.

It’s price noting that the Corsair 4000X is barely one of many case choices. It includes a tempered-glass aspect panel, which stays on the aspect of the case even with the thumbscrews out. To get it off, there’s a handy lever, which allowed me to take off the aspect panel with out smudging it with fingerprints.

Though you may put collectively the person parts of the Origin Neuron your self, you may not be capable to so with the identical tidiness. The machine is remarkably well-built, with clear cable runs on the again of the case and solely minimal overhang within the entrance. That’s a testomony to Origin’s constructing prowess, as is the massive, open house that the Corsair 4000X gives.

The back panel of the Origin Neuron.

You’ve loads of room for upgrades, too. With all off-the-shelf parts, you may swap out something within the case down the road. The Corsair 4000X comes with two SSD trays and two exhausting drive trays, providing you with loads of room for storage. As for M.2 assist, it’s going to rely upon the motherboard you select.

As soon as the whole lot was arrange, I took a glance via the preinstalled software program. There have been a couple of applications, most of which you’ll use. You’ve entry to an overclocking utility for the graphics card, Corsair iCUE, and an audio settings app. I might have most popular MSI Afterburner for the overclocking instrument as a result of it’s the de-facto possibility for a lot of lovers (together with myself). Nonetheless, these applications are helpful and don’t bloat the machine out of the field.

Connectivity

The ports you get on the Neuron will rely upon the configuration you select. Every case and motherboard has a unique mixture. For the construct Origin despatched me, I used to be spoiled for choices when it comes to connectivity, however sadly solely across the again of the chassis.

Up entrance, the Corsair 4000X has a pitiful choice. You’ve one USB 3.0 port, one USB-C 3.1 port, and a headphone/microphone combo jack. That’s it. Though I liked seeing USB-C within the entrance, Corsair might have squeezed an additional USB port or two on the entrance panel. The 4000X has a clear design with out too many uncovered ports, however a few additional USB connections wouldn’t have damage that.

Front panel ports on the Origin Neuron.

My overview unit got here with an Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, which isn’t accessible on Origin’s web site on the time of publication. This board comes with an absurd quantity of ports. It consists of Gigabit and a couple of.5Gbit LAN, USB-C 3.2, and 10 USB 3.2 ports. If you happen to want a variety of USB gadgets, this board has you coated.

Though you may’t purchase the board in my unit proper now — not less than via Origin — there are many different choices accessible. On the time of publication, I discovered an MSI MEG X570 Ace board, which inserts in the identical class because the Crosshair board. Sadly, it doesn’t include as many USB ports, so go for the Crosshair if it’s accessible and also you need a high-end motherboard.

Each case comes with two USB ports up entrance — both each USB-A or a mix with USB-C. An SD card reader would have been good, too, although most off-the-shelf circumstances don’t embody one.

Internals

My overview unit was kitted out with the most recent parts from AMD and Nvidia, together with the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X and 12GB RTX 3080 Ti respectively. Though that is about as high-end as gaming desktops go, the Neuron can accommodate much more. Origin gives as much as a 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X (although, not the Professional mannequin just like the Lenovo P620 gives).

CPU AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
GPU Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi
Case Corsair 4000X
Reminiscence Corsair Vengeance RGB Professional 32GB 3,200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Storage Corsair MP600 1TB, Samsung 870 QVO 2TB
Energy provide Corsair RM850X 80+ Gold
USB ports 11 USB-A, two USB-C
Networking 2.5Gbit, 1Gbit Ethernet

The usual configuration runs about $2,400. For that worth, you’re getting a Core i7-10700K, 16GB of reminiscence, and an RTX 3060 Ti. Though that is the “beginning worth,” you may truly avoid wasting cash by configuring the machine your self. By swapping in a Ryzen 5 5600X and RX 6700 XT, I used to be capable of get the Neuron all the way down to $2,100 utilizing the configurator.

As for my overview unit, it clocks in at simply over $5,100, and that’s a midrange configuration. Kitted out with the very best of the very best, you may simply spend over $10,000 on the Neuron. If that appears like lots, it’s as a result of the Neuron is far more costly than the competitors.

I configured an virtually an identical Maingear Vybe for $5,051, and the same Falcon Northwest Talon configuration clocked in at $5,352. For {custom}, the Neuron is the place it ought to be. Pre-builts are a unique story. The HP Omen 30L, with barely decrease specs, is available in round $2,500. In the meantime, the preconfigured Maingear Vybe with an RTX 3080 Ti is $3,500.

The prebuilt Vybe is essentially the most fascinating comparability. It’s virtually an identical to the Neuron Origin despatched me, simply with a Ryzen 9 5900X processor. Origin gives a prebuilt model of the Neuron, however it’s restricted to 1 configuration. At HP and Maingear, you’ve entry to a variety of choices, all of that are lower than customizing your personal rig.

This can be a top-spec machine with a few of the highest-quality parts inside.

Nonetheless, it’s exhausting to reach at a foul configuration given the choices the Neuron gives. Exterior of the motherboard, graphics card, and processor, you’ve entry to Corsair parts, and Corsair makes nice RAM, energy provides, and AIO coolers. Though the vertical integration might rub some folks the unsuitable method, I can’t complain. This can be a top-spec machine with a few of the highest-quality parts inside.

You principally have entry to Corsair drives, too, although Origin additionally gives a couple of Samsung choices. Samsung drives are a few of the finest, so I used to be joyful to see them.

Nonetheless, I’ve a couple of points with the constructing choices. For one, there aren’t any choices for air cooling. You possibly can solely choose an AIO, and just one is accessible from Corsair. As well as, RGB case followers are obscenely costly given that you just solely have entry to Corsair choices. They’re a few of the finest PC case followers round, however they’ve a worth to match.

And worth is the primary problem. I parted out the bottom machine utilizing at the moment accessible costs (with MSRP for the graphics card) and got here out at $1,430. That’s practically $1,000 premium to Origin for some additional branding and placing the whole lot collectively it’s $2,400 normal configuration. Given the costs of graphics playing cards proper now, nonetheless, the Neuron isn’t a foul deal. Accounting for inflated costs, constructing this machine your self can be near $2,000.

Processor efficiency

CPU block on the Origin Neuron.

Processor efficiency goes to come back all the way down to the way you configure the Neuron. If you happen to select to go along with the Ryzen 9 5950X like my overview unit had, you’re in luck. There’s nothing fairly as highly effective on client desktops, exterior of AMD’s personal Threadripper chips.

The 16 cores and 32 threads went to work rapidly in Cinebench R23. Cinebench makes use of the processor to render a picture as a substitute of the graphics card, measuring each single- and multi-core efficiency. It reached a rating of 25,116 within the multi-score, which is quicker than any desktop CPU you should buy exterior of Threadripper.

Exterior of workstation-class parts, there isn’t one other processor as highly effective because the Ryzen 9 5950X.

For reference, Intel’s 10-core i9-10900K reached a rating of about 15,000. Single-core efficiency matched the opposite processors within the Ryzen 5000 vary, together with the one contained in the Falcon Northwest Talon.

Geekbench 5 gives extra grounded efficiency, however even then, the Ryzen 9 5950X outclassed the Core i9-10900K by round 30%. This take a look at confirmed some favor to single-core efficiency, too. My pattern chip confirmed a modest enchancment of about 6% over the CyberPower Xtreme rocking the Ryzen 7 5800X.

The Ryzen 5950X confirmed how shut it may possibly get to Threadripper chips within the content-creation benchmarks. In PugetBench for Premiere Professional, it managed an general rating of 1,088. That’s about 18% off the Threadripper 3995WX, which runs near $5,500. Exterior of workstation-class parts, there isn’t one other processor as highly effective because the Ryzen 9 5950X.

In Handbrake, the Ryzen 9 5950X truly met the Threadripper 3995WX, with just one second separating the render occasions. Intel’s Core i9-10900K didn’t fare as properly, sitting about 35% under the Ryzen 9 5950X in my Handbrake take a look at.

Gaming efficiency

For the machine Origin despatched me, 4K is the goal. The RTX 3080 Ti can blow previous 1080p and 1440p in most video games, attaining body charges properly about 100 frames per second (fps). You don’t must look additional than Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 to see that, the place the Neuron earned a 110 fps common at 1440p Extremely settings.

The RTX 3080 Ti goals for 4K, however it doesn’t all the time get there. Maxed out at 4K, I managed 55 fps in Murderer’s Creed Valhalla. This can be a very punishing title, and the RTX 3080 Ti is on the excessive finish of performers. Nonetheless, it solely confirmed a slight enchancment over the RTX 3080 contained in the HP Omen 30L. So far as the Falcon Northwest Talon with an RTX 3080, it scored identically.

Origin Neuron with the side panel off.

Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 fared significantly better with a 72 fps common at 4K Extremely. Fortnite was no match for the RTX 3080 Ti, both, because it scored above the RTX 3080 at 89 fps with the entire sliders turned up. Murderer’s Creed Valhalla and Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 are two of essentially the most demanding video games on PC, and the RTX 3080 Ti can nonetheless sustain with them.

The RTX 3080 can sustain, too. Even in essentially the most demanding conditions, just a few frames separate it and the Ti mannequin at 4K. Needless to say the RTX 3080 Ti is a $718 upcharge over the RTX 3080 within the Neuron. That additional worth barely buys you any extra efficiency at 4K.

That’s true even in artificial benchmarks. Evaluating my 3DMark Time Spy outcome to the common of RTX 3080 outcomes with the identical configuration, there’s solely a few 5% distinction. For reference, the RTX 3070 Ti is barely about 10% slower than the RTX 3080 Ti on this take a look at whereas being $1,000 much less at Origin.

Ray tracing is an enormous characteristic of the RTX 30-series, so I turned to Management for ray tracing efficiency. To my shock, the RTX 3080 Ti managed 35 fps at 4K with ray tracing turned to Excessive. That’s a few 44% efficiency penalty for having ray tracing on, however you may all the time use Nvidia’s Deep Studying Tremendous Sampling (DLSS) to spice up body charges.

The RTX 3080 Ti is a 4K gaming monster, however that shouldn’t shock anybody. It higher be for the value Origin is charging. What shocked me is simply how shut it’s to the RTX 3080, which is considerably cheaper. The non-Ti mannequin is slower, however when over $700 is on the road, a couple of additional frames are exhausting to justify.

Guarantee and assist

A giant motive to go prebuilt is assist. In any case, there aren’t any warranties for messing up a construct your self (even when the probabilities are low with the fitting instruction). Origin, together with principally all different {custom} PC builders, doesn’t do properly on this regard. For the Neuron, you’re taking a look at a one-year normal guarantee for part alternative, with free transport solely accessible for the primary 45 days.

The Neuron ships in a picket crate, so no free transport previous 45 days is an enormous deal. One 12 months is the usual for many PC builders, together with Maingear, Falcon Northwest, and CyberPowerPC. I might have favored to see free transport for the guarantee interval, although. That improve alone prices $70 at Origin.

It isn’t all unhealthy information for assist, although. After your buy, Origin gives 24/7 lifetime assist, in addition to free lifetime labor if you wish to improve your PC down the road.

Our take

Like most custom-built PCs, the Origin Neuron fees a premium for comfort. That premium isn’t as large in 2021 because it has been in earlier years, nonetheless. Holding in thoughts the value of an RTX 3080 Ti proper now, you can construct the precise machine Origin despatched me for round $1,400 versus $2,400. That additional $1,000 will get you the construct, some additional goodies, and a part alternative guarantee.

As somebody who enjoys placing collectively PCs, I’ll all the time select to economize and part out a system myself. Nevertheless, the value distinction at Origin isn’t that large, particularly on lower-spec machines. As my testing exhibits, you may get a lot of the efficiency of an RTX 3080 Ti out of the RTX 3080, too, and that distinction alone brings the value scales again in stability.

General, the Origin Neuron is an expertly constructed machine that earns its asking worth in a sea of machines that don’t. DIY is all the time cheaper, although, and the 2021 Neuron doesn’t change that.

Are there any alternate options?

Sure. The Maingear Vybe and Falcon Northwest Talon are {custom} alternate options, and the HP Omen 30L and prebuilt Maingear Vybe are cheaper choices you can’t configure. Origin stands out with construct high quality, together with clear cable administration and minimal bloatware. Nevertheless, the entire parts can be found individually, and also you’ll save large for those who piece them collectively your self.

How lengthy will it final?

The Origin Neuron will final so long as you need it to. It makes use of standardized parts, so you may proceed upgrading and increasing it for so long as the ATX normal is upheld. The bottom mannequin will maintain up at 1080p and 1440p for a number of years earlier than you could improve.

Must you purchase it?

A $1,000 constructing price is hard to swallow when you may construct an actual match your self, however for these not wanting to construct their very own, the Neuron is a wonderful premium possibility.

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