Origin Neuron (2021) assessment: A prebuilt worthy of the premium
“You possibly can construct the identical system for much less, however Origin makes a compelling argument to not.”
Wonderful cable administration and design
Lifetime 24/7 help
Nice CPU, GPU, and motherboard choices
Straightforward to improve
Few non-Corsair half choices
Restricted entrance panel ports
Why purchase a desktop PC when you possibly can 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 attempting 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.
Regardless that Origin’s prebuilt desktops embody many off-the-shelf components, they’re greater than only a few elements unexpectedly 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 possibly can outfit the Neuron with components 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 strong various to constructing your personal gaming PC. For those who don’t need a large tower taking over an excessive amount of room or a small type issue machine that might be susceptible to noise points, the Neuron is the proper possibility. And in 2021, most midrange configurations aren’t rather more costly than constructing a gaming rig your self.
The Origin Neuron is constructed with off-the-shelf components — assuming you will discover a graphics card, you possibly can put collectively a precise match. Due to that, it doesn’t function among the comforts of one thing just like the HP Omen 30L with its tool-less design. You’ll nonetheless have to unscrew issues and have a tray useful for components if you wish to get inside.
Nonetheless, the Corsair 4000X case makes upgrades really feel easy. The facet panels every include latches towards the entrance, which make it straightforward to fit them again in place, and the thumbscrews are captive. They also have a small yellow ring round them, which makes them straightforward to identify when taking off the facet panel.
It’s price noting that the Corsair 4000X is barely one of many case choices. It encompasses a tempered-glass facet panel, which stays on the facet of the case even with the thumbscrews out. To get it off, there’s a handy lever, which allowed me to take off the facet panel with out smudging it with fingerprints.
Though you possibly can put collectively the person components of the Origin Neuron your self, you may not be capable of 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 supplies.
You’ve got loads of room for upgrades, too. With all off-the-shelf components, you possibly can swap out something within the case down the road. The Corsair 4000X comes with two SSD trays and two laborious drive trays, providing you with loads of room for storage. As for M.2 help, it’s going to rely on the motherboard you select.
As soon as every little thing was arrange, I took a glance via the preinstalled software program. There have been a number of applications, most of which you’ll use. You’ve got 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 fans (together with myself). Nonetheless, these applications are helpful and don’t bloat the machine out of the field.
The ports you get on the Neuron will rely on 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 by way of connectivity, however sadly solely across the again of the chassis.
Up entrance, the Corsair 4000X has a pitiful choice. You’ve got one USB three.zero port, one USB-C three.1 port, and a headphone/microphone combo jack. That’s it. Though I liked seeing USB-C within the entrance, Corsair may 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.
My assessment 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 contains Gigabit and a pair of.5Gbit LAN, USB-C three.2, and 10 USB three.2 ports. For those who want loads of USB gadgets, this board has you lined.
Though you possibly can’t purchase the board in my unit proper now — at the very least 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 mixture with USB-C. An SD card reader would have been good, too, although most off-the-shelf instances don’t embody one.
My assessment unit was kitted out with the most recent components 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 presents as much as a 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X (although, not the Professional mannequin just like the Lenovo P620 presents).
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi
Corsair Vengeance RGB Professional 32GB three,200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Corsair MP600 1TB, Samsung 870 QVO 2TB
Corsair RM850X 80+ Gold
11 USB-A, two USB-C
2.5Gbit, 1Gbit Ethernet
The usual configuration runs about $2,400. For that value, you’re getting a Core i7-10700Ok, 16GB of reminiscence, and an RTX 3060 Ti. Though that is the “beginning value,” you possibly can 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 in a position to get the Neuron all the way down to $2,100 utilizing the configurator.
As for my assessment unit, it clocks in at simply over $5,100, and that’s a midrange configuration. Kitted out with the perfect of the perfect, you possibly can simply spend over $10,000 on the Neuron. If that appears like quite a bit, it’s as a result of the Neuron is rather more costly than the competitors.
I configured an nearly similar 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 $three,500.
The prebuilt Vybe is probably the most fascinating comparability. It’s nearly similar to the Neuron Origin despatched me, simply with a Ryzen 9 5900X processor. Origin presents a prebuilt model of the Neuron, nevertheless it’s restricted to at least one configuration. At HP and Maingear, you’ve gotten entry to a variety of choices, all of that are lower than customizing your personal rig.
It is a top-spec machine with among the highest-quality elements inside.
Nonetheless, it’s laborious to reach at a foul configuration given the choices the Neuron supplies. Exterior of the motherboard, graphics card, and processor, you’ve gotten entry to Corsair components, and Corsair makes nice RAM, energy provides, and AIO coolers. Though the vertical integration might rub some individuals the unsuitable approach, I can’t complain. It is a top-spec machine with among the highest-quality elements inside.
You largely have entry to Corsair drives, too, although Origin additionally presents a number of Samsung choices. Samsung drives are among the greatest, so I used to be glad to see them.
Nonetheless, I’ve a number 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 out there from Corsair. As well as, RGB case followers are obscenely costly given that you simply solely have entry to Corsair choices. They’re among the greatest PC case followers round, however they’ve a value to match.
And value is the primary concern. I parted out the bottom machine utilizing presently accessible costs (with MSRP for the graphics card) and got here out at $1,430. That’s almost $1,000 premium to Origin for some additional branding and placing every little thing 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 could be near $2,000.
Processor efficiency goes to return all the way down to the way you configure the Neuron. For those who select to go along with the Ryzen 9 5950X like my assessment unit had, you’re in luck. There’s nothing fairly as highly effective on shopper desktops, outdoors 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 outdoors of Threadripper.
Exterior of workstation-class components, there isn’t one other processor as highly effective because the Ryzen 9 5950X.
For reference, Intel’s 10-core i9-10900Ok 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 supplies extra grounded efficiency, however even then, the Ryzen 9 5950X outclassed the Core i9-10900Ok by round 30%. This check 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 could actually 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 components, 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 instances. Intel’s Core i9-10900Ok didn’t fare as effectively, sitting about 35% under the Ryzen 9 5950X in my Handbrake check.
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 effectively about 100 frames per second (fps). You don’t have to look additional than Pink Useless 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, nevertheless it doesn’t at all times get there. Maxed out at 4K, I managed 55 fps in Murderer’s Creed Valhalla. It is 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.
Pink Useless 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 Pink Useless Redemption 2 are two of probably 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 probably 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 value barely buys you any extra efficiency at 4K.
That’s true even in artificial benchmarks. Evaluating my 3DMark Time Spy outcome to the typical 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 check whereas being $1,000 much less at Origin.
Ray tracing is a giant function 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 possibly can at all times 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 number of additional frames are laborious to justify.
Guarantee and help
An enormous motive to go prebuilt is help. In any case, there aren’t any warranties for messing up a construct your self (even when the probabilities are low with the suitable instruction). Origin, together with mainly all different custom PC builders, doesn’t do effectively on this regard. For the Neuron, you’re taking a look at a one-year normal guarantee for half alternative, with free delivery solely accessible for the primary 45 days.
The Neuron ships in a wood crate, so no free delivery previous 45 days is a giant deal. One 12 months is the usual for many PC builders, together with Maingear, Falcon Northwest, and CyberPowerPC. I might have appreciated to see free delivery for the guarantee interval, although. That improve alone prices $70 at Origin.
It isn’t all dangerous information for help, although. After your buy, Origin presents 24/7 lifetime help, in addition to free lifetime labor if you wish to improve your PC down the road.
Like most custom-built PCs, the Origin Neuron expenses a premium for comfort. That premium isn’t as large in 2021 because it has been in earlier years, nonetheless. Preserving in thoughts the value of an RTX 3080 Ti proper now, you might 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 component alternative guarantee.
As somebody who enjoys placing collectively PCs, I’ll at all times select to save cash and half out a system myself. Nonetheless, the value distinction at Origin isn’t that large, particularly on lower-spec machines. As my testing reveals, you will 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 steadiness.
General, the Origin Neuron is an expertly constructed machine that earns its asking value in a sea of machines that don’t. DIY is at all times 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 that you may’t configure. Origin stands out with construct high quality, together with clear cable administration and minimal bloatware. Nonetheless, the entire elements can be found individually, and also you’ll save large in the event you 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 components, so you possibly can 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 it is advisable to improve.
Do you have to purchase it?
A $1,000 constructing charge is hard to swallow when you possibly can construct a precise match your self, however for these not wanting to construct their very own, the Neuron is a superb premium possibility.