Corsair recently released its gaming 5000T chassis to positive reviews, so it’s only fitting that the Origin subsidiary is now selling pre-built systems that use the shiny new chassis.
The Origin team recently sent out a monster unit for testing, valued at a whopping $5,484 [Update: now adjusted to $5,340 to reflect current market prices]Packed with all the cutting-edge technology you’d expect for this astronomical asking price:
- CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K 16-Cores 3.2GHz (5.2GHz TurboBoost)
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z690 FORCE WiFi DDR5
- GPU: NVIDIA 24 GB GeForce RTX 3090
- memory: 32 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 (2x16GB) DDR5 4800MHz
- cooling: CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite with LCD Pump Cover
- fans: CORSAIR SP120 Elite Performance iCUE RGB Controlled by iCUE software
- Primary drive: Corsair 1TB MP600 Core Gen4
- Storage drive: Samsung 870 QVO Series 2TB
- Prince sultan university: Corsair 850X RMX SERIES PLUS GOLD
Condition and Aesthetics
Let’s talk about the structure first. It’s quite a departure from the last Corsair-related system you covered, the sleek i300, which fits snugly in the SFF market with its Xbox Series X-esque mini niche. The 5000T takes a non-SFF turn with much more room and a more ostentatious width.
Corsair and Origin market this device as a mid-tower, but after breaking it out of the literal box they sent it in, I have a few opinions. The cargo box with the PC inside weighed 79 pounds, and as soon as I got the 5000T out of its wooden coffin and saw how imposing it really was, I came to the conclusion that it was more than the middle of the tower…?
The 5000T is noticeably larger than any of the mid-tower NZXT offerings for example. This means there’s plenty of room for components and airflow, all of which (including the case itself) feature RGB that can be controlled via Corsair’s iCue software. The H150i Elite AIO’s LCD screen is also customizable, where you can view everything from system temperatures to the latest funny pictures.
Here’s some honestly about the cooling: There are a lot of fans (10 in total, not to mention the ones on the GPU) on this system and these fans were Aloud On first take off. Or rather, they were very reactive/sensitive to everything that happens with the CPU and GPU.
Even on iCue’s “quiet” preset, the curves were ridiculously aggressive. I didn’t dare move the options to “balanced” or “extreme” for fear that the machine would somehow fly. Anytime the CPU or GPU does literally anything, the entire system sizzles like a jet engine and quickly falls back into silence.
The good news is that I was able to work with the Origin/Corsair team to address this issue, which appeared to be an issue with the fan controller and how it communicates with the CPU. After a few simple changes, fans began to behave normally. I hope they can incorporate this fix into iCue in the coming weeks or months. Because let’s face it – most people who buy a prefab car won’t want to mess with details like this.
The temperatures on the Millennium podium were generally pretty solid. The CPU was idle around 35°C and peaked at around 91°C under full synthetic load, this was with the ‘balanced’ fan curve selected. Usually two more degrees are added if you keep the device in the “quiet” position.
Comparatively, the GPU stayed idle at around 29°C and reached around 66°C during various synthetic stress tests. While gaming, that maximum temperature was much lower, even in 4K at maximum graphics settings.
Access, I/O, Storage and Memory
The interior of the case is accessible through either the tempered glass side panel or the corresponding solid aluminum panel, both of which are hinged and held in place rather than holding them magnetically. The same is true for the top panel that houses the I/O inputs and the top dust filter. I would have much preferred a magnetic solution, as pulling and pushing the panels looks tricky and clunky, and requires a lot of force to work. The front and panel dust filter are at least magnetic, so they can be removed easily.
On that note, the front I/O was a pleasant surprise. The 5000T has more ports than you’re used to seeing in the middle towers, featuring four separate USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, and a combo headphone/mic jack. It’s a limitation on the USB hub area, which I really appreciate.
Storage is simply convenient. You have a 1TB NVMe SSD hard drive on your motherboard, and you’ve filled it up with games in about ten seconds. Origin included at least a 2TB SATA hard drive for throwing photos, videos, or games you don’t play often.
32GB of 4800MHz Dominator Platinum RAM (or Dom Plats, if you’re that cool) is more than enough memory horsepower to play any modern game with a few dozen Chrome tabs open. I’d prefer higher speeds here, because DDR5 now reaches the realm of 6000MHz. DDR5 is still hard to come by at affordable prices, so I can’t complain too much.
As expected, with the RTX 3090 paired with Intel’s latest i9-12900K, this machine pumps crazy visuals into the latest games. Elden Ring was the only villain, probably because it’s a console port and locks predictably at a constant 60fps (for now):
- Forza Horizon 5: 4K, Extreme, AVG FPS 68, MIN FPS 57
- Elden ring: 4K, Max, AVG FPS 60, MIN FPS 60
- Cyberpunk 2077: 4K, Ray Tracing Ultra, AVG FPS 63, MIN FPS 52
- Hello Infinite: 4K, Ultra, AVG FPS 71, MIN FPS 62
- new world: 4K, Ultra High, AVG FPS 86, MIN FPS 71
- Far Cry 6: 4K, Ultra, AVG FPS 71, MIN FPS 64
It’s hard to imagine any gaming content (or creative content, for that matter) that these components can’t handle. With an Alder Lake configuration, as well as one of the best graphics cards on the market, you won’t need to upgrade this thing anytime soon.
If you have $5,000 to blow on a brand new gaming system, you can’t go wrong with the new Millennium Origin configuration. Personally, I’m a bit more biased towards smaller excavators, so the similarly priced i300 makes a slightly better case for such an investment, despite its notable drawback of low upgradeability.
When it comes to gaming, it doesn’t get much better than this, hands free. The device could also double as a powerful productivity device, although you might want more powerful (and more plentiful) RAM if you’re going down such a road. Having said that, I don’t know how you’re going to get anything done when the games look and play really well here.
disclosure: Original provided a product review for coverage purposes.