Corsair recently released its 5000T gaming PC chassis to favorable reviews, so it’s only fitting that the Origin subsidiary is now selling pre-built systems that use the shiny new case.
The Origin team recently sent a Beast of Unity for testing, worth $5,484 [Update: now adjusted to $5,340 to reflect current market prices]and it’s packed with all the cutting-edge technology you’d expect for such an astronomical price:
- CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K 16 Core 3.2GHz (5.2GHz TurboBoost)
- Motherboard : MSI MPG Z690 FORCE WiFi DDR5
- GPUs: NVIDIA 24GB GeForce RTX 3090
- Memory: 32GB 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
- Main player: CORSAIR 1TB MP600 CORE Gen4
- Storage drive: Samsung 870 QVO 2TB Series
- Power supply : CORSAIR 850X SERIES RMX PLUS GOLD
Case and Aesthetics
Let’s talk about the chassis first. It’s quite different from the last Corsair-bound system I covered, the sleek i300, which fits perfectly into the SFF market with its miniature Xbox Series X-esque stature. The 5000T takes a decidedly non-SFF twist with a much larger footprint and more conspicuous presentation.
Corsair and Origin are marketing this rig as a mid-tower, but after taking it out of the literal crate they shipped it in, I have a few opinions. The shipping crate with the PC inside weighed 79 pounds, and once I pulled the 5000T out of its wooden sarcophagus and saw how big it really was, I came to the conclusion that it was more of an intermediate tower… more?
The 5000T is noticeably larger than, say, any of NZXT’s mid-tower offerings. That means there’s plenty of room for components and airflow, which (including the case itself) feature RGB controllable via Corsair’s iCue software. The H150i Elite AIO’s LCD screen is also customizable, where you can display everything from system temperatures to the latest excellent meme.
Here’s some honest cooling info: there are a lot of fans (10 in total, not including the GPU ones) on this system and those fans were strong on first start. Or rather, they were too responsive/sensitive to everything that was going on with the CPU and GPU.
Even on the “silent” iCue preset, the curves were ridiculously aggressive. I didn’t dare move the options to “balanced” or “extreme” lest the machine somehow take off. Every time the CPU or GPU literally did something, the whole system revved up like a jet engine and just as quickly fell back to silence.
The good news is that I was able to work with the Origin/Corsair team to resolve this issue, which appeared to be an issue with the fan controller and its communication with the CPU. After a few simple changes, fans started behaving normally. Hopefully they can get this fix into iCue in the coming weeks or months. Because let’s face it – most people buying a pre-built won’t want to mess with details like this.
Temperatures on this Millenium platform in general have been pretty solid. The CPU idled around 35°C and peaked at around 91°C under full synthetic load, and that was with the “Balanced” fan curve selected. A few more degrees were usually added if I kept the machine on “silent”.
Comparatively, the GPU idled at around 29°C and reached around 66°C in various synthetic stress tests. While gaming, this maximum temperature was considerably lower, even at 4K with maximum graphics settings.
Access, I/O, Storage and Memory
The interior of the case is accessible via the tempered glass side panel or the opposing solid aluminum panel, both of which are hinged and snapped into place rather than held magnetically. The same goes for the top panel housing the I/O and the top dust filter. I would have much preferred a magnetic solution, as pulling and pushing the panels feels clunky and inelegant, requiring too much force to operate. At least the front dust filter and panel are magnetic, so they come off easily.
On that note, the front I/O was a pleasant surprise. The 5000T has more ports than I’m used to seeing on mid-towers, with four separate luxury USB 3.0 inputs, a USB-C port, and a headphone/microphone combo jack. It borders on USB hub territory, something I really appreciate.
The storage is just enough. You have a 1TB NVMe SSD on the motherboard, which I filled with games in about ten seconds. At least Origin included a 2TB SATA hard drive for storing photos, videos, or games you don’t play as often.
The 32GB of 4800MHz Dominator Platinum RAM (or Dom Plats, if you’re cool like that) is more than enough memory power to play just about any modern game with a few dozen Chrome tabs open. . I would have preferred higher speeds here, however, since DDR5 now hits the 6000 MHz realm. DDR5 is still hard to come by at reasonable prices, so I can’t complain too much, though.
As you’d expect, with an RTX 3090 paired with Intel’s high-end i9-12900K, this machine effortlessly produces insane visuals in all the latest games. Elden Ring was the only latecomer, probably because it’s a console port and was predictably locked at 60 FPS (for now) still:
- Forza Horizon 5: 4K, Extreme, AVG FPS 68, MIN FPS 57
- Ring of the Ancients: 4K, Max, AVG FPS 60, MIN FPS 60
- Cyberpunk 2077: 4K, Ray Tracing Ultra, AVG FPS 63, MIN FPS 52
- Infinite Halo: 4K, Ultra, AVG FPS 71, MIN FPS 62
- New world: 4K, Super High, AVG FPS 86, MIN FPS 71
- Far Cry 6: 4K, Ultra, AVG FPS 71, MIN FPS 64
It’s hard to imagine gaming content (or creative content, for that matter) that these components couldn’t handle. With its Alder Lake configuration, plus one of the best graphics cards around, you won’t need to update this thing anytime soon.
If you have $5000 to spend on a brand new pre-built gaming system, you can’t go wrong with Origin’s new Millennium setup. Personally, I’m a bit more of a supporter of smaller rigs, so the similarly priced i300 makes a slightly better case for such an investment, but with the notable downside of less upgradability.
When it comes to gaming, you won’t get much better than this, hands down. The machine can also serve as a solid productivity platform, although you may want to use more powerful (and more plentiful) RAM if you go that route. That said, I don’t know how you’ll do anything when the games look and play so well here.
Disclosure: Origin has provided a review product for coverage purposes.