Corsair recently released its 5000T gaming PC case to positive reviews, so it’s only fitting that subsidiary Origin is now selling pre-built systems that use the shiny new case.
The team at Origin recently sent a beast of a unit for testing worth a whopping $5,484 [Update: now adjusted to $5,340 to reflect current market prices]and it’s filled with all the cutting-edge tech you’d expect for such an astronomical price:
- CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K 16 cores 3.2GHz (5.2GHz TurboBoost)
- motherboard: MSI MPG Z690 FORCE WLAN DDR5
- Graphic card: NVIDIA 24GB GeForce RTX 3090
- Memory: 32GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 (2 x 16GB) 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: 2TB Samsung 870 QVO series
- Power adapter: CORSAIR 850X RMX SERIES PLUS GOLD
case and aesthetics
Let’s talk about the chassis first. It’s quite a departure from the last Corsair-related system I covered, the sleek i300, which fits squarely into the SFF market with its Xbox Series Miniature X-like stature. The 5000T takes a decidedly non-SFF curve with a much larger footprint and a more eye-catching presentation.
Corsair and Origin market this rig as a mid-tower, but after breaking it out of the literal box they sent in, I have a few opinions. The shipping crate with the PC inside weighed 79 pounds, and when I pulled the 5000T out of its wooden sarcophagus and saw how imposing it really was, I decided it was more of a mid-tower…plus?
The 5000T is significantly larger than all of NZXT’s mid-tower offerings, for example. This means there’s plenty of room for components and airflow, all of which (including the case itself) feature RGB controllable via Corsair’s iCue software. Also customizable is the H150i Elite AIO’s LCD screen, which lets you view everything from system temperatures to the latest horny memes.
Here’s some honesty about cooling: There are a lot of fans (10 total, not counting those on the GPU) on this system, and these fans did it noisy on first boot. Or rather, they were too reactive/sensitive to what was happening with the CPU and GPU.
Even on the “calm” iCue preset, the curves were ridiculously aggressive. I didn’t dare set the options to “Balanced” or “Extreme” for fear that the machine would somehow take off. Every time the CPU or GPU literally did anything, the entire system would boot up like a jet engine and just as quickly fall back into silence.
The good news is that I was able to work with the Origin/Corsair team to fix what appeared to be an issue with the fan controller and how it communicates with the CPU. After a few simple changes, fans started behaving normally. I hope they can integrate this fix into iCue in the coming weeks or months. Because let’s face it – most people who buy a pre-built one won’t want to bother with such little things.
Temperatures on this millennium rig have generally been pretty solid. The CPU idled at around 35C and peaked at around 91C under full synthetic load, and this was with the “Balanced” fan curve selected. It usually added a few more degrees when I kept the machine on “quiet”.
In comparison, the GPU stayed at around 29 °C while idling and reached around 66 °C during various synthetic stress tests. When gaming, this peak temperature was significantly lower, even in 4K at maximum graphics settings.
Access, I/O, storage and memory
The interior of the case can be accessed through either the tempered glass side panel or the opposing solid aluminum panel, both of which hinge and snap into place rather than being held in place magnetically. The same goes for the top cover, which houses the I/O and top dust filter. I would have preferred a magnetic solution as pulling and pushing the panels feels awkward and inelegant and requires too much force to work. At least the front dust filter and fairing are magnetic, making them easy to detach.
In that sense, Front I/O was a pleasant surprise. The 5000T has more ports than I’m used to from mid-towers, with four luxurious discrete USB 3.0 inputs, a USB-C port and a headphone/mic combo jack. It’s bordering on USB hub territory, which I appreciate.
Storage is just enough. They have a 1TB NVMe SSD on the motherboard, which I filled with games in about ten seconds. At the very least, Origin included a 2TB SATA hard drive for storing photos, videos, or games you don’t play that often.
The 32GB of 4800MHz Dominator Platinum RAM (or Dom Plats, if you’re so cool) is more than enough storage power to play almost any modern game with a few dozen Chrome tabs open. However, I would have wished for higher speeds here, since DDR5 is now moving into the 6000MHz range. DDR5 is still hard to come by at reasonable prices, so I can’t complain too much.
With an RTX 3090 paired with Intel’s top-of-the-line i9-12900K, this machine pumps out insane graphics in the latest games with ease, as you’d expect. Elden Ring was the only latecomer, probably because it’s a console port and is predictably locked at a steadfast 60fps (for now):
- ForzaHorizon 5: 4K, Extreme, AVG FPS 68, MIN FPS 57
- Elden Ring: 4K, Maximum, AVG FPS 60, MIN FPS 60
- Cyberpunk 2077: 4K, Raytracing Ultra, AVG FPS 63, MIN FPS 52
- Halo Infinite: 4K, Ultra, average frames per second 71, minimum frames per second 62
- New world: 4K, Very High, AVG FPS 86, MIN FPS 71
- Far Cry 6: 4K, Ultra, average frames per second 71, minimum frames per second 64
It’s hard to imagine that these components can’t handle game (or creative) content. With its Alder Lake configuration and one of the best graphics cards out there, you won’t need to upgrade this thing any time soon.
If you have $5,000 to spend on a brand new pre-built gaming rig, then you can’t go wrong with Origin’s new Millennium configuration. Personally, I’m a bit more of a penchant for smaller rigs, so the similarly priced i300 makes a slightly better argument for such an investment, albeit with the noticeable downside of less upgradeability.
When it comes to gaming, you undoubtedly won’t get much better. The machine can also double as a solid productivity rig, although you might want to opt for slightly more powerful (and ample) RAM if you’re going down that route. That said, I don’t know how you’re supposed to get anything done when the games here look and play so well.
Disclosure: Origin has provided the review product for reporting purposes.