Origin PC Neuron 4000X Review: A Powerful, Clean 12th Gen Gaming PC

Origin PC has been building top-tier gaming platforms for over a decade now, and the attention to detail the company shows in its buildings is right there with the best of them. There was a time when Origin PC featured custom chassis designs, like the Genesis series of years past, which only had Origin in its lineup. However, since Corsair acquired Corsair, there has been a shift in the design philosophy that has been good and has been beneficial to both Origin PC and its customers. This integration with Corsair has enabled Origin to create a cohesive ecosystem within the gaming PC family, and this is most evident in the Origin PC NEURON 4000X that we’ll show you here. The Origin PC NEURON series is available in a variety of Corsair 4000 cases, with hard, plexiglass or glass front and side panels. At first we had some concerns about airflow with the hard-glass front panel option that was sent in for review, but the Origin PC has a fan-loaded NEURON 4000X everywhere available, so it should be able to move a lot of air. The starting point for the NEURON series is $2,299, with an Intel Core i9-11700K and GeForce RTX 3060 on board. However, the model we tested is powered by a 12th-generation Intel Core i9-12900K processor from Alder Lake and an ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080Ti. The CPU and GPU combo, along with several other upgrades, swells the price of this system upwards of $4,797.

Does the performance and user experience with the fully loaded Origin PC NEURON 4000X justify the asking price? Well, that’s what we’ll find out…

Origin PC NEURON 4000X Specifications and Features

Original Computer Specification 4000x

At the heart of the Origin PC NEURON 4000X we’ll show you here is the Intel 12th-gen Core i9-12900K, housed in the LGA 1700 socket of the MSI MPG Z690 Force WiFi DDR5 motherboard. The Core i9-12900K is one of the fastest gaming processors available and has 8 high-performance cores with HyperThreading combined with 8 low-power efficiency cores to handle lighter workloads, making a total of 16 cores and 24 threads of processing power. If you’d prefer to go a different route and downsize things a bit, Origin PC also offers other Alder Lake CPUs in addition to the 11th-generation Rocket Lake processors. If you prefer AMD Ryzen processors, Origin PC has you covered there too with plenty of available configurations. When it comes to NEURON cooling, the Origin has several options available, from a single 120mm AIO, to a 360mm AIO, while our review system came with a Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix LCD, which offers some fun customization capabilities.

Original computer cpu cooler
Corsair H100i displays the Origin PC logo well

A new feature for the Intel 12th-gen Core series is DDR5 memory support, and the Origin PC brings the fire to the ground here. Our NEURON 4000X 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB is equipped with a 2x16GB configuration operating at 5200MHz. While NEURON can be tempered with non-RGB Vengeance units, even those kits have a nice heat spreader on them, so there’s no bare RAM here. Storage on the NEURON 4000X is handled by two different drives. The primary storage uses the fast Corsair 1TB MP600 CORE Gen4 drive that’s home to Windows 11. The secondary drive is more tame, the 2TB Samsung 870 QVO Series drive. There are also spinning disc options, if you need a lot of storage capacity.

While NEURON can be equipped with a variety of GPUs, including the mainstream GeForce RTX 3060, we are equipped with the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. This particular model comes loaded with a beefy triple-fan design cooler, plenty of RGB lighting, and dual 8-pin PCIe power connections. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is generally a bit faster than the RTX 3080 and often competes with the RTX 3090, only with 12GB of RAM instead of the RTX 3090’s 24GB. If AMD Radeon is a favorite, Origin has you covered, too — Radeon RX 6000 Series cards are available as an option, ranging from the Radeon RX 6700 XT to the RX 6900 XT.

The origin of the computer GPU
ASUS TUF GeForce RTX 3080 has plenty of room to breathe

Network connectivity is handled by the MSI MPG Z690 Force’s integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5G wired multi-Gigabit Ethernet. It’s great to see older gigabit connections were left out of motherboards in favor of multifunctional Ethernet and the wireless connection was fast, stable, and often indistinguishable from a wired connection.

Front computer origin

The issues can be a controversial topic for some PC gamers. Oftentimes, system integrators such as Alienware or HP Omen will use a proprietary case tailored to their specific needs, which may or may not provide a lot of room for future upgrades. In the case of the Origin PC Neuron 4000X, the decision to use the Corsair 4000 Series was a good one. The Corsair 4000 Series gives users the ability to choose from three different panel options (including tempered glass, like our review sample) and the Corsair 4000 Series is a reasonably sized mid-tower tower that isn’t too bulky, but still offers room to grow. Fan mounting options are plentiful and has the ability to mount 6x 120mm or 4x 140mm fans with up to 360mm AIO in the front or 280mm AIO in the ceiling providing great flexibility now and in the future. Cable management in this case is excellent thanks to the low PSU compartment and ample space behind the motherboard tray. Don’t let that detract from the fact that Origin PC is adept at cable management – this was a neat build.

The origin of the back computer io

While the rear I/O is highly dependent on the motherboard and graphics card set used, we should point out our configuration nonetheless. The ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti gave us three display ports and a pair of HDMI outputs, more than enough options for almost any situation. Motherboard I/O was plentiful, too. The system has four USB 2.0 ports, five USB 3.2 (Type-A) ports, and one Gen 2×3 Type-C. There is one RJ-45 port and a pair of WiFi antenna mounts along with the Realtek ALC4080 5.1 audio outputs with SPDIF. Although there is an HDMI output and a Display Port in the motherboard’s I/O matrix, they are entirely dedicated to the processor’s integrated graphics. Front I/O is somewhat limited with the case containing a microphone/headphone combo jack, USB 3.2 Type C, and one USB 3.2 Type A port.

original computer box

Among the many things that Origin PC is known for are their premium charging boxes. The Origin PC Neuron 4000X shipped in a huge wooden box, and for what it’s worth, having to remove the top plate to get to it was pretty cool. Inside the box, the system is fixed with flexible rigid foam with soft cells that make the system as secure as possible. The separate care package is stored on top of the box containing all additional cables and guides. The system is also wrapped with an extendable cover to keep it free from dust and scratches. But the real cool touch is inside the case, where an expanding foam insert secures the graphics card and cooler in place, so it’s a worry-free charging experience.

Experience the original PC software

The origin of the computer program

As with most boutique systems, Origin PC keeps pre-installed bloatware to a minimum. Neuron came with Windows 11 out of the box, and other than the operating system itself, there’s not much to report about iCUE and MSI Center from Corsair. Both the apps are fairly easy to navigate and don’t bother users with constant popups. MSI Center helps manage driver and firmware updates and delivers a wealth of hardware health information, while Corsair iCUE provides full control of RGB lighting and fans throughout the Origin PC NEURON 4000X, along with additional hardware information.

With that roundup of the Origin PC NEURON 4000X out of the way, it’s time to move on and see how well the system performs in our suite of games and application benchmarks…

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