In the notebook
world, we see a lot of change. Ultraportables have
become hip, and netbooks changed the category forever. But on the
desktop side, change comes a lot slower. The "beige box PC" reigned for
what felt like a decade, and for some time, Alienware
was just about the
only major company doing unique cases. But even now, with loads of
custom case makers, the design is generally the same: a rectangle, with a
few nooks and crannies to differentiate.
But Digital Storm is going for broke with a radical new design, the Enix
desktop PC. This machine is slimmer than a full-tower, but just as
powerful. The high-end version can be equipped with a 4.7GHz overclocked
Sandy Bridge CPU, while lower-end models ship with Core i3 and Core i5
processors from Intel's newest wave. The company calls this machine
their most innovative yet, and it sure looks that way. It's a small
profile box, with a microATX format and a motherboard that is rotated 90
degrees. This takes advantage of heat's tendency to rise, allowing it
to be slid into corners where normal desktops would be too wide.
Consumers can equip the machine with two GeForce GTX 580 GPUs if they
please, as well as 8GB of DDR3 RAM, USB 3.0 ports and all of the usual
extras. It's available now starting at $1132, and that seems like quite
the fair price given the premium that's built in for all that style.
Digital Storm's Enix Merges Minimalist Aesthetics with Brute Force Computing Power
Sandy Bridge architecture, vertical heat dissipation, efficient internal structure and above 4.7GHz overclocks, create a powerful gaming system unlike any other
Fremont, Calif. - (January 24, 2011) – Digital Storm, the predominant name in computer system integration and engineering, proudly debuts it's most innovative and efficient PC design to date - Enix.
The Enix from Digital Storm shatters the status quo by delivering bleeding edge performance while maintaining the minimalistic footprint of modern desktop computers. By disregarding the common wisdom that bigger is better, the Enix's small profile takes full advantage of the Micro ATX format. Overclocks of 4.7GHz and above are easily achieved thanks to the Enix's vertically cooled chassis and Intel's new powerful Sandy Bridge architecture. In addition, the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees taking full advantage of heat's natural tendency to rise. The Enix can also be customized to fit a dual GTX 580 configuration, giving it the versatility of being an elite gaming machine or a high performance workstation.
The Enix looks like no other desktop computer because it isn't one; it foregoes the inherited inefficiencies to be born anew in a bold sleek design. At its center is a computing engine capable of delivering the type of staggering performance most users thought wasn't possible with a modern desktop computer of similar size.
The design of the Enix's internal structure gives it numerous advantages over conventional desktop computers. The Enix's 90 degree motherboard rotation offers easy access to ports at the top of the chassis, eliminating the need to reach behind the computer to connect peripherals. Also, located at the top of the Enix is a hot-swap bay and two USB 3.0 ports. The hot-swap bay makes it easy to take your data on the go and the USB 3.0 ports provide blazing fast data transfer speeds. Additionally, the hard-drives in the Enix are all installed on the side of the chassis so that they can be passively cooled, minimizing noise for a silent user experience
"Enix's design is a dramatic departure from any system we've ever built in the past.
By rethinking conventional PC design the Enix provides our customers with every imaginable advantage over other machines," remarked Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "Accessibility to all the components is unparalleled and the vertically designed chassis keeps everything cool and quiet. Couple that with an outrageously overclocked Sandy Bridge chip and you have one of the most efficient and powerful machines on the market."
Digital Storm's Enix is available for purchase at http://www.digitalstormonline.com/compblackops.asp with a base configuration starting at $1,132.