Digital Storm Fixes Noise Issues with Bolt PC and Throws in Better Components To Boot - HotHardware
Digital Storm Fixes Noise Issues with Bolt PC and Throws in Better Components To Boot

Digital Storm Fixes Noise Issues with Bolt PC and Throws in Better Components To Boot

We found quite a bit to like about the Digital Storm Bolt Level 3 small form factor gaming PC when we reviewed it last month, including fine performance and a (mostly) smart and sexy custom chassis, but there were a couple of lingering issues that we weren’t thrilled about. Primarily, it was the noisiest PC we’d ever encountered, and there were also a few minor grievances with the ergonomics of the case, too.

In response, Digital Storm has redesigned the Bolt’s airflow to dramatically reduce noise, largely due to a new side vent and a new custom quiet fan profile for the Sparkle 500W Gold Plus PSU.

Digital Storm Bolt

The company also opted to goose the specs on the Level 3 edition of the Bolt (there are four “Levels” available) by upgrading the solid Intel Core i5-3570K CPU to a Core i7-3770K and doubling the SSD size from 60GB to 120GB, all without raising the price.

Digital Storm Bolt
Digital Storm Bolt with a new side vent up top

Although we felt the chassis’ paint job was excellent, the smudge-attracting glossy black finish apparently bothered enough people that Digital Storm worked up two new paint options--metallic gunmetal and pearl white.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s never good to ship a product with obvious shortcomings, but we’ll give DS some serious credit for admitting a mistake and fixing the problem and then some. The Bolt is now an even better SFF gaming rig, and it still costs $1,599.
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I like a company that owns up to it's mistakes.  I love a company that owns up to it's mistakes and makes it up to their customer.  Small form factor just isn't for me, I'm from Texas, everything is bigger in Texas :).  

  Side note:  Anyone ever have any experience with a white case, or in this instance, a "pearl white" case?  I think they're attractive, but I just don't see them looking clean very long, especially the inside with all the dust moving about.

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@Dorkstar,

Some of the white cases, or Pearl white cases out there are def. attractive...

If you are a smoker, and smoke within the same area as your computer, I am sure you can do the math to that one...

Otherwise, like anything, keep your hands clean, wipe it down every so often. You all good!

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Shadizzle:

@Dorkstar,

Some of the white cases, or Pearl white cases out there are def. attractive...

If you are a smoker, and smoke within the same area as your computer, I am sure you can do the math to that one...

Otherwise, like anything, keep your hands clean, wipe it down every so often. You all good!

I don't smoke cigarettes in the houses, but I do have two cats.

@CDeeter, is your phantom in white?

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Yep, that's it in my avatar. Also I have a forum post of the build  - http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/64248.aspx?PageIndex=1

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Well I've only had my Phantom 410 for a few months, but it hasn't been a problem yet.

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Definitely respectable when a company listens to it's core target market, i've only seen Steam fix complaints this timely. I thought the original was a nice little PC but this is def something to consider, and I would like it in the gunmetal please =D

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