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.
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 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.
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.