Digital Storm Bolt Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review
Digital Storm has tackled the task of building a system that offers both high-performance parts and a small chassis with the Bolt series of custom PCs. Indeed, they nailed it on the compact size; the Bolt’s case measures just 3.6"(W) x 14"(H) x 15"(D), and while the components inside the Bolt we tested aren't the highest-end parts that money can buy, they're still fairly impressive.
Digital Storm Bolt dimensions and layout - click for high res.
Side Panel Ports:
Rear Panel Ports:
|Bolt Level 3
Intel Core i5-3570K (3.4GHz, overclocked to 4.2GHz)
8GB DDR3-1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Series
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti (2GB)
60GB Corsair SSD, 1TB (7200 RPM) HDD
DVD/CD 8x Multi
Air cooling, five heat pipes
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dual Realtek Gigabit LAN, WiFi
2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, headphone and mic jacks
PS/2, 2 HDMI, 2 antenna connectors, DVI-I, 2 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, 2 LAN, optical S/PDIF, audio jacks (x5)
Integrated motherboard audio
500W Digital Storm Certified BOLT Edition
3.6"(W) x 14"(H) x 15"(D)
3-year limited warranty
$1,599 (as configured)
Digital Storm paired a 60GB Corsair SSD with a 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM) for a nice one-two combination of speed and storage capacity, and the optical drive is a slim DVD/CD 8x Multi drive.
All of the above is connected to a Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI motherboard, which features a fine assortment of rear I/O ports including a PS/2 port, two HDMI ports, DVI-I, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, a pair of Gigabit LAN ports, an optical S/PDIF port, two antenna connectors, and five audio jacks.
There are also two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and mic/line in jacks mounted on a side panel. Typically, these are mounted on the front of the case, but Digital Storm made the interesting design choice to tuck them off to the side.
Normally, you’ll get an “accessories box” and a Digital Storm Binder with documentation and installation discs, but because we have a media test unit, Digital Storm didn’t send us all those goodies. So it goes.
Before we dive into our benchmark testing, let's take a closer look at this rig.