Digital Storm Bolt Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review - HotHardware

Digital Storm Bolt Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

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To kick things off, we fired up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads, stressing various system subsets in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here, and most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance



The Digital Storm Bolt absolutely smoked the competition in PCMark Vantage. Granted, these other systems are all packing last-generation processors and graphics cards, but with the exception of the Alienware rig, these are all mid- or full-tower gaming systems, not small form factor PCs.



The scores for PCMark 7 are essentially identical to those for PCMark Vantage, with the Bolt clearly out in front and by roughly the same percentage.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance
The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically targeted at Windows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11 requirement. 3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x720 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.




In 3DMark 11, the Bolt falls back to earth somewhat, although it does handily beat out all but one of the other systems.

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Tiny little powerhouse.

It's a shame about the noise.

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that is a pretty sexy little beast. digital storm puts out some great stuff but you srsly pay a premium for it. it sucks. i ended up getting a prebuilt from ironsidecomputers.com last month for a lot less and i'm super happy with it. hopefully they don't raise their prices like ds

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Nice review. Thanks for the discussion. :)

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Nice little piece of hardware! Looks awesome, performs awesome!

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oo bad it doesn't sound awesome... The sound would be pretty hard for some people to deal with, and others probably wouldn't be to impressed with those temps either.

But who gives a hey? Its still amazing how much they could fit in it :D

Nice review! Can't wait to see more :D

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I like how more companies are making these SFF PC's. Thanks for the review.

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I really like the fact that the GPU is facing outwards on the side of the case.  I know cards today don't run quite as hot as my GTX 285 does, but the heat coming off the GPU was always a large concern for me.  The exhaust fan points right underneath my CPU, and I always feared it would cause a heat issue for my cpu, which it hasn't, but seeing that the GPU is usually the hottest device inside the case, I think it would be a nice idea to get that hot hair blowing directly out of the case rather than circulating around inside.

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This IMO is a work of art. With PC's becoming smaller that means people won't be so hesitant to bring their PC to the next big local LAN. I see it like this, smaller form factor + less work = more LAN.

 

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I dont get why anyone wants a small form factor PC.  It always comes with limitations.  
My first PC was a small form factor, and I couldn't upgrade it.  It was miserable and costly.  

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