Digital Storm's Enix Gaming System Reviewed - HotHardware

Digital Storm's Enix Gaming System Reviewed

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It's been a busy spring for OEMs, and Digital Storm is no exception. Earlier this year, Intel was forced to suspend shipments of Sandy Bridge's accompanying Cougar Point chipset while it fixed a design flaw. This, in turn, left both system OEMs and retail motherboard vendors no choice but to suspend/delay their own Sandy Bridge-based products. Now the market is awash with product refreshes, making it more difficult than ever for any one product to stand out from the crowd. Digital Storm's new Enix appears to pull it off nicely, however, at a (relatively) cheap price compared to many of the boutique systems we've reviewed in the past 18 months.

At $3300, our review system is actually an expensive version of the Enix. Digital Storm's basic Enix system starts off at $1125. After a few modifications (the base config pairs an SLI PSU with a non-SLI motherboard, a quad-core CPU), and opting to step up to a Radeon 6850 from a low-end GeForce GT 220 1GB. After these few upgrades, the system is $1306. While that's expensive compared to your average $500 Walmart special machine, it's reasonable for a boutique builder offering custom configurations of this type.

Digital Storm Enix
Specifications and Features (as tested)

Model

Enix

CPU

Intel Core i7-2600K

Motherboard

Asus P8P67-M

Memory

8GB DDR3-1600MHz Corsair Dominator DHX

Graphics

2x GTX 580 in SLI, 1.5GB RAM per GPU

Optical

BD-ROM / DVD writer

Storage

1x 128GB Corsair Performance 3 Series
1x 1TB WD Caviar Black (64MB cache)

Operating System

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

Ethernet

1x Realtek 8111E Gigabit LAN

Ports
6x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 rerouted), FireWire 1394a, eSATA, S/PDIF Out, 1x RJ45.
Sound

Integrated 8-channel Realtek ALC892

Power Supply

SilverStone 1kW Strider Gold (ST1000-G)

Cooling

Corsair H70 Liquid CPU Cooler
Overclocking

Yes, Overclock CPU To 4.7 - 5.2GHz
Dimensions
7.31" x 17.9" x 16.02" (WxDxH)
Warranty
Lifetime Customer Care / 3 Year Limited
Price
$3,355 (as configured)

In light of its specifications, the Enix is an excellent example of a "have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too" design. Digital Storm has packed the system with a 3.4GHz processor overclocked at 4.7GHz and a brace of GTX 580s, while simultaneously opting for an mATX tower designed to maximize airflow and accommodate high-end components. The case—SilverStone's FT03—minimizes chassis depth, thus creating a unique rectangular prism form factor.

With the Enix, Digital Storm set itself a very high hurdle. It's extremely difficult to balance ultra-high-end performance, equipment temperatures, and system noise. Heavy-handed overclocking makes it much harder to find that elusive sweet spot. All of the boutique builders that serve this rarefied market have struggled with this task at one time or another. In this case, we were concerned that Digital Storm might not have hit the mark. When we reviewed Digital Storm's Core i5-750 system 18 months ago, we were unhappy with both the decibel level and the frequency of the sound itself.

We'll tell you up front, the Enix fixes everything we didn't like about the older Core i5 system. While this particular Enix is far more expensive than the Core i5 we reviewed, it's possible to build an Enix that *is* within that system's price range. The downside here is that Digital Storm bit off a bit more than it should've when it tuned the Enix's performance. Details to follow.

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It would be good to offer this thing as the next giveaway here at HH, but only if I win it.

I like the case design, but probably would prefer just one of those GTX-580's in there to tame the thermals a bit.

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Great review Joel. I really like the silverstone case except for the slim dvd player requirement and the hard drive placement. They need some air movement around those drives, especially with wd blacks. Great performance in a sleek package, very nice.

anandtech does a nice review of the case.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4294/silverstone-ft03-nothing-else-like-it

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On the power consumption tables the color table is wrong :), peak is light blue and it says green.

Case looks NICE in looks, yet there is something pulling me away from it, maybe its the wide design on it.

Thanks for the review loved read it as much as i want it :)

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I would agree about the FT-03, not completely sold. I'm still waiting for one of their subzero systems to get a nice spotlight.

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Hrm. Thanks to those of you that pointed out the color oddity between the graph legend and the graph. I'll get fresh versions uploaded as soon as I've figured out how to make it not do that.

For those of you that might be confused, the lighter blue line *is* correctly colored, it's the legend that's mis-displaying.

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I would have to agree that they pushed this one a little too close to the edge.

How many of us have spent the night playing a game only to look up and see the sun rising? With the thermals this systems has would it make it till morning? Or does Furmark just beat up on systems that badly?

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nice review and like the power saving with this one. not a problem to get stability with this rig with a bit of compromise on the OC. Still not a big fan of slim-line optical on the SS chassis.The SS chassis is a deal breaker for me on this pre built. too much money spent when a better selection of chassis would be a better match for the hardware.

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I find myself again and again checking out the Digital Storm site...it's lust-worthy. That said, actually pulling the trigger on a pro-build is difficult. I can't, not build myself...but if money were no object or time was short-these systems are sweet!

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