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Digital Storm’s latest offering, the Vanquish II, features some excellent components inside, but none is quite the top end. Performance will take a hit to be sure, but so does the cost. Digital Storm offers four base configurations of the Vanquish II. Level 1 costs a mere pittance (relatively speaking) at $699, while the Level 2 ($779) and Level 3 ($979) give users three Vanquish II systems to choose from under $1,000. It’s the Level 4 that we’re evaluating today, and at $1,259 the question is, did Digital Storm find the right balance of performance and price? Digital Storm Vanquish... Read more...
We’ve seen our share of obscenely tricked-out systems as of late; rigs like the Maingear Rush and Epic Rush, the iBuypower Chimera 4SE FX Ultimate, and the Falcon Northwest Tiki (among others) are bursting at the seams with the hottest hardware, but of course, those systems typically have commensurate price tags. None of the above cost less than $2,700, and the Maingear Rush drains the pocketbook at a whopping $8,393 as configured. Digital Storm’s latest offering, the Vanquish II, take a completely different approach. It still has excellent components inside, but none... Read more...
Digital Storm debuted a new fleet of gaming notebooks rocking NVIDIA GTX 800M series graphics and Intel Core i7 4000 series CPUs, and one of the four--the aptly named “Behemoth”--offers a pair of NVIDIA GTX 880M GPUs in SLI. There are four notebooks in the family, the 15.6-inch Javelin and Lance and the 17.3-inch Krypton and Behemoth. Digital Storm offers all four at multiple levels and configurations. At the highest end of the line, the Behemoth sports an Intel Core i7-4930MX processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory, a 256GB SSD and 750GB (7200 rpm) HDD storage setup, and a 17.3-inch... Read more...
The long-awaited Steam Machine consoles are rolling out, and Digital Storm fittingly placed the “Bolt” name on its version. The first Bolt, which we reviewed, was all the things we expect now from Steam Machines--compact size, excellent specs, and a cool design. The Digital Storm Bolt II is a SFF and hybrid Steam Machine, which is to say that it offers both Steam OS and Windows, thus giving gamers the option to run either OS. That perhaps runs slightly counter to what Valve had in mind with Steam OS, but it’s a terrific idea nonetheless. “We (Digital Storm) are not looking... Read more...
Speaking of Digital Storm, the custom PC maker announced a 13.3-inch gaming notebook nearing the VELOCE moniker, which is a good bit smaller than the beastly and powerful 17-inch systems that we so often see. The Haswell-based VELOCE features an Intel Core i7-4800MQ quad-core processor, full HD 13.3-inch display, NVIDIA GTX 765M (2GB) graphics card, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, a DVD/CD 8x multi drive, and an mSATA SSD and 750GB Hybrid (7200 RPM) hard drive. Ports include SuperSpeed USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, and VGA out, and there’s also a dedicated network port with Killer Wireless-N 1202 wireless... Read more...
The Intel Haswell-based gaming rigs keep coming. Digital Storm sent us a mid tower gaming machine dubbed the Digital Storm VIRTUE Level 3, which boasts some hot, next-gen components wrapped inside a stoic, unadorned chassis--rather like the CyberPowerPC Xtreme Gamer 5200 we just looked at. Digital Storm says that the VIRTUE was an effort to create a mid tower-sized option that evinced the same care and attention typically devoted to the bigger, showier gaming rigs we're used to seeing. The Digital Storm VIRTUE is powered by a factory-overclocked Intel Core i7-4770K processor and is paired to an... Read more...
The Intel Haswell-based gaming rigs keep coming. Digital Storm sent us a mid tower gaming machine dubbed the Digital Storm VIRTUE Level 3, which boasts some hot, next-gen components wrapped inside a stoic, unadorned chassis--rather like the CyberPowerPC Xtreme Gamer 5200 we just looked at. Digital Storm says that the VIRTUE was an effort to create a mid tower-sized option that evinced the same care and attention typically devoted to the bigger, showier gaming rigs we’re used to seeing. The VIRTUE is certainly well-made, and there’s surely a market for mid tower rigs, but like the... Read more...
PC enthusiasts have long discussed the logic of buying a pre-built gaming system when one could be put together by oneself using off the shelf parts for less money and with more personal satisfaction. Of course, there are merits to both ways of doing things, but Digital Storm believes that it’s essentially laid to rest the issue of cost with its new line of VANQUISH gaming PCs. Based on Newegg prices as of a few days ago, Digital Storm says that the four VANQUISH systems will only cost $23-$58 more than a DIY system built using identical components. (Those are very specific dollar amounts.)... Read more...
Digital Storm is not messing around with its latest line of gaming PCs, the Hailstorm II; these systems are absolutely packed to the gills with high-end hardware and components, and they have commensurate price tags. The lowest-level Hailstorm II rig, the Level 1, starts at $2,762. It goes up from there; the Level 4’s base configuration is $8,085. The Hailstorm II systems are wrapped in Corsair Obsidian 900D cases, and despite being loaded down by fans aplenty (the chassis supports up to 15), these rigs can handle up to four radiators (140mm to 480mm) for a killer liquid cooling setup. For... Read more...
Several boutique builders including MAINGEAR and Origin PC are announcing systems with NVIDIA’s new GTX Titan GPU (the latter of which includes liquid cooling for the cards) on board, and so we’re not surprised to see that Digital Storm is doing the same. However, it’s a bit shocking to see that Digital Storm has chosen its new small form factor PC, the Bolt, for NVIDIA’s latest and greatest graphics card. We’re seeing more and more horsepower from SFF gaming rigs, to be sure, but usually the biggest and baddest components wind up in builders’ biggest and baddest... Read more...
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... Read more...
Gaming PCs come in all shapes and sizes, but the small form factor gaming rig is not one that you see all that often. When it comes to tablets, notebooks and small form factor PCs, “thin and light” may indicate the latest and greatest in design and mobile components, but when it comes to gaming, a lithe chassis can be indicative of deep compromises on the performance inside. 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... Read more...
Gaming PCs come in all shapes and sizes, but the small form factor gaming rig is not one that you see all that often. When it comes to tablets, notebooks and small form factor PCs, “thin and light” may indicate the latest and greatest in design and mobile components, but when it comes to gaming, a lithe chassis can be indicative of deep compromises on the performance inside. 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... Read more...
Custom gaming rigs are often a thing of beauty, but they’re also usually quite large; not so with Digital Storm’s Bolt gaming PC, which measures just 3.6 inches wide and about 14 inches square. In truth, it looks more like an HTPC than anything else, but it has the guts of a gamer. Inside that lithe custom-built chassis is (up to) an Intel Core i7-3770K, an ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (2GB), and 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM. For storage, the Bolt features a 120GB SSD paired with a 1TB (7200RPM) hard drive, and there’s a slim 8x DVD-RW optical drive, as... Read more...
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