Digital Storm Fixes Noise Issues with Bolt PC and Throws in Better Components To Boot

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News Posted: Wed, Dec 19 2012 2:48 AM
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.

Digital Storm Bolt

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.

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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.

Digital Storm Bolt

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.
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Dorkstar replied on Wed, Dec 19 2012 9:46 AM

I like a company that owns up to it's mistakes.  I love a company that owns up to it's mistakes and makes it up to their customer.  Small form factor just isn't for me, I'm from Texas, everything is bigger in Texas :).  

  Side note:  Anyone ever have any experience with a white case, or in this instance, a "pearl white" case?  I think they're attractive, but I just don't see them looking clean very long, especially the inside with all the dust moving about.

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Shadizzle replied on Wed, Dec 19 2012 3:11 PM

@Dorkstar,

Some of the white cases, or Pearl white cases out there are def. attractive...

If you are a smoker, and smoke within the same area as your computer, I am sure you can do the math to that one...

Otherwise, like anything, keep your hands clean, wipe it down every so often. You all good!

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Dec 19 2012 6:06 PM

Well I've only had my Phantom 410 for a few months, but it hasn't been a problem yet.

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Dorkstar replied on Wed, Dec 19 2012 6:34 PM

Shadizzle:

@Dorkstar,

Some of the white cases, or Pearl white cases out there are def. attractive...

If you are a smoker, and smoke within the same area as your computer, I am sure you can do the math to that one...

Otherwise, like anything, keep your hands clean, wipe it down every so often. You all good!

I don't smoke cigarettes in the houses, but I do have two cats.

@CDeeter, is your phantom in white?

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sevags replied on Wed, Dec 19 2012 10:06 PM

Definitely respectable when a company listens to it's core target market, i've only seen Steam fix complaints this timely. I thought the original was a nice little PC but this is def something to consider, and I would like it in the gunmetal please =D

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CDeeter replied on Thu, Dec 20 2012 6:07 PM

Yep, that's it in my avatar. Also I have a forum post of the build  - http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/64248.aspx?PageIndex=1

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