Digital Storm Bolt Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

PCMark and 3DMark Tests

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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