Digital Storm Bolt Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

SiSoft SANDRA and Cinebench

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks).

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA
Synthetic Benchmarks

The Bolt's SANDRA CPU scores are unimpressive here. It lags behind two other systems on the multimedia side--barely edging out the iBuyPower system--and also comes in third with processor arithmetic. Those Sandy Bridge processors are impressive, and although Intel's new Ivy Bridge chips are great as well, it looks like the higher-end previous generation Core i7 CPUs in the other systems still pack a wallop.  

The 8GB of 1600MHz memory running inside the Digital Storm Bolt helped deliver a strong memory score commensurate with other gaming rigs in our lineup, and the hard drive setup with SSD cache held its own by beating out the field by a wide margin.

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Content Creation Performance
Maxon's Cinebench R11.5 benchmark is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D software used for 3D content creation chores and tests both the CPU and GPU in separate benchmark runs. On the CPU side, Cinebench renders a photorealistic 3D scene by tapping into up to 64 processing threads (CPU) to process more than 300,000 total polygons, while the GPU benchmark measures graphics performance by manipulating nearly 1 million polygons and huge amounts of textures.

In Cinebench, we see numbers that jibe with what we’ve seen with Ivy Bridge versus Sandy Bridge CPUs, which is that single-thread performance is comparatively very strong in the former. Thus, the Bolt’s multi-thread Ivy Bridge Core i5-3570K performance actually outpaces a couple of the Core i5 Sandy Bridge systems. Its single-thread performance was even stronger however.

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