Digital Storm Bolt II: Devil’s Canyon Inside

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SiSoft SANDRA and Cinebench

Next, we ran the system through SiSoft SANDRA and Cinebench. The SiSoft suite offers as a range of diagnostic and system utilities, including several benchmarks. These tests are designed to test particular components, including the processor, memory, graphics card, and the computer's main storage device.

Synthetic Benchmarks

SiSoft SANDRA has a variety of tests that stress specific components or simulate certain tasks. We put the Digital Storm Bolt II through the CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Physical Disks tests. Not surprisingly, having a true SSD makes a significant difference in the outcome of the Physical Disks test.

The Bolt II proved to be solid in the SiSoft SANDRA test challenging even the RUSH systems in the multimedia test. The system performed well in the processor test, too – keep in mind that the processors with the X label are the Extreme CPU versions, with particularly high clock speeds and additional cores.

Cinebench R11.5 and R15 64-bit
Content Creation Performance

Based on Maxon Cinema 4D software, this test uses a 3D scene and polygon and texture manipulation to assess GPU and CPU performance. We run three Cinebench tests: One run tests processor performance and has only one core enabled. The next run is identical, but all CPU cores are blazing. The final test is the OpenGL test, which runs through a short car chase. The scores are displayed in points, and higher scores are better for all tests.

The Cinebench scores won’t raise any eyebrows. The Bolt II struggled a bit in the older Cinebench test but straightened things out in Cinebench R15 with a killer single-thread score and solid multi-core performance.

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