Digital Storm VIRTUE: Intel Haswell-Powered Gaming PC

Introduction and Specifications

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 aforementioned Xtreme Gamer 5200 the VIRTUE Level 3 is devoid of some of those fun bells and whistles we often see in and on larger gaming chassis. (Digital Storm Bolt, where are you?)

Digital Storm VIRTUE
Specifications & Features

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Digital Storm VIRTUE Level 3
Intel Core i7 4770K 3.50 GHz
ASUS Gryphon Z87
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3GB)
16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series
120GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD (SATA 6Gbps)
1TB Western Digital Caviar Black (7200 RPM)
ASUS Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (BC-12B1ST)
Corsair H100i 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme-Performance Edition)
Digital Storm TwisterBoost factory overclock
Windows 8 (64-bit)
1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX
3-year limited
$2,563 (as configured) 

The Digital Storm VIRTUE is powered by a factory-overclocked Intel Core i7-4770K processor and is paired to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) GPU. There’s also 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory in the system, plus a 120GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD and a 1TB WD Caviar Black (7200 RPM) storage drive, along with an ASUS Blu-ray player/DVD writer.

Digital Storm went with the ASUS Gryphon Z87 motherboard, which is designed for maximum durability and cooling thanks to its TUF armor and Thermal Radar features, and there’s a Corsair H100i liquid cooler with a 240mm top-mounted radiator keeping the CPU cool.

In addition to the factory CPU overclock, Digital Storm says that each system undergoes 72 hours of stress testing and benchmarking before it ships. Customers get a 3-year limited warranty, as well as lifetime tech support.

The Level 3 version of the Digital Storm VIRTUE that we tested is priced at $2,563.

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