Brushed aluminum on the outside, gaming grade components on the inside.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm doesn't believe the mid-tower form factor is getting its due as a viable option for high-end gaming. In order to change that perception, the company announced a new line of PCs called Virtue with the tagline, "A higher standard in PC gaming." The mid-tower case Digital Storm is using for these new PCs sports a brushed aluminum finish and steel exterior.
New Vanquish line of gaming PCs make a strong argument in favor of pre built versus DIY.
One of the beneifts of rolling your own rig is that you can potentially save money versus buying a pre built machine. That isn't always true of bulk OEMs that shovel piles of trialware and other third-party bloat as a way of reducing costs, but more often than not, boutique system builders attach hefty premiums to off-the-shelf parts you can purchase and assemble on your own. Digital Storm is looking to change the game.
Pricing starts at $2,762 for a Hailstorm II system.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm claims it's the first system integrator to build a gaming PC line -- Hailstorm II -- inside Corsair's Obsidian Series 900D chassis. Digital Storm chose Corsair's case with good reason. It offers space for up to four radiators ranging from 140mm to 480mm, and can accommodate up to four graphics cards, as well as multiple processors, depending on your budget.
The Titan's reduced length makes it an ideal fit for small form factor (SFF) gaming rigs.
Nvidia today unleashed its GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, which is supposed to offer nearly the same performance as its dual-GPU GTX 690 (check out our Titan preview). Equally remarkable is that Nvidia was able to shorten the length of the card by an inch, reduce noise output, and keep temperatures in check. Put it all together and you have a potent card destined for SFF systems, a point that wasn't lost on Digital Storm.
Nickel plated copper piping is a key feature in the Aventum II's cooling schematics.
Boutique builder Digital Storm just took its Aventum system to another level. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, out in the desert, Digital Storm unboxed its new Aventum II with a custom designed cooling solution and chassis that features copper piping and room for nearly two dozen fans (22, to be exact). If you've been damned to hell and can only take one item with you, this might be the only logical option.
The world's thinnest gaming desktop just received a few upgrades.
Digital Storm was as proud as a peacock when it unveiled its Bolt desktop back in October of this year, claiming it had designed the world's thinnest gaming PC. Now that it's been on the market for a couple of months, the boutique system builder has had a chance to evaluate customer feedback, and based on the responses it's received, the company decided to upgrade its Bolt line to run faster and quieter without jacking up the price.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm today unveiled Bolt, a small form factor (SFF) PC billed as the slimmest custom designed gaming computer ever built. Bolt is the latest attempt to port PC gaming to the living room with smaller size systems that have a comparable footprint to that of an Xbox 360 console, which pair nicely with Steam's new Big Picture Mode. The Bolt measures just 3.6 inches wide, 13.3 inches high, and 13.4 inches deep. That's just slightly more portly than the Xbox 360 Slim, which measures 3 inches (W) by 10.6 inches (H) by 10.4 inches (D).
Listen, this is Maximum PC, not Maximum Xbox 360 or Maximum Console, so obviously we're a little biased when it comes to which platform is the best for gaming. So is boutique builder Digital Storm, for that matter, but as Shakespeare wrote, "Truth is truth, no matter how much console gamers disagree" (it's pretty amazing he had the foresight to write about consoles way back when, isn't it?). So pardon Digital Storm for stating what we consider the obvious, and enjoy the company's infographic detailing exactly why PC gaming rules.
There was a time not that long ago when you couldn't touch a high-end laptop without spending a fortune, let alone a gaming grade notebook by a boutique builder. Now you can, as evidenced by Digital Storm's X17E, a 17-inch laptop built for gamers on an artist's budget. Pricing starts at $1,753, though you can go all out and pony up for an Intel Core i7 3920XM processor overclocked to 4.5GHz, among other upgrade options.
Low-cost PC manufacturers may be nervous about the touchscreen-friendly nature of Windows 8, but top-notch boutique PC builders ain't sweating Intel's Ivy Bridge launch. Over the weekend, a bevy of the biggest boutique names out there announced that the third-gen Core procs are now gracing the internals of several desktop offerings. Maingear even went so far as to roll out a whole new PC and announced a redesigned case for one of its best known builds.