Just how much power can you stuff into a small form factor rig? Ask that question of Digital Storm and the company will likely lay its fabulous Black Ops Enix on you.
Using Silverstone’s wickedly cool Fortress FT03 case, the Enix is like your typical small form factor lunch-box design, turned on its head. This gives it a couple of big advantages. The most obvious one is as clear as a skyscraper: a footprint that’s little larger than a piece of binder paper. The second advantage is thermals. Heat likes to rise, and with the GPUs’ exhaust ports pointed straight up, hot air quickly passes through the system.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm says you can throw overclocking caution to the wind with its new pint-sized Enix system built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform.
"By disregarding the common wisdom that bigger is better, the Enix's small profile takes full advantage of the Micro ATX format," Digital Storms says. "Overclocks of 4.7GHz and above are easily achieved thanks to the Enix's vertically cooled chassis and Intel's new powerful Sandy Bridge architecture."
Further helping your overclocking adventures, Digital Storm says the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees, aiding heat's natural tendency to rise.
"Enix's design is a dramatic departure from any system we've ever built in the past. By rethinking conventional PC design the Enix provides our customers with every imaginable advantage over other machines," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "Accessibility to all the components is unparalleled and the vertically designed chassis keeps everything cool and quiet. Couple that with an outrageously overclocked Sandy Bridge chip and you have one of the most efficient and powerful machines on the market."
Pricing starts out at $1,132 and includes an Intel Core i3 2100 (3.10GHz), 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM, Asus P8P67-M motherboard, 750W power supply, 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, DVD writer, GeForce GT 220 graphics, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Digital Storm also says it will overclock the processor to between 3.6GHz and 3.9GHz at no charge, between 4.0GHz and 4.7GHz for $49 (cooling upgraded recommended), and between 4.7GHz to 5.2GHz for $99 (liquid cooling upgrade recommended).
Digital Storm on Monday announced a "new breed of affordable laptops" the company pegs as ideal for a variety of multimedia apps and high performance gaming, all while intelligently sipping power.
The new xm15 line utilizes Nvidia's Optimus Hybrid technology, which as you now by know is an effective way to extend battery life without any user intervention. Nvidia's Optimus technology auto-switches between the integrated and discrete graphics chipsets based on what the task calls for, giving users a performance boost when needed.
A baseline config starts out at $1,000 and includes an Intel Core i5 520M processor, 4GB of DDR3-1066 memory, 320GB hard drive, Nvidia GT 425M GPU, and a DVD burner.
There are three other starting points to choose from, including the "Level 4: Ultimate" for $1,400. This one comes standard with a Core i7 640M processor, 8GB of DDR3-1066 RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a 6X Blu-ray reader. Other features include built-in eSATA and USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi.
How do you an overclock an Intel Core i7 980X processor to 4.6GHz with an idle temperature below zero degrees Celsius? Most people don't, but boutique system builder Digital Storm does with its new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System.
"The R&D conducted on this liquid chilled system has been the most labor intensive, but rewarding initiatives ever attempted by our engineers," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "With constant innovation happening in the hardware space, the demands on our engineers to design systems that optimize these components are unyielding. The Hailstorm gaming computer with the new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System fully maximizes the potential for each component like no other system we've ever built."
The Sub-Zero is made up of a series of TEC peltier coolers working in tandem with other liquid cooling components. Freezing liquid is delivered to the CPU, making ultra chilly temperatures (and high overclocks) possible.
As always, you have to pay to play, and a base configuration for rigs utilizing the new cooling solution start at $3,900.
Digital Storm on Monday announced a new gaming PC, the Black OPS Assassin. So what separates this one from all the rest? According to Digital Storm, the Black OPS Assassin is the "industry's most vastly superior vertically cooled" rig around.
"Assassin is the system that performance enthusiasts have been waiting for. The pairing of exceptional components, patented processes and bleeding-edge design enables components to be pushed far beyond what any other gaming PC on the market today can promise," remarked Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. "The ability to effectively remove component damaging and performance inhibiting heat is phenomenal, but I’m astonished by how quietly we were able to accomplish this. The phrase whisper quiet is an understatement."
Cooling duties are handled by three 180mm fans at the bottom of the chassis to push cold air vertically through the system before exhausting hot air from the top, whereas most traditional setups push air from the front to the back (horizontally). Combined with liquid cooling, Digital Storm claims the Assassin opens the door to "outrageous overclocking potential."
Pricing starts at about $2,400 and includes an Intel Core i7 930 processor, 6GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, EVGA X58 motherboard, GeForce GTX 470 videocard, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
When we introduced our new system benchmarks last month, we thought it might be at least six months before review machines began stomping the holy crap out of them. Unfortunately for us, Digital Storm couldn’t wait to pile it on. The company has unleashed a rig so damned powerful that we’re wondering if our new benchmarks and zero-point system aren’t already obsolete.
But what would you expect of a rig named HailStorm Black Ops Edition that’s equipped with Intel’s new hexa-core Core i7-980X CPU? The Core i7-980X normally clocks in at 3.33GHz, but Digital Storm pushes the CPU to 4.4GHz, with the help of an impressive dual-radiator and large ID hose water-cooling system. For graphics, the company combines three Radeon HD 5870 cards, which have been clock-bumped as well, thanks to the beefy water-cooling. Along with the CPU and GPU cooling, Digital Storm water-cools the chipset and voltage regulators on the EVGA X58 Classified motherboard. We still haven’t reviewed one of these EVGA boards, but its selection by several high-profile OEMs is making us want in on that action. Get the hint, EVGA? We should also mention that for the amount of hardware the HailStorm packs, it’s one of the quietest machine’s we’ve tested.
Digital Storm may have just built the baddest workstation on the block, or at least in the home consumer market. Tapping into Intel's latest and greatest, Digital Storm's new DAVINCI workstation crunches workloads with Intel's Core i7 980X Extreme Edition chip doing much of the heavy lifting.
Helping it go is an Nvidia PNY Quadro FX 1800 graphics card with 768MB of dedicated RAM. Other baseline specs include 12GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard, a 1000W power supply, and Windows 7 Professional.
"The philosophy behind DAVINCI is simple: engineer a workstation that completely maximizes application performance so that creative professionals can accelerate their productivity," commented Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. "Thanks to NVIDIA’s and Intel’s most powerful components to date, our DAVINCI workstations will be fully optimized for the forthcoming release of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5."
Digital Storm says it subjects each DAVINCI system to a rigorous 72-hour stress test prior to shipping. Should something break anyway, the rigs come backed with a 4-year warranty.
As equipped above, pricing starts at $4,995, which represents the company's mid-range (Professional) DAVINCI. There's also a Performance model that starts out at $2,952 (Intel Core i7 930, Quadro FX 580, 750W PSU) and an Enthusiast model that runs $5,778 (dual Intel Xeon E5530 chips, Intel Workstation board, Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 graphics, 1000W PSU).
Digital Storm becomes the latest boutique OEM to dance with Intel's 6-core Core i7 980X Extreme Edition processor. It's available in the company's high-end Black|OPS machine, which starts off at $5,642.
"The introduction of a six-core processor hyper threading capabilities is a momentous occasion for gaming enthusiasts," remarked Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "With our TwisterBoost overclocking package, we can overclock the i7-980X to a record breaking 4.4GHz. The results we've recorded on our test bench have been nothing short of astounding. I can honestly say that our Black OPS machines with this new CPU resulted in the most impressive gaming experience I've ever had."
So what else do you get for that kind of hefty investment? The other baseline specs include a 500GB hard drive with 16MB of cache, DVD burner, a pair of HD 5970 videocards, 6GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, EVGA X58 Classified motherboard, a 1200W PSU, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Kind of a quirky mix, though you're free to custom tailor the parts, assuming you have the wallet to accommodate and a penchant for buying pre-built.
Digital Storm launched their latest line-up of gaming desktops, the BlackOPS series. It offers a good amount of options in a pre-built performance desktop featuring Core i5 or i7 processors, and ATI or nVidia graphics solutions. You can start with a 2.66GHz Core i5 or blow your mind (and your budget) with the 3.2GHz Core i7.
Prices start at $1,709 for the Performance level and $3,102 for the Extreme. All models (there is a mid-line “Enthusiast” model as well) come with Digital Storm’s liquid cooling system with an optional noise-reduction package. You can also specify your machine to be overclocked and stress-tested (72 hours) before leaving the production line.