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Digital Storm Bolt 2 SFF Gaming Desktop PC Review

By: Trace Hagan | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 2, 2014 9:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Digital Storm

Packaging

 

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Above, left, you can see the standard Digital Storm PC box design that the company uses on all boxes. Above, right, you can see that the system is wrapped in a thick plastic bag and placed inside foam supports.

 

The system arrived without issue. We didn't find vacuum foam inside the chassis, mainly due to how tight everything is put together.

 

 

System Pictures

 

The following pictures are of the system:

 

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This is the right side of the system, when looking from the front. It's the side the front I/O is on and is the side you open to gain access to the motherboard. It's opposite of most cases, which I like because it puts the window on a side where I will actually see it. My PC is almost always to the left as the right side is reserved for the mouse pad and mouse, in my case.

 

The I/O panel contains a multi-function card reader with support for more than five different types of standard cards, microSD and SD included. There are also three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and the standard microphone and headphone jacks.

 

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This is the left side of the machine and is the panel you would remove in order to gain access to the video card. You can see that it features a vent for the video card to pull in air as well as feet for if you want to lay the system on its side in a console-like manner.

 

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Here you can see the power, right, and reset, left, buttons as well as part of the slot-load Blu-ray player and DVD writer.

 

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Here we see the I/O panel of the Bolt 2. The motherboard used includes Wi-Fi and has a plethora of connections, including four USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a combo PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, gigabit Ethernet, Display Port and HDMI out, and DVI and D-Sub (VGA) out.

 

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Here we can see the internals and how they are tightly packed into the system. RAM can easily be switched out, and you can see that the different removable components are labeled as such.

 

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Here is the backside of the system. You can see the GPU, the fan controller (white/grey PCB), RGB lighting strip (by the GPU and fan controller PCB), and the generally clean wire management.

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