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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

3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0



3DMark Vantage tests both processor and graphics performance and is a good indication of how systems compare. The results are generally more repeatable and consistent than other forms of benchmarking. Vantage uses DirectX 10 and can handle multi-core CPUs.




Considering it's lacking an SLI setup, the Bolt 2 does admirably well in our Vantage test. Producing an overall score of 27,891, it manages to make third place. However, its CPU score of 34,148 is the number one CPU score we've seen from any system. The GPU is bested by multi-GPU setups.



3DMark 11


Version and / or Patch Used:



3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.




3DMark 11 closes the gap, but the Bolt 2 still sees the highest CPU score with 11,373. Its overall score of 5,148 is in third place, again behind multi-GPU setups. In this test, we'd be hard pressed to say that it's better than the Quiet PC from AVADirect, as it just barely beats it.



3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0



Fire Strike is a new test that is designed for powerful gaming desktops. We have checked the "Extreme" test option to make it that much more torturing on the system. Overall, CPU, and GPU scores are reported.




Interestingly enough, the chart-topping Bolt 2 is bested by the Quiet Gaming PC, despite just barely winning in the 3DMark 11 test. Its overall score of 4,786 is just behind the 4,826 of the Quiet Gaming and is a third place finish, though the difference is easily within the testing margin of error. Its CPU score, however, bests that of the Quiet Gaming.



Battlefield 4


Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Origin Update


Battlefield 4 is the latest installation in the Battlefield franchise. We benchmark BF4 with a custom 60 second run played in a similar manner each time. Settings are 1080p and 4K for the resolution with the "Graphics Quality" set to Ultra.




As you can see in the chart above, 1080p gaming at Ultra detail is totally within reach. We found an average of 76.1 FPS in Battlefield 4. 4K gaming, however, is something that is out of reach, at least at Ultra Presets. A detail drop could likely bring it into reach, but if you really want 4K gaming, you should check out Digital Storm's 4K-capable PCs.



Crysis 3


Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Origin Update



Crysis 3 is run at 1080p and 4K resolution with the graphics specifications set to "Very High." No anti-aliasing is used. See picture above for full details, aside from resolution. FRAPS is used to record 60 seconds worth of FPS data and recording starts at the start of the campaign and finishes most of the way up the tower. The game is played in a similar manner each time.




Again, we see very similar results to BF4. 1080p gaming at Very High detail is completely reasonable, with an average of 62.5 FPS. 4K is again out of reach, with just 19 FPS being seen. A detail drop could bring it into reach, but you'll again likely want a multi-GPU setup to do 4K gaming at high detail.

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