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Digital Storm Bolt Desktop Gaming PC Review

By: Trace Hagan | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 3:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Digital Storm

3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0

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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.




The Bolt is easily outclassed by the more expensive and larger iBUYPOWER Chimera. Diving into the individual results, you can see that the two systems score nearly identical CPU scores, which is to be expected. The 660 Ti never stood a chance against dual 680s.



3DMark 11


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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.




Same thing as the Vantage test above occurs. The CPU scores of the two systems are nearly identical, while the Bolt gets outclassed and outmuscled by dual 680s.



3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme


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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.




Here again, the CPU performs like a top-notch competitor. It is one of the best CPUs on the market and the tests continue to show it's a great choice for a gaming PC. This test also shows that the 660 Ti isn't the most powerful GPU in town. However, it also shows it's no slouch.



Battlefield 3


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Battlefield 3 is one of the most requested benchmarks, so we have finally added it. Frame rates are recorded for 60 seconds starting in the first part of campaign when the character picks up the gun and is played through until just after the train explodes. The game is played three times in that manner with the results being averaged together and reported.


Settings are 1920x1080 for the resolution with the "Graphics Quality" set to Ultra.




It's not a completely fair fight to compare these two systems directly. However, the Bolt shows that it is capable of playing Battlefield 3 at high quality settings and resolution without any issues. The minimum observed frame rate was 49, which is enough to maintain the illusion of motion.



Crysis 3


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Crysis 3 is run at 1920 x 1080 resolution with the graphics specifications set to "Very High." No anti-aliasing is used. See picture above for full details. The test is run three times due to higher variability than the other benchmarks. 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.




Since this is our first system to be tested with Crysis, we don't have anything to offer up in comparison quite yet. The most important takeaway from this benchmark is that Bolt proves it is up to the task when it comes to Crysis 3. Considering that the Bolt is capable of being equipped with an even more powerful GPU, players shouldn't worry about being able to take on the latest games.

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