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Digital Storm ODE Haswell-powered Desktop Gaming PC Review

By: Trace Hagan | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 3:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%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 4770K paired with an ASUS Sabertooth Z87 show marginal improvements in the CPU tests of Vantage, though the improvements are hardly worth upgrading from a 3770K. The GTX 780 also proves strong, though it can still be bested by the older GTX 680, when used in SLI. The system managed an impressive score of 33,214, almost beating out the iBUYPOWER Chimera and easily beating out the less-powerful SFF systems.



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.




Once again, the ODE shows improvements in CPU performance, though less than 10 percent. Overall, the system is bested by the older Chimera, but only because its single GTX 780 can't keep up with dual-GTX 680s. It manages a score of 4493, beating out the SFF systems we recently reviewed.



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.




The 4770K and GTX 780 manage to put the Digital Storm ODE on top in Futuremark's latest benchmark. We still see that the 4770K doesn't justify an upgrade, but the GTX 780 easily overpowers the SFF machines in our benchmark. Since this benchmark came out after we reviewed the Chimera, we can't say how it compares.



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.




Battlefield is starting to be an aging benchmark as the ODE easily pushes an average of 114 FPS with the Ultra graphics preset. The ODE should be capable of playing all modern games and even ones that have yet to release thanks to its use of next-gen hardware. Should it start to be slow, it has plenty of room for a second or third GTX 780 for SLI.



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 ran 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.




The ODE proves itself capable of powering the latest Crysis game, averaging 50 FPS. The minimum never drops below 40, well above the generally-accepted minimum rate of 30 FPS. This is a testament to the new GTX 780, i7-4770K, and ODE as a system.

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