In conclusion, the Digital Storm Bolt provides full sized gaming power in a sleek, unique, and small package. Anyone can build a mini-ITX gaming PC, but there currently aren’t any mini-ITX chassis that have a width of 3.6 inches and fit up to an NVIDIA GTX Titan. This allows the Bolt to provide an option not available to a regular system builder. We did have some concerns about the chassis bowing inwards when any pressure is applied, but as mentioned before, it appeared to be structurally sound. The performance was exactly what we expected from a computer with these specifications, but we were impressed by the size. Compared to iBuyPower’s Revolt system, the Bolt is smaller, sleeker, and made from metal rather than plastic, giving it a much more durable and solid feel.
Left: iBuyPower Revolt, Right: Digital Storm Bolt
By our estimates, the Level 3 configuration would cost a user purchasing the parts retail off the shelf approximately $1445. However, one must keep in mind that not all of these components can be purchased off the shelf (including the CPU cooler and the chassis).
Our estimate broken down is:
- $330 Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
- $120 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WiFi (Intel Z77 Chipset)
- $65 System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz Corsair Vengeance Series
- $150 Power Supply: 500W Digital Storm Certified Gold Rated BOLT Edition
- $130 SSD: 120GB Solid State (By: Corsair) (Model: Neutron GTX)
- $60 Storage: 500GB (7200 RPM)
- $20 Optical Drive: DVD/CD 8x Multi-Drive (Writes and Reads DVDs, CDs)
- $290 Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB (Includes PhysX)
- $60 Extreme Cooling: High Performance Cooler with Five Heat Pipes
- $120 Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
- $100 Chassis
Most prices were taken straight from Newegg.com, though some were guesses on our part, such as the cost of the CPU cooler and the chassis. The power supply is supposedly unique to Digital Storm, but according to the sticker on the PSU, it is a Sparkle 500W Gold Rated SPI500U4BG-ZTG, priced at approximately $150. This means that the user is paying approximately $155 for the R&D that went into the Bolt, the assembly of the Bolt, the overclocking of the CPU, and the testing of the system. We understand that Digital Storm likely gets better pricing than the individual consumer on the parts, but the purpose of this estimate is to show that the Digital Storm Bolt is priced extremely competitively for the components it contains, and adds value in terms of overclocking and design. All in all, for the space conscious gamer or power user, the Digital Storm Bolt is the perfect choice.
For that reason, we’re giving the Digital Storm Bolt the Editor’s Choice Must Have Award for Prosumers/Enthusiasts.
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