Hardware Review: Digital Storm Bolt
What do you visualize when you think of a gaming PC? Most of us picture a desktop, roughly the same size as your average piece of carry-on luggage, chock full of current- or last-gen gaming hardware.
Sure, you have Shuttle PCs, and a smattering of other small form factor options, but those are proprietary ecosystems (they aren’t using off-the-shelf motherboards, etc.). And you have the always-expensive gaming laptop option, too, but you run into the same proprietary issue, coupled with a prohibitively high price. Most gamers seem to be content with the mid- or full-tower ATX solutions that have been around for over a decade. You get plenty of room for internal storage, an overclock-friendly water cooling system or a massive air cooler, and as many video cards as your motherboard can support.
But let’s be honest — if you could shrink your rig down without sacrificing performance or the ability to upgrade components, you probably would, right?
Digital Storm, a company that knows a thing or two about big, custom gaming PCs, seems to agree. The Bolt, which debuted late last year, combines top-tier performance and upgradeable components in a small but potent custom form factor. Similar to the Alienware X51, the Bolt has one singular goal: Provide full-size desktop-quality PC gaming in a smaller package.