Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC Review

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Digital Storm Bolt II First Start & Software

Firing up the Bolt II and this is what you’ll see. The LED strip can change to just about any color that you wish, be it green, blue, white, purple, it can do just about all accurately. The Digital Storm Control Center software can also change the color of the LEDs based on temperature, which is a neat feature.

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Power On

One thing that I would have liked to see in the software utility, is the ability to change the intensity of the LEDs. They’re awfully bright, and if this thing is sitting under your TV as an HTPC, you will get blinded – as I sure did.

Digital Storm Control Center

The initial hum from the Bolt II is quite low and not annoying to the ears. Since Digital Storm is hoping that many will hook this machine up to their TV, this is a very good thing. I know we all love playing Battlefield 4 or some other shooter at high volumes, but there are times that you’ll find yourself with the volumes low and you will not want to listen to loud fan noise, which you definitely will hear when gaming at low volumes.

The desktop on our system was extremely clean. The only items on our test system were the Digital Storm Control Center, Steam, and Grid 2. Steam was actually set to run in Big Picture Mode, so you know they’re aiming for the HTPC setup.

Digital Storm Bolt 2 First Boot - Desktop

We had 403GB free on the 500GB Samsung 840 EVO drive and the full capacity on the 2TB Western Digital Black drive. You should have plenty of space with this configuration.

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Computer

Everything on the system was up-to-date when we received it, but a new Nvidia driver did come out shortly thereafter, so that got updated to the 340.52 WHQL drivers before any testing was performed.

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  • Brian Nyhuis

    You know, that’s a very good question Loki. Basically what you have to do is remove a total of six screws, two which hold on the video card to the black plate, and four that hold the black plate to the chassis. Two of the screws are on the rear of the case, two are on the bottom of the bracket. Once you have that removed, you will end up flipping a white switch (See center of attached picture), which will release it from the PCIe slot. Disconnect the power connectors and then carefully pull out the video card. The little daughter board that the video card is connected to is connected to the motherboard via a flexible ribbon, so you don’t have to be super careful.

    It’s a little bit tedious, but it isn’t overall a giant pain by any means.

    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

  • loki42

    Any idea on how to change that graphics card? Does that black cage swing outward to give you access?