Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC Review

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Bolt II Performance Benchmarking

In this section, we’ll take a look at various synthetic benchmarks to see how well the Bolt II performs – Expectations are obviously nothing short of great. As a reminder of the hardware inside, we’re packing:

  • Intel Core i7 4790k @ 4.6GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • 500GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1

3DMark 2013

Digital Storm Bolt 2 3DMark Test

Starting with 3DMark, running Firestrike – the most strenuous of the 3DMark tests, we scored in at 9702, which is fantastic. The graphics portion of the test scored 10860, while the Physix test pegged 12904.


PCMark 8

Digital Storm Bolt 2 PCMark 8 - Smaller

In PCMark 8, we came home with a score of 5216. The other score that’s important to us is the casual gaming score, which pulled in a whopping 148.1fps. It’s no doubt that the GTX 780 Ti has some serious horsepower behind it!


SiSoftware Sandra 2013

Processor Cryptography:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Cryptography

The 4790k’s cryptographic bandwidth came in at 6.88GB/s.


Processor Arithmetic:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Processor Arithmetic

The processor arithmetic test pulled in an aggregate native performance of 137.56GOPS.


Processor Multi-Media:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Processor Multi-Media

Sandra’s multimedia test came in with aggregate multi-media native performance of 306.26MPix/s.


Memory Bandwidth:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Memory Bandwidth

Packed inside the Bolt II, we’ve got 16GB (2x 8GB) of Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz memory, with 9-10-9-27 T2 timings. We found that we could get 23.86GB/s on the aggregate memory performance, which is spot on.


Cinebench R15

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Cinebench All

Cinebench gave us some really great numbers, as expected. The OpenGL test pulled in at nearly 160fps, while the CPU tests scored 933cb for the multi-core test and 184cb on the single core test.



Digital Storm Bolt 2 x264

x264 is the first video encoding benchmark that I wanted to run, strictly because you can easily reproduce the results across systems, and it definitely impressed me. Pass 1 averaged at 97.17fps while Pass 2 averaged at 20.2fps.



Digital Storm Bolt 2 Handbrake

To run my Handbrake test, I had a 1080p video file that was approximately 2GB in size (1.97GB to be exact) and re-encoded it with Handbrake. I came back with an encode time of 16 minutes and 2 seconds. It averaged 121.3fps as well, which I was quite happy with.

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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?