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Post Date: 2015-06-08

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    Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 9:36am
After waiting much too long my Bolt 3 finally arrived:



Unboxing went quickly, so it was time to finally get a good look at my new computer. So many accessories:



This included manuals for the all of the hardware

Here is a front view:



The right side:



And the interior with a nice view of the 16GB of RAM and the GTX 980 graphics card:



All of the cables were nicely dressed. I opted for the blue tubing because DS was out of the red.

Here is a rear view:



and another view of the power supply and Swiftech:



One final photo of the system running:



Time for a mini-review...the primary use for my computer is to support my ham radio hobby. I am very active in software defined radio and weak signal digital modes (JT9, JT65, etc.). This requires fast processors, multiple cores and plenty of memory to process the signals received by the transceiver. The Bolt 3 with the Intel i7 4790K CPU meets my needs completely and take up less desk space than my old system.

For storage, I went with a Samsung 250GB and a 1TB 850 EVO. Say good bye to spinning disks and hello to fast boot times

When I am not playing radio, it is time for gaming
I've only had time to install Witcher 3 and Elder Scrolls Online. The latter runs really well with all graphics settings at max on my 1920X1200 monitor. I am really glad I opted for the GTX 980 graphics card, but it is odd to see the fans not turning when the card is idle

Speaking of fans, the Hydrolux software is nice and allowed me to easily make adjustments to keep the system nice and quiet when not in use. My only complaint is DS really needs to display the temps in Celsius instead of ā€ˇFahrenheit.

In summary:
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  Quote Meller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 9:51am
Nice review.

Is there not a way to change the units of measurement for the temps? Given that I've never actually laid hands on the Hydrolux software, I'm actually very clueless as to everything you can actually do with it.

If you can't, I do find it odd that DS wouldn't display temps in the industry standard. I mean, yes this is America and all... but even here in the US, us geeks have moved over to the World wide use of Celsius in terms of PC temps.
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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 10:13am
Originally posted by Meller

Nice review.
Is there not a way to change the units of measurement for the temps? Given that I've never actually laid hands on the Hydrolux software, I'm actually very clueless as to everything you can actually do with it.

If you can't, I do find it odd that DS wouldn't display temps in the industry standard. I mean, yes this is America and all... but even here in the US, us geeks have moved over to the World wide use of Celsius in terms of PC temps.


Thanks!

No, there does not appear to be any way to change the display from F to C , but perhaps Alex will chime in with a solution (hint, hint)

The Hydrolux software allows you to control the fan speeds (auto/quiet/extreme) and view the temps for the CPU, GPU, HDD, chassis, etc. as a nice graph.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 10:15am
Nice review and pics.  Awesome
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 10:22am
We're looking to change it in the new version.
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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 10:46am
Awesome!
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  Quote 21QZ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 1:57pm
Nice rig! I'd like to see this case in white w all that blue.

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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 2:17pm
Originally posted by 21QZ

Nice rig! If like to see this case in white w all that blue.


That would look really sharp!
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2015 at 5:05pm
Fantabulous! Awesome sauce! That's a beauty right there... thanks for the review.

Now, get back to Skellige... Ciri needs you!
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Originally posted by Snaike

Fantabulous! Awesome sauce! That's a beauty right there... thanks for the review.

Now, get back to Skellige... Ciri needs you!


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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Jun 2015 at 1:21pm
Thanks DS for including my review in the Customer Reviews forum
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  Quote oldlady RPGer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Jun 2015 at 5:39am
Nice rig!!!!!!!!!
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  Quote GamerGalKim Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jun 2015 at 3:29am
Looking good! Love the summary!
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  Quote Dakota Red Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Jun 2015 at 1:53am
Looks like your new beast will do everything you hoped it would.  Congrats!  The new Bolts really do look beautiful.   Strong


I do have to ask GoBruins, did your Bolt come wrapped in a fabric bag?


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Performance matters. Non-Performance is not an option.
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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Jun 2015 at 5:00am
Originally posted by Dakota Red


I do have to ask GoBruins, did your Bolt come wrapped in a fabric bag?


Funny you should ask that question...I left that out of my review.

No, my Bolt 3 was packed in a plastic bag; no fabric DS bag
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  Quote Trumpeteer23 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2015 at 9:25am
Hi there!

How are the temps? Idle and gaming for the CPU and GPU?

Thanks!
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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2015 at 1:13pm
Here is a screenshot of the DS Hydrolux software while idle:



I'll post another after running some games.

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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2015 at 2:01pm
...and here is after playing Echo of Soul for awhile:

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nothing above 44C (under load)...nice!
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So awesome! Great temps. Thanks again for showing us :) Appreciate it.
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  Quote GoBruins Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Sep 2015 at 3:52pm
Originally posted by Meller


Is there not a way to change the units of measurement for the temps? Given that I've never actually laid hands on the Hydrolux software, I'm actually very clueless as to everything you can actually do with it.

If you can't, I do find it odd that DS wouldn't display temps in the industry standard. I mean, yes this is America and all... but even here in the US, us geeks have moved over to the World wide use of Celsius in terms of PC temps.


My Bolt 3 came with Control Center 1.9C, so I tried the latest version, 1.9G. The labels now show "C" instead of "F".

Unfortunately, the graphs and temp values look to still be in "F.

Is "F" for fail?
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