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Review - Cool Blue Bolt X

Post Date: 2018-07-18

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    Posted: 18 Jul 2018 at 6:03pm

A year ago, I bought a new monitor. The Asus ROG PG348Q is a 34” wide screen monitor with a resolution of 3440x1440 and G-Sync. Now that is a lot of pixels to push around but I really did think my Bolt 3 could handle it. My Bolt 3 had an Intel Core i7 4790K, an ASUS Z97I-PLUS, 16GB DDR3 1866MHz, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Even though it was over 2 years old I had been playing a few older games at ultra or high settings on a 27” G-Sync Monitor for 2 years with no problems.  I did not think the added pixels would tax my Bolt that much. After switching to the new monitor, I noticed that my frame rates were lower in my games than before. To get my frame rates up I needed to turn a few graphic settings off (like shadows – bye, bye), or down a notch. Then I noticed that my graphic card’s fans were spinning at full speed during game play and it would become very warm in my office where I have my computer. Sitting at my desk I could actually feel the fans in my Bolt pushing the hot air out during game play. This only happened when I was playing a game and not when I was using my computer for anything else. I opened the case and cleaned out any dust (there wasn’t much). That didn’t help so I thought it was time to get drastic. Off came the side glass panel and then the other side metal panel. That did the trick and the heat came down to almost normal levels. But I still did not have my games running at ultra/very high settings and the fans on my graphic card still spun up to full speed when I played any games. Then I noticed that my liquid cooling reservoir was close to the minimum level which means it would soon be needing a refill. The Digital Storm 240mm Liquid Cooling System is a very good liquid cooling system but IMO it is a bear to service. Even if I was looking to save some money and do the work myself, afterwards I would still have a computer that could not play games at ultra or very high settings, my graphic card would be pushed to its limits, the side panels would have to stay off, and I would have a computer with 3-year-old equipment in it. For 10 to 11 months I had watched my liquid level get lower and then dip below the minimum level, which means that it was critical for me to get the liquid cooling system refilled. I only had a few options. I could service the system myself, or take it to a shop to have done, or send it back to DS to do, or I could buy a new top-of-the-line Intel desktop computer. Since this is a review of my new Bolt X I guess you can figure out what I did. This is my fourth DS computer. The one before the Bolt 3 was a Slade, and I can not remember the model name of the one before that. Each was a top-of-the-line Intel desktop computer for its time. Each was beautifully built by DS and each worked great, right out of the box. Am I a believer in the build and quality of Digital Storm computers? You bet I am.

I ordered my Bolt X on May 16, 2018 and received it on July 2. I have had my new Bolt X for over two weeks and It is running fantastic (all my games are running at ultra-high detail and if I buy any new games that push the envelope of graphics I hope I will be able to run them at high detail). Here are my Bolt’s specs;

 

Chassis Model: Digital Storm BOLT X
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K (6-Core) 3.70GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING (Wi-Fi)                                System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3000MHz
Power Supply: 750W Lian-Li PE-750 (Platinum Rated)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD (2TB Samsung 860 EVO)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB (Performance Edition)
Extreme Cooling: Digital Storm HydroLux PRO LITE (CPU + Graphics)
HydroLux Tubing Style: HardLine Tubing
HydroLux Fluid Color: Blue Fluid + Clear Tubing
CableManagement:White                                                                                                                                                 Chassis Fans: High Static Pressure - Corsair Air Series SP140 Fans
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled Advanced RGB Lighting
Airflow Control: Digital Storm Thermal Management Control Board & Software
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows 10 Installation (Format and Clean Install)
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care, 3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement

 

UPS guy just dropped it off at the front door.

 


Let us start to unpack!!!    That is my Bolt 3 on the desk.




This box has the DS personalized information notebook, excess cables, program disks, component manuals, and the emergency boot thumb drive.


Back to the unpacking!!!!!  The computer itself comes wrapped in its own Digital Storm cloth bag.


The acrylic side panel window is wrapped in a protective cover.


DS cuts individual pieces of dense foam to form fit inside the computer to protect  components during shipping.  



After I took out the foam pieces and before I put the acrylic window on.



Put the window on and get it up on my desk.







I think it might be time to turn this bad boy on!!!



The Asus motherboard has it own LED lighting separate from the DS case LED lighting.








This is an awesome computer. So cool .... Cool Blue, that is. Digital Storm - you are the best!!!




Edited by Dakota Red - 30 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jul 2018 at 7:04pm
Now that's good looking unit... very nice!   
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Very nice indeed. Strong Congratulations. AwesomeEnjoy. Big%20Smile




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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Jul 2018 at 3:53pm
Great rig. Thanks for sharing!
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  Quote oldlady RPGer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jul 2018 at 2:46am
Nice Nice nice!!!! Beautiful blue and I like the hard line(ellerlux).
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  Quote Dakota Red Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jul 2018 at 10:24am

Update:  7-29-2018   On Thursday I was sitting at my desk and playing Star Wars: TOR when I heard a pop followed by a clink from my Bolt X sitting on my desk next to me. I looked over and saw all the liquid from my water cooling system draining out to the inside of my Bolt. I admit that I froze and then I heard another pop and my monitor went black. A message came up on the monitor.  “No signal detected.”  I unfroze and unplugged the computer but the damage was already done. This all took place in about 4 seconds. I looked inside and saw a missing part of my hard tubing sitting on the bottom of my Bolt. I’m sure the graphic card was ruined but whether the motherboard or anything else was too I do not know. Liquid was running out of the bottom of my Bolt and onto my desk. I ran and got a towel but by the time I got back some liquid had already dripped onto my carpeted floor. I picked my Bolt up and placed it in my bathtub. I cleaned everything up as best as I could. It was 9 pm (EST) so I knew nobody would be at DS to answer the phone but I called anyway and left a message about what just happened. I asked that I be given a call back as soon as possible on Friday.  By 2 pm (EST) on Friday I could not wait any longer and gave DS Technical Help Department a call. Cody answered my call and after I told him what happened he said he would request a RMA to have it shipped back to DS so it could be disassembled so damaged parts could be replaced. DS will then reassemble my Bolt and retest it before shipping it back to me. I had to send Cody pictures of my damaged Bolt for him to attach to my RMA before he sent it to management to ok and issue the RMA to me. On Saturday at 2 pm I received the ok to ship my Bolt back by UPS. The email had a shipping label attached. I printed it and then attached it to the shipping carton my Bolt had been sent in. (I had kept the box and foam packing material that DS had used to ship it to me.) I placed my packaged Bolt in the back of my truck and went to the local UPS Store to drop it off. I got a receipt for the dropped off box and when I got home I noticed that it would not get picked up from the store and taken to their local terminal till Monday.  I have no idea what the turnaround time for something like this is but I hope it isn’t the 5 weeks it took to build my Bolt. I also hope DS keeps me informed with what is happening with my Bolt once they have it in-house. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Jul 2018 at 3:14pm
My most heartfelt sympathies.

The response you've gotten so far is typical of DS service as far as I'm aware. It's why we're fans. I believe they will take great pains to see that you are satisfied in the end. I believe the turnaround will be with all diligent speed, but with making sure the repairs are permanent being paramount.

You're pride in your new system was obvious to all of us here, and we are behind you 100%. If I had any doubt DS would drop this ball, I wouldn't be here.

Hang tough, Dakota Red, and keep us in the loop. All the best.
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  Quote Dakota Red Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Aug 2018 at 11:03am
Thank you Cretae for your encouraging words . I also think DS will do their best. That is why I have bought from them for many years. My computer is scheduled to be delivered to DS tomorrow, Aug. 2nd. Like I said before I hope they keep me in the loop as to what they found and when they estimate they will be able to get it back to me. I have an ok laptop but as time goes by I miss my Bolt more and more.
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Aug 2018 at 1:29am
Oh no. Sounds like a fitting came off. DS will make it right and make sure all works as it should. Don't know how long the repair process takes. Hope it is not long at all.
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Cry   Well guys it is not good news. My computer was received by DS on Aug. 2. They did not even open the box till yesterday. It took them a whole week just to open the box. To say that I am disappointed would not be an overstatement. I have purchased 4 computers from DS and this is the only one that has been returned for repairs. Their email to me said that they estimated up to 15 business days (3 weeks) before they ship it back to me (as long as there are no delays in the repair). It has already been 2 weeks since it stopped working, plus 3 weeks for the repair and then a week to send it back to me. I am looking at a 6 week turnaround. (As long as there are no delays in doing the repair) My computer worked for less than 4 weeks before it stopped working. Frustrated  Anybody out there have any words of encouragement? Let's all meet around the campfire tonight and sing "Kym-by-ya". On second thought, I don't think even that will cheer me up.
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  Quote oldlady RPGer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Aug 2018 at 4:08pm
Wow that sucks.
DS will make it right. You are a valued customer. You have purchased 4 computers and I have 5 of there's. When I had to send my big Cube back to them(for repairs) they actually hadn't started repairs until I asked what's going on(it had been two weeks). They fixed everything pretty quick after that and updated some parts. It's hard waiting. All my best.
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  Quote Dakota Red Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Aug 2018 at 8:57am
Thank you for giving me some insight into your repair time frame "oldlady RPGer". Parul from DS has contacted me and said that DS will make an effort to repair my computer and get it sent back to me quickly. I hope it goes as smoothly as it sounds like your repair went (after you had notified them of the two weeks you had already been waiting with no news).(The upgraded parts sounds nice too.) I think this week will tell me how smoothly and quickly the repairs will go.
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  Quote smilejk Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Aug 2018 at 3:54pm
your bolt x looks different from the one advertised in digital storms youtube channel....

Can any Digital storm employee confirm the current bolt x looks like this customers config: with the different tubing, and that tank at the top now being covered by a large black plastic cover?
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