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Slade: All that, and room to spare!

Post Date: 2014-06-13

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    Posted: 13 Jun 2014 at 12:11pm
[Since I can't post a new Topic in the "Customer Review" forum, this is as close as I can get.]

So, I've been building (and re-building) computers since 1988. I know what to do, but no longer want to spend the time and effort doing it all myself. I spent six months researching, building fantasy configs on various sites, and generally over-thinking what I was going to do. The important characteristics for me, in (approximate) order of importance, were:

o Longevity (foundation for future upgrades)
o Performance
o Quality of components
o Quality of assembly
o Quality of company
o QUIET
o Price

In the end what I realized was that six months from now I didn't want to be saying, "I really wish I had chosen Digital Storm!"

THIS IS THE RESULT



System Configuration:
Chassis Model:   Corsair Obsidian 550D
Processor:   Intel Core i7 4770K @ 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard:   ASUS Z97-C (Intel Z97 Chipset)
System RAM:   16GB DDR3 @ 2133MHz (2x8GB) Digital Storm Certified Performance Series
Power Supply:   EVGA 750W SuperNOVA Gold Rated (Dual SLI Compatible)
Optical Drive:   ASUS DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (LG Blu-Ray Writer added)
Storage Set 1:   WD 1TB - Black Edition (2TB Seagate Barracuda SSHD, and 1TB Seagate HDD added)
Internet Access:   Intel 10/100/1GBE Ethernet Network Port
Graphics Card(s): ASUS nVidia GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II (2GB)
Sound Card:   RealTek Integrated Motherboard 7.1 Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 120mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler
Chassis Fans:   Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Noise Reduction: Noise Suppression Package Stage 1 (Optimized Airflow & Fan Speeds Only)
CPU Boost:   Standard Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Automatic Overclocking
Windows OS:   Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit Edition)

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Order Submitted: May 23 (Fri, 10:00 pm)
Stage 1 (Payment Processed): May 25 (Sunday)
Stage 2 (Inventory Assignment): May 27 (day after a Holiday)
Stage 3 (Phase 1 Stress Testing): May 27
Stage 4 (Engineering Lab): May 27
Stage 5 (Phase 2 Stress Testing): May 27
Stage 6 (Quality Assurance): May 28
Stage 7 (Released to Shipping): May 29 (FedEx p/u @ 4 pm)
Tracking Number Received: May 30 (Changed to “Hold at Location”)
Delivery: June 5 (p/u @ 5 pm)
First Boot: June 5 (7:15 pm)

Total: 13 days from order including two weekends and a Holiday!

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Everything is performing exactly as hoped and expected, and the ease of making physical upgrades has already proven valuable.

Well done, Digital Storm. Well done.

Edited by Thandal - 13 Jun 2014 at 1:01pm
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  Quote danjw1 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Jun 2014 at 12:24pm
Looks like a very nice system, congratulations!

You are actually supposed to post reviews in the General forum and DS moves them to the Reviews forum.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Jun 2014 at 1:16pm
Awesome review! We'll move this over shortly. Thanks for choosing Digital Storm!
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  Quote Dakota Red Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Jun 2014 at 4:27pm
Hi Thandal, and welcome to the DS family. I have a Slade also and it is having it's 1 year old birthday party next week. I don't think I will make it a birthday cake or anything like that but I'll find some way to celebrate. (Maybe I'll toast it with a few beers. ; )  This is my second DS computer and both are running strong and issue free. My first DS computer is over 4 years old and is my back-up computer. It doesn't get used much but I still fire it up every so often. It still runs all my current software, just not as well as the newer Slade.   Cool
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  Quote jasondunn Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Sep 2015 at 3:20pm
Hi there! Thanks for posting your Slade review. I'm interested in a Slade myself, but I'm concerned about the noise - the fact that Digital Storm doesn't test and confirm a decibel value is odd. Do you have a db meter that you can take a reading from? I'd sure appreciate it if such a thing would be possible. :-)
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  Quote ArkansasWoman777 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Sep 2015 at 7:54pm
Originally posted by jasondunn

Hi there! Thanks for posting your Slade review. I'm interested in a Slade myself, but I'm concerned about the noise - the fact that Digital Storm doesn't test and confirm a decibel value is odd. Do you have a db meter that you can take a reading from? I'd sure appreciate it if such a thing would be possible. :-)



I'm pretty sure they do test the noise as they try to make its as quiet as possible
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Sep 2015 at 5:22am
There are a boat load of reviews of the Corsair 550D case that measures thermals and noise. The 550D case is the one used by DS to build the Slade. The reviews will give you a good idea of what the noise levels are when using the 550D case. The problem with the Slade is not the noise but the thermals. Most combinations of coolers and case insulation either raises the thermals or the noise. You can't trap the noise in a case and not also trap heat. If you remove one of the screens and mount a 220 radiator you are going to increase the noise. So anyone buying a Slade has to decide if they want to optimize the noise or optimize the thermals. Most reductions of the thermals will increase the noise.

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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Sep 2015 at 11:07am
It's difficult to promise a certain noise level when we offer such custom options on every purchase. If you definitely want a quiet SLADE system, I suggest the following:

Order the Digital Storm HydroLux control board. That alone will ensure you have a quiet system because you can control airflow and fan speeds.

The SLADE has noise dampening materials to help quiet the system as well. It will be a great PC.   
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  Quote Thandal Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Sep 2015 at 7:55am
I don't have access to a db meter, so can't provide any measurements.

Can say that my Slade sits under my desk at my knee and I really don't hear a thing.
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