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Post Date: 2014-02-03

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    Posted: 03 Feb 2014 at 6:51pm

My SLADE Upgrade Story – OLD & NEW (A Digital Storm System Review with Pictures)

With a little more a month to go before the big Flight Simulator Round the World Race I experienced a hardware failure on my Digital Storm Hailstorm system.  After almost 4 years of flawless operation the water pump failed leaving me a system that could not start and that would potentially leave me unable to participate in this annual on-line event.

 I needed to move quickly in order to get a system built, tested, and delivered to me in time to prepare the new system for the race.  My DS Hailstorm system had been rock solid and performed very well so I did not hesitate to initiate a replacement system order from Digital Storm.  I already had a good idea of what I wanted because I had been considering an upgrade for a while.   I quickly selected the Slade system, configured it on-line to my specifications, and placed the order.  I selected priority build because I knew I would need it as soon as possible.   I contacted Digital Storm by phone to explain my urgency and they quickly reviewed my configuration and approved it for processing.   My Slade system entered Stage 1 on Jan 17 and completed Stage 7 on Jan 22. 

I also opened a support ticket for my down Hailstorm system and received a prompt follow-up call from Mike who concurred that the problem was likely a failed pump and a replacement was ordered and shipped. On Jan 28 I received and replaced the failed water pump, recharged the cooling system, and the computer started and ran fine at 4.1ghz over clock.  

Although I now had a good system for the race, I was eagerly looking forward to my NEW Slade System.

System Configuration Comparison (OLD Hailstorm -> NEW Slade)

System Configuration

 OLD Digital Storm HailStorm

 

 NEW Digital Storm Slade

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Chassis Model

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Corsair Obsidian 800D

 

Corsair Obsidian 550D

Processor

 Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 3.33GHz

 

 Intel Core i7 4770K 3.50 GHz

Motherboard

 EVGA X58 3X SLI (Intel X58 Chipset)

 

 ASUS Sabertooth Z87 (Intel Z87 Chipset) (Features Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar)

System Memory

 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series

 

 16GB DDR3 1866MHz Corsair Vengeance Pro (High-Performance)

Power Supply

 1250W Enermax Galaxy EVO

 

 1000W SliverStone Strider Gold

Storage Set 1

1x 160GB Solid State Intel® SSD X25-M Series

 

 1x 256GB Solid State   Samsung 840 Pro Series

Storage Set 2

1x (256GB Solid State (By: Corsair)

 

 - No Thanks

Storage Set 3

 1x (2TB Western Digital

 

 - No Thanks

Optical Drive

 DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 22x / CD-Writer 48x)

 

 DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)

Internet Access

 High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)

 

 High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)

Graphics Card(s)

 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1GB

 

 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB

Sound Card

 Integrated Motherboard Audio

 

 Integrated Motherboard Audio

Extreme Cooling

 H20 -  Stage 3 -  FrostChill Cooling System

 

 H20 -  Stage 2 -  Corsair H100i 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler

Chassis Fans

 Standard Factory Chassis Fans

 

 Upgrade All Fans to Corsair Airflow Performance Edition (Up to 6 Fans)

Internal Lighting

 Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)

 

 - No Thanks

Noise Reduction

 Noise Suppression Package (Optimized Airflow & Fan Speeds with Noise Dampening Material)

 

 Noise Suppression Package Stage 1 (Optimized Airflow & Fan Speeds Only)

CPU Boost

 Stage 2 - Overclock the processor between 4.0GHz to 4.2GHz (4.1Ghz)

 

 Stage 2 -  Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (4.5 Ghz)

Memory Boost

 Yes, Overclock memory frequency (Includes Memory Fan Kit Installed)

 

 - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory

Windows OS

 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit Edition)

 

 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit Edition)

Recovery Tools

 Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)

 

 Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)

Office

 Microsoft Office 2007 Basic (Word Excel Outlook)

 

 Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student (PC Attach Key PKC Only, No Pre-install)

Pre-Install Game

 Flight Simulator X

 

 - No Thanks

Surge Shield

 - No Thanks

 

 APC SurgeArrest Personal PER7 (7 Outlet) 120V Surge Protector

Keyboard

 - No Thanks

 

 Corsair Vengeance K95 (Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard) (Black Brushed Aluminum Finish)

Mouse

 - No Thanks

 

 Razer Deathadder 2013 (Infrared 6400 dpi) (Gaming Mouse) (USB Wired)

Priority Build

 - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed

 

 Please Prioritize  Ship Within Four Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed

Warranty

 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

 

 Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)

 

On January 29 my NEW Slade System arrived.  The box was in good condition with a few expected scuffs from shipping and handling.   I unpacked the box and verified the contents against my order sheet.  Everything was in perfect order and condition - just as I have come to expect from Digital Storm.  I only ordered a single system disk for the Slade because I planned to install some disks that I already owned.   Installing my SSD and hard drives and configuring windows was quick and easy.  Flight Simulator X was installed on its own dedicated SSD.  Installing and configuring the many, many scenery and aircraft add-ons took almost three days and in the end used almost 300GB space just for FSX.

My NEW Digital Storm Slade system has surpassed my expectations.  It is much more compact than my Hailstorm and is also very, very quiet.   One thing I really like about Digital Storm is the large variety of system options and the high quality of the components on offer.  The Digital Storm online configuration system enables customers to evaluate and trade off options to obtain the best value and performance for their particular situation.   I really appreciate DS coming through for me and recommend them without reservation.

Thanks again.   Jeff Williams

 

Photos of the NEW Digital Storm Slade System:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparison Photos of OLD Hailstorm – NEW Slade:

 

 

 



Edited by jtwillia - 04 Feb 2014 at 8:30am
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HailStorm II
i7 4770K @ 4.5GHz
Asus Maximus VI Extreme
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum
3xSLI EVGA SuperClocked GTX TITAN
Samsung 840Pro SSD 256GB+512GB
HydroLux+XSPC CPU/MoBo/GPU Liquid Cooling
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 7:38pm
Great photos! Thanks for being a repeat customer.
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  Quote retirednavysnipe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 8:53pm
Great system, now you are Awesome times 2 or Awesome Squared.   
Hailstorm Black Ops
I7 3930K 4.5GHZ
16GB 1600MHZ ram
2 x GTX 680
120 GB SSD, 1 TB hardrive
Fully liquid cooled CPU, GPU and chipset.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2014 at 4:52pm
Nice improvement!! CPU, VIDEO CARD, PSU, Everything!! COngrats!
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  Quote Bahger Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
Thanks for the helpful review; I just ordered a similar system. Now that you mention it, a dedicated SSD for FX10 and all its addons must be a great way to run this sim at max!

I'm curious, are you in a hot dusty climate like SoCal or Texas? How are you managing the balance between cooling and dust protection with that case? Do you leave all the covers on for quiet running but if so, does it stay cool enough? Many thanks.

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