Digital Storm VIRTUE: Intel Haswell-Powered Gaming PC

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Without dwelling too long or hard on the issue, the DS VIRTUE's Obsidian Series 350D is a solid but understated chassis. For what is essentially plain a black rectangle, the metal and plastic case does have a couple of nice features, most notably the huge, clear side panel window and brushed metal finish front panel. And it is built very well. There’s no fancy lighting of any kind though, and the only things that glow are the “Corsair” and “GeForce GTX” logos on the CPU cooler and GPU, respectively.

It’s rather like having a powerful sports car with a non-descript body; you miss out on that fun part of owning something with superb components and performance where people do double-takes when they see it. With that said, Corsair makes some of the best cases in the business. It's just uncommon for a boutique builder to put together such a powerful gaming system and not adorn it with some snazzy, eye-catching features.


That said, perhaps Digital Storm is going for that cool, dark, assassin look, because the interior looks the part. The ASUS board is covered with black “armor”, and the whole of the cooling system--including the cooler itself, the tubes, the radiator, and the fans--are all black. The front and rear case fans are black, too. Even the DIMM heatsinks and PSU are black.


The front panel houses the optical drive, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks, and power and reset buttons. Around back, the graphics card offers two DVI ports, HDMI, and DisplayPort, and the rear I/O adds another DVI port and HDMI port. The rest of the (neatly labelled) ports include four USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, SPDIF out, LAN, and six audio jacks.


There’s clearly not much to see on the Digital Storm VIRTUE’s desktop either, which is good; the company went with a simple black theme. They tweaked the stock Start screen to match by rolling with a simple black background with no embellishments.


And now, we’ll see how the system performs when the rubber meets the road...

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Kidbest100 one year ago

That optical drive looks COMPLETELY out of place there...

I haven't used my optical drive in almost a year for anything whatsoever.

nickhshea one year ago

It really is out of place and ugly. Inner beauty is what counts and that machine is got that part down for sure.

BlackOpsPenguin one year ago

With that hardware and service I'm guess its ridiculously expensive!

TimEmerson one year ago

The build seems really solid, even has a blu-ray player. My only quarrel is the aesthetics of the optical drive don't quite match the sleek/shiny aesthetics of the case. Other then that, It looks really nice

saturn97 one year ago

Wow, digital storm always impresses me

SherwinWyco one year ago

digital storm builds are really solid.. if you are willing to spend a lot of money then go for digital storm

FrankScrivy one year ago

pretty nice over all tho that op drive is ugly

MiltonMachindiarena one year ago

yeah i agreed with the other guys that op drive there look way out of place, just look at it

TotheMax one year ago

Cannot wait to be able to afford a Haswell!

SrgioRebelo one year ago

Really awsome choice on the H100i Liquid Cooler. Amazing cooling with that piece of tech!

Tyotukovei one year ago

I've looked at their lines of desktops and laptops, leaning towards their laptops since I don't know how to build those, and I must say that I'm impressed most of the time. It's certainly more money than I'll ever spend, but a guy can dream. The optical drive does take away from the overall feel of the case. Out of 5, it wouldn't be too much, but out of 10, that discrepancy in the flow of the outer appearance of the case is easily at least a point. Current-gen everything in the case is nice and DS are good builders. The stress testing is nice, and I must say that my friends that have purchased both desktops and laptops from them have been impressed. Still... I prefer their full tower lines. 

AlexKoenig one year ago

i love this case, clean, sleak, sexy. looks like great airflow aswell

nfs3freak one year ago

That case...holy cow. That's beautiful. DigitalStorm and iBuyPower have been really drawing me in. Thing is, I build my own PCs so I don't see the need for a custom build pc from a of these days, I may decide to recommend them or something if I'm too lazy to do so myself.

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