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Post Date: 2011-03-16

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    Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 11:21am
First, let me say I am not good at writing reviews.  I rarely do them, especially if I am satisfied. 

That being said, I ordered my DSO computer on February 25 after doing quite a bit of research on these forums.  I received feedback from numerous people which helped influence my decision.  After placing my order I was informed that the motherboard I originally chose was out of stock so I picked another and was informed a day later that it too was not in stock.  Finally, I settled on the P67 Sabertooth, which was fine, just ended up costing a bit more than I had wanted to spend.

Now the hard part began.  The waiting.  In hindsight, things moved very quickly from here on out.  I was stuck at stage 5 for around three days, but since this is the QC and stress testing part I didn't mind it so much.

My PC shipped on Monday March 7 and arrived Friday March 11!!!  I was thrilled that I would be able to enjoy it over the weekend. 

The box was HUGE.  I was expecting big, but wow, this thing was gigantic!  I opened it up and the packing was perfect.  No damage, no loose parts, just perfect.  Compared to my last experience with a boutique vendor (cough Alienware circa 2000) this was night and day. 

I unpacked everything and the pc booted right up with no problems.  Not a speck of bloatware, all the drivers were current, accessories neatly packed in the separate box, etc. 

I can not stress how pleased I am with Digital Storm Online.  The computer is a work of art and everything from the wiring and cable management to the overclocking far exceeded my expectations.

Specs:

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth P67 (Intel P67 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (80GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: X25-M MLC Edition) (Extreme Performance)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Hitachi/Seagate (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua NH-U12P SE Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 4.0GHz to 4.7GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Graphics Boost: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Pre-Install Game: FREE: Hot-selling game with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Xtra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty


Here are a few sub par iphone pics:









Edited by Kriegaffe - 16 Mar 2011 at 2:24pm
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  Quote Heathenson Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 11:39am
Looks epic!! Awesome
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  Quote RiceEatin2000GT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 1:22pm
very nice! Post up your system specs
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  Quote Regent Square Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 4:53pm
What is your voltage of cpu?
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  Quote Kriegaffe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 8:29pm
1.445
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  Quote Regent Square Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 9:24pm
That is pretty high! But i think it is max voltage your cpu will go up to.
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  Quote Kriegaffe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 10:53pm
That is what everyone keeps saying. Talked to DSO and they said it was quite normal for my CPU at 4.5G. I ran prime for 12 hours and the max temp was 70 to 71.

Really don't know if I should be concerned or not. When I was running prime the vcore was hovering in the 1.35 range at idle it's around 1.445. Maybe someone on here can explain what that means.
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Mar 2011 at 11:35pm
1.445 is the max but it will only go up to it when it is fully maxed out so it is pretty practical.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Mar 2011 at 1:21am
You're perfectly fine.
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Mar 2011 at 4:01am
Nice Awesome

I like the look of the 942 with the blue leds.
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  Quote jacko Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Mar 2011 at 2:29pm
I have a SSD in my Haf 922 case. How does DS secure the SSD drive? The bracket adapter I got from the SSD firm does not work in my case.
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  Quote Kriegaffe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Mar 2011 at 2:49pm
Originally posted by maxyme

1.445 is the max but it will only go up to it when it is fully maxed out so it is pretty practical.


Odd thing is, it idles at 1.45/46 and then when under load it drops to 1.35/34. 

Have had it for almost 3 weeks and apart from a few calls to tech support (which were answered promptly) it is running like a champ.

One call was regarding the vcore as mentioned above and the second was about the side fan on my HAF X case having a possible short.  Turns out after scouring the forums I identified one of the pins in the molex wasn't making proper contact and all that was required was for me  to push the wire a bit further in.

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  Quote justin.kerr Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Mar 2011 at 6:03pm
The reason the voltage drops under load is voltage sag. nothing wrong with it. The more the load is increased the more voltage sag/droop there will be.  There is a thing called load line calibration, that boosts up the voltage to reduce sag/droop, but the way yours is set up is fine
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  Quote FR3SHM3AT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Mar 2011 at 6:55pm
The blur on the window  makes it look like that Noctua Fan is really kicking ass heheh
 
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  Quote RiceEatin2000GT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Mar 2011 at 1:40am
Originally posted by Kriegaffe





Originally posted by maxyme

1.445 is the max but it will only go up to it when it is fully maxed out so it is pretty practical.
Odd thing is, it idles at 1.45/46 and then when under load it drops to 1.35/34.  Have had it for almost 3 weeks and apart from a few calls to tech support (which were answered promptly) it is running like a champ.One call was regarding the vcore as mentioned above and the second was about the side fan on my HAF X case having a possible short.  Turns out after scouring the forums I identified one of the pins in the molex wasn't making proper contact and all that was required was for me  to push the wire a bit further in.Another picture:




With a 4.5ghz OC realistically your v-core should be 1.325-1.35. Ive got my computer currently at 1.375 with a higher LLC so it only droops down to 1.36 under full load using linx and the new binaries. Basically with ur v-core and tweaking 1.54V is good for 5ghz+ easily. Take that how you want...

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  Quote justin.kerr Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Mar 2011 at 8:52am
not true.  it will depend on the CPU. some need a lot morre V core, some need a lot less.
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  Quote Kriegaffe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Mar 2011 at 11:54am
This is what I was told by DSO as well.  Every chip is different and requires different settings. 

Guess I was a bit unlucky in that mine requires a higher vcore.  I don't leave my pc on 24/7 365 anyway so I was told it is fine.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Mar 2011 at 1:16pm
Exactly, every chip is different. @Kriegaffe, you are not unlucky. You have a great system, performs well, is stable, and able to rip anything you throw at it to shreds. You should not be concerned with the voltage, as you machine will run perfectly fine for a very, very long time.
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  Quote Kriegaffe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Mar 2011 at 1:26pm
Thanks Alex!  That is all I care about.  Seems there are too many voltage snobs on the internet.  Hahaha
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  Quote neilkaz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Mar 2011 at 6:30pm
Originally posted by Kriegaffe

Thanks Alex!  That is all I care about.  Seems there are too many voltage snobs on the internet.  Hahaha
Great system you have !! My 942X 2600K system arrived yesterday. Yep it looks good with blue lighting.
 
According to much of what I've read, these new 2600K chip can take a lot of voltage. Of course they need to be properly cooled as your's is for 4.5 GHz.
 
As an example of voltage for these chips and noting that I have Stage 4 cooling (Water cooling with a 240mm rad, and two big fans above the rad at the top of the case), mine arrived overclocked at 4.9 GHz and using 1.534 V-core.
 
Am I worried about that V-core? Not a bit, I trust DS. Of course, being a tweaky type with some OCing experience, I just had to try to improve it and lower voltage and so far things are stable (3 hrs P95) running 5.0 Ghz with 1.530 V-core (1.52 and 1.525 failed). Max temps are the same with that setting as with DS's so I am not worried.
 
Some of these "voltage snobs" don't seem to realize that these chips can take more voltage than the early edition i7's (from what I've read)
 
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what kind of card do you have, a stock or one with a non stock cooler? if you do, did you special order?
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Stock EVGA GTX 570. DSO did OC it a bit though.
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Update

Still going strong. Not so much as a hiccup in the 10 months I have owned it. I would order from DSO again in a heartbeat.
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