Digital Storm Aura Gaming AIO PC First Look

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sillynilly

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Meh. The cheapo back panel is a major "WTF?" given the metal surround. Not sure who this is designed for actually. I suppose they sell enough AIOs to warrant the R&D costs to develop this, but as stated in the conclusion, building a better system for less is easily achievable. And these days with TONS of videos on how to get that job done it seems silly to leave a build (and the resultant labor costs) to a company to do for you.
 

RUNtheTRAP

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This is so revolutionary and awe inspiring.

Origin, AVAdirect, Maingear and Cyberpower should try making one that looks the exact same with same internals too!.............. oh wait they do.

Literally, they are all the same, I don't understand how they are all selling them with even the same display manufacturer... its kind of crazy.
 

Karadjgne

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Don't understand the point of an AIO like that. No wireless, no Bluetooth, so still going to have to plug in all the obligatory cables, For the price, there should be at least a 1Tb ssd or even a 2Tb ssd and I'd sacrifice the performance of a 950 m.2 for a 850 evo to get that otherwise it won't be long before that pristine desktop is collecting external hdds etc. Could build an older fashioned desktop pc and use it as the base of that monitor and get way more functionality
 

RedJaron

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Not really. If you're comparing systems of similar cost, then it's important to know what kind of performance you can get for a similar price.

You can get different mboards when you order it. One Asus option has WiFi and BT.

As mentioned in the article, you're paying a premium not only for the builder's time, but also for the custom enclosure and monitor.


This is true, but then again you always have to pay extra for smaller system builds and custom cases. Just like you can build a higher performing machine regular desktop for a given price than you can fit in an ITX form factor or laptop.
 

RedJaron

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That is an ITX mboard. And just because you might be able to fit an ITX cube on a desk ( and not everyone can ) doesn't mean you necessarily want one or need one. Ask all the people who own iMacs.
 

Karadjgne

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Oof Red Jaron, try shoot everybody down lol. I was just saying that at that premium price you pay for the 950 pro 512, you could get a 850 evo 1Tb. For a gaming AIO, you'd never notice the difference. Also, that 34" monitor does take up quite a bit of real estate on a desk. Granted, its a much cleaner look than having a sff under it, real-estate wise, it'd be no different, there'd be the option for more than just an SD card slot etc. And I'd not be exactly thrilled at the prospect of the gpu exhaust facing down at the desk to basically hit you in the face, vrs facing up and away to the ceiling.

I like the idea of an AIO, its neat and tidy and the next step up from the old gateway/Dell sff that office/medical ppl use, but for gaming? It's just too limited imho.
 

RedJaron

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Not meaning to shoot down everyone. Just trying to remind everyone there are many factors and POVs to consider. Digital Storm is also a high-end builder, like Falcon NW, and their prices are likely inflated a little to reflect that prestige.
 

Karadjgne

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I've looked at their stuff, and do gotta say, its nice, a lot nicer than what I've seen from some custom builders, so I do get the price hike. Its easy to just slap wires any direction in a pc, takes just a few minutes, mine took several hours to get what I liked. And that costs when its for a client. I actually built a pc on their site, $7500 and 2 heartattacks later I was rofl. Serious over the top dream machine. But it was impressive.
 

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For that price, the crappy 60hz monitor killed it for me. all that power & limited to play at 60fps. Samsung 21:9 monitors are terrible. They should have use Asus or Acer 34" @100hz
 

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No G Sync? 60 Hz? I agree, given the premium over cost these options should be at least available.

Also, I would have liked to see addressed how much heat is created with the blower pointing down and, perhaps, just slightly towards the gamer (given the top of monitor often sits behind the buttom, at least the men I see).

I assume the i/o would have been impractical to exhaust heat out the top?
 

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My Ultrawide, SSD, GTX980, Watet cooler, 16 GB RAM, Hard Drive, ATX premium MOBO and CPU ran roughly $1000 less and I built it with clean cable management in one evening . My Z87 platform PC is nominally slower but way cheaper and performance, while dated, is not substantially less capable than this system.

I would say the overall minimalist design is clever, but this appeals to a niche consumer who honestly has more money than fundamental build knowledge.Watch Youtube and learn how to build it yourself.I used to go on these Builder sites and build my "dream rig" but the total price was always absurd. Prestige builders like DS are cutting edge on design, but seriously, you can build the same basic rig buying the previous generation/iteration components and have an extra grand in your pocket- Work smarter, not harder.
 

RedJaron

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Except this isn't a 2560 x 1440 screen, it's 3440 x 1440. The 1080 also gives it more longevity for being able to game at that resolution not just now, but next year as well.
 

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A single 1070 would also handle that with ease especially being able to compete with the maxwell titan X without breaking a sweat in 4K.
 

RedJaron

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You do realize a 21:9 monitor has ~33% more pixels than a comparable 16:9 display, right? The extra power of the 1080 will help keep framerates above 60 not just this game generation, but the next, and probably the one after that.

But you seem to miss the whole point that you can configure this machine as you want, meaning you can choose between a 1060, 1070, and 1080 when you buy it. TH just had the top end configuration for review.
 
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