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Digital Storm unleashes Aventum II performance PC

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June 26, 2013

Digital Storm's Aventum II PC powerhouse

Digital Storm's Aventum II PC powerhouse

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Though the death knell seems to be sounding for PCs, they're still the system of choice for power users and gamers. It's precisely those users that boutique system maker Digital Storm is targeting as it opens the cage door and lets loose the Aventum II PC powerhouse. First unveiled at CES back in January, the top of the range pre-configured model features a six-core processor, generous memory and storage, and a liquid-cooling system that's as attractive as it is efficient, sporting copper piping, huge radiators and unique venting. Power and performance don't come cheap though, so you might want to sit down before jumping in for a closer look.

The Aventum II system features Digital Storm's own Aventum RGB LED lighting system, runs Windows 7 Pro and has eight hard drive bays, a removable front panel for ease of access, and can support two power supplies. The in-house steel chassis includes temperature probes for monitoring five key thermal zones to allow the system to automatically regulate the computer's 22 chassis fans, though users can get their cooling control hands dirty too, via specialized software.

The Aventum II benefits from a proprietary isolated exhaust chamber design that channels h...

Rather than route performance-sapping heat away from core components through radiators like other liquid-cooled systems, the Aventum II benefits from a proprietary isolated exhaust chamber design that channels hot air under the power supply and out through the rear vent. The performance computer does include radiators, three 420 mm monsters in fact, which help keep key components cool while users unlock the system's performance potential. On select configurations, the cooling system also sports hand-crafted custom nickel-plated copper pipes inspired by high-end automotive cooling systems, giving each model an air of uniqueness.

Pre-configured systems start at US$4,999. For that wad of cash you'll get an Intel Core i7 4770K processor, 16 GB of 1600 MHz RAM, two Nvidia GTX 780 GPUs, a 240 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD spinning at 7200 RPM, and a DVD burner. This flavor comes with a 1050 W PSU supplying the power needed for all that computing oomph, but doesn't come with the copper piping.

The liquid-cooled Aventum II sports three 420 mm radiators to help keep key components coo...

The liquid-cooling system featuring those nickel-plated copper pipes is reserved for the Ultimate edition, which runs to $9,500. The top of the range Aventum II features a Core i7 3970X processor running at 3.5 GHz, 16 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 RAM, three Nvidia GTX Titan GPUs, the same capacious storage as the starter model, but comes with a bigger power supply providing the juice.

Prior to shipping, each unit is put through a rigorous 72-hour stress test to make sure it meets the quality grade, and each purchase is backed by life-time US-based tech support.

Product page: Aventum II

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10 Comments

"the death knell seems to be sounding for PCs": are you kidding? In the business world, retired persons, places where persons have to pay for their computers with their own money, PCs RULE. Also, hardly a library in So Cal has anything apple. Sorry, sounds like an apple elitist authored this one...

mikesommars
26th June, 2013 @ 05:22 pm PDT

Mike, if you look at PC sales, they have been abysmal for years. I attribute that to more people building their own than ever though, as those numbers are not counted. Unfortunately since sales from HP, Samsung, Compaq, Dell, ect. have been so low, they consider the PC dying.

Zaron Gibson
26th June, 2013 @ 09:51 pm PDT

I second Mike's comment. Desktop PCs are a totally different market.

It is the world of cursor precision, large screen real estate, first person shooters, large storage capacities and brute force processing power.

Yes, an iPad hooked up to an external large monitor, a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and a cloud back-end for big storage and processing is virtually the same thing. But then you might as well call it a desktop PC with IOS7.

And it wouldn't run Office or Photoshop, so what is the point.

In keeping with the main topic, I'm very familiar with current hardware prices having recently scoped something similar, and I can tell you this thing is well overpriced. Particularly the $9.5k variant.

In those price ranges out of the box you would at least have expected them to give you 5GHz overclocked on either CPU, and a PCI-X SSD like the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2,(Read 1500MB/s, Write 1225MB/s )

Nairda
26th June, 2013 @ 10:03 pm PDT

The onset of useful mobile devices, from smart phones to tablets and light laptops, is what has eaten into pc sales. It's why Intel created the ultra book specification. Around the year 2000 there was lots of talk about what we now call cloud computing and while it is definitely happening, stand alone pcs will have a significant place for the foreseeable future. It is always a relief to get home, fire up my multi screen behemoth and move some mountains of one's and zeros. Ever May it be thus :-)

John Hogan
27th June, 2013 @ 12:43 am PDT

@Nairda

Agreed this PC is completely over priced, but it does look sweet with the piping laid out such as it is. (Ideas for my next custom :P)

Worth noting however that the Revodrives are very deceptive with the read write performances as that speed relates mainly to it max performance on huge file and only a few of them. There performance when moving through load of small to medium files is below par with high end SSD, also they are not renowned for reliabilty (then again neither are SSD's so....)

Drougr
27th June, 2013 @ 08:31 am PDT

PC is nowhere near dying. The consumer is just being smarter by picking up their own components and assembling them at home that is the best bang for buck you can get. And there are many consumers who want to have sheer power that is not found in a thin laptop.

Computer cooling is one of the interests I greatly immerse myself into and building your custom water cooling loop is so satisfying. The cooling is better than when you buy it.

Seeing this product doesn't take much explaining that it is just too much money, too little value.

Fretting Freddy the Ferret pressing the Fret
27th June, 2013 @ 01:26 pm PDT

This is not bleeding edge but early this year I built a PC with a:

3770K processor

128GB Samsung SSD

2TB Toshiba mechanical HD

Nvidia GTX 660 graphics card

Asus Blu-Ray burner

LiteOn Cd-DVD burner

NZXT 750W power supply

NZXY Phantom case with multiple fans

I added 1 or 2 other fans just in case.

Granted I'm one step behind on the processor, I only have one graphics processor, and no watercoooling; but I only paid about $1500.

I think I could source the missing parts for less than $8K

Freddy, you are so right!

ericl
27th June, 2013 @ 03:37 pm PDT

@Drougr

Regarding the Revodrives, the IOPS is faster then the SATAs, and the Max IOPS edition even more so, though quite highly priced. This pertains to small files in particular, and there are a number of reviews to support the claim. Won't pollute the post with long HTML references.

I do agree with you about the reliability of these units not being terribly high. I suspect this is a firmware issue, as they don't really get hot. This is ultimately why I went for the Samsung 840 Pro in the end with a 5yr warranty.

Motherboard manufacturers also need to support PCI-X HDD vendors as there are still issues to this day where the BIOS tries to boot off SATA and ignore the PCI-X drive.

With my reference to the CPU overclocked out of the box I was referring to people who purchase one of these systems should be given a golden sample CPU, or best of a batch of CPUs tested for their top end, as they are not all created equal.

Nairda
27th June, 2013 @ 05:08 pm PDT

That certainly is a LOT of fans being used, I'm sure it's VERY noisy, runs very hot. From a musician's standpoint, I don't think this thing is gong to be quiet enough to be used in the recording studio, plus there is no Thunderbolt I/O. Sorry, but this is a FAIL for my needs.

With external storage these days, I would reduce the amount of internal heat by going extra for storage. I think the days of needs lots of internal drive bays is becoming detrimental since it just simply adds too much heat requiring additional cooling. I would just off load all storage (other than internal SSD) to an external RAID box.

I think "the PC is dying" is a little extreme. It's still a market, the only problem is that the only way to make money selling them is by selling lots of high end models. since the low end is priced so there isn't much margin.

RichDavis
28th June, 2013 @ 08:19 am PDT

just walk into any office, see if people working in front of a PC or a Pad.

Taiko Jiao
28th June, 2013 @ 11:02 am PDT
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