Digital Storm Ode Review

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While the Digital Storm Special Ops Ode V2 starts at $1,499 for the Level 1 version, Digital Storm Ode reviews focus on a higher-end Level 3 model and rave about its tremendous computing power. The current Ode Level 3 has somewhat different specs (outlined below) and is priced temptingly close to the top of our range, at $2,099. In a Digital Storm Ode review at PC Mag, an analyst gives the Ode Level 3 the site's Editors' Choice award, noting that its test scores rival those of PCs that cost as much as $1,000 more. An expert reviewer at CNET is also impressed with the power for the price, according to the site's Digital Storm Ode review. The Ode Level 3 that CNET tested outperformed more expensive PCs on the gaming front. Furthermore, the reviewer likes that Digital Storm supplements the 1TB, 7,200 RPM hard drive with a 120GB solid-state drive, or SSD, which can find and transfer data much more quickly than a traditional hard drive.

As reviewed, the Digital Storm Ode Level 3 (starting at $2,339) includes an Intel Core i7-2600K quad-core CPU, 8GB of 1,600 MHz RAM, and a beefy 800-watt power supply. Perhaps the most impressive feature is a pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 video cards, which can fly through graphics-intensive games. The current Ode Level 3 available from Digital Storm comes with only one video card, but it's a speedier GTX 680, and the processor is a newer, more powerful Intel Core i7-3770K, boosted to 4.4 GHz. The cheaper Ode Level 1 has an overclocked Intel Core i5-3570K processor, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 video card, and the same 8 GB, 1,600 MHz RAM, but no SSD. Like most budget gaming PCs, the Digital Storm Ode models mentioned here include a DVD-RW optical drive and run Windows 7 Home Premium.

While the Digital Storm Ode Level 3 is not a cheap system, even by gaming standards, it can not only compete with but surpass pricier gaming PCs. If you're willing to dig a little deeper into your pockets, you may want to step up to the Level 3 system. Otherwise, the specs on the Ode Level 1 suggest that model has what it takes to compete with our favorite gaming PCs.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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