Digital Storm Ode Review
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.