Pros

  • Good gaming performance; terrific, functional chassis
  • Lots of upgrade potential

Cons

  • Subpar general performance
  • Needs more connections

At A Glance

For a budget desktop, this bare-bones system offers little beyond its frame rates.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Marauder gaming computer from Digital Storm is an elite machine that delivers the surgical performance that eliminates frustrating lag during intense gaming sessions and allows gamers to get the most immersive experience possible. Bring back the shock and awe to your PC gaming experience with Digital Storm's powerful Marauder gaming computer line.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadc70.asp?id=676725&price=%24999

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7-3570k
Processor speed 3.11 MHz
Cache size 8.192 KB
Processor count 1
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset Radeon HD7870
Secondary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD
Number of Graphic Cards included 1.0
Graphics Memory 2.0 GB
Video Bus PCI Express x16
Storage
Drive size 1000.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Ports and Connections
USB 14
Available Interfaces
  • DVI (dual link)
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • HDMI
  • Line In 1/8
  • Line Out 1/8
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Memory
Memory size 8192.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Memory max 32.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 20.0 inches
Depth 21.0 inches
Height 9.0 inches
Optical Drive
Included Drives DVD Drive
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Overall Rating
Worldbench Score 77.0
Worldbench Version 7
Start Up
Start Up 41.3   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMARK 1626.0   score (higher is better)
Web Performance
Web Performance 11.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 545.4   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 370.2   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 288.4   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 220.7   seconds (lower is better)
Encoding Audio 202.9   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
WorldBench Green Score 66.0
Working power usage 24.0   Watt hours
Idle power usage 110.1   Watts
Gaming
Gaming Score 53.0
Crysis 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 16.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 2560x1600 24.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 42.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 49.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1024x768 69.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600 28.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 50.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 57.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 85.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 24.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 2560x1600 52.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1920x1080 80.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1680x1050 85.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1024x768 97.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 2560x1600 90.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1920x1080 115.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1680x1050 116.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1024x768 117.2   Frames per second (higher is better)