Digital Storm Ode V2 Level 4 review: Digital Storm Ode V2 Level 4

Crysis (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200 (high, 4x aa)  
1,280x1,024 (medium, 4x aa)  

Far Cry (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,920x1,200 (DirectX 10, 4x aa, very high)  
1,440x900 (DirectX 10, 4x aa, very high)  

Metro 2033 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
2,560x1,600 (DirectX 11, very high)  
1,920x1,080 (DirectX 11, very high)  

3DMark 11 combined test (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Extreme (1,920x1080)  
Performance (1,920x1,080, 16x AF)  
Entry Level (1,680x1,050)  

The story is mostly similar on our gaming tests. The Digital Storm system lags behind the Maingear by only a few frames per second on the majority of our games. Our Far Cry 2 test shows that in games that use multiple graphics cards with great efficiency, Maingear and its GeForce GTX 680 cards can offer a noticeable performance edge. For the games that don't scale as well as Far Cry 2 (arguably most of them), the performance differences between the Digital Storm and the more expensive Maingear systems are minimal. Each system would make an excellent gaming PC.

Because it's a larger system than the narrow Maingear F131, the Ode V2 has a bit more room for upgrading. You get one full-size PCI Express slot, as well as a pair or 1x PCI Express slots. The latter in particular will be handy if you want to add a wireless networking card. Both the Digital Storm and the Maingear have room for four memory sticks, total. The Maingear lets you add only four hard drives, though. That's impressive given its design, but the Digital Storm's traditional chassis wins out, offering room for six drives.

The Ode V2's connectivity options are just as comprehensive. From the motherboard, highlights include four USB 3.0 jacks, a pair of eSATA outputs, 7.1 analog audio, and an S/PDIF digital audio output. Each graphics card also offers a pair of DVI outputs, as well as full-size HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.

Digital Storm provides you with three years of parts-and-labor warranty coverage with the Ode V2, which extends two years beyond the industry average. Its support hours are limited, though, with phones open only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. Those hours are a particular inconvenience for anyone on the West Coast with a job or other occupation during standard working hours. Alternatively, Digital Storm offers a number of support videos and other resources on its Web site.

Performance testing conducted by Joseph Kaminski. Find out more about how we test desktop systems.

System configurations:

Digital Storm Ode V2 Level 4 (Intel Core i7 3770K, June 2012)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 4.7GHz Intel Core i7-3770K; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; (2) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics card; 128GB Corsair solid state hard drive, 1TB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

Falcon Northwest Tiki (Intel Core i7 3770K, June 2012)
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit; 4.3GHz Intel Core i7-377K (overclocked); 8GB 1,866MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards; 256GB solid-state hard drive; 2TB 5,400rpm Western Digital hard drive

Maingear F131 (Intel Core i7 3770K, May 2012)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 4.7GHz Intel Core i7-3770K (overclocked); 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; (2) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards; 60GB Corsair Accelera solid state drive; 2TB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

Origin Genesis (Intel Core i7 3770K, April 2012)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 4.6GHz Intel Core i7-3770K (overclocked); 16GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; (2) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards; (2) 60GB Corsair Force GT solid state drives; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive

Velocity Micro Edge Z55 (Intel Core i7 2700K, February 2012)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 4.9GHz Intel Core i7-2700K (overclocked); 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; (2)1.28GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics cards; (2) 60GB Intel solid-state drive; 1TB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive

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Digital Storm Ode V2 Level 4

Part Number: CNET691720

MSRP: $2,499.00

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Video Memory 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Monitor Type None.