Digital Storm Velox Z270 Gaming Desktop Review

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Gaming Benchmarks

Alien: Isolation

There's little doubt that the Velox's GTX 1080 SLI configuration will continue to place it above the single GPU systems in the field, and Alien: Isolation doesn't tax any of the desktops below an 80 FPS average, even at 3840 x 2160. However, it's interesting to note that at 1080p, the Velox averages a ridiculously high 333.12 FPS, and even at 4K resolution the Digital Storm beast averages 132.27 FPS.

Ashes of the Singularity

We had to dial back Digital Storm's overclock to get the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark to run correctly, not because it was unstable, but because Ashes didn't seem to want to complete the DX12 benchmark without crashing when MSI Afterburner was running (which is a requirement for the overclock to take effect). To be sure we even loaded default GPU clocks with Afterburner, but the error persisted despite our troubleshooting. Only after closing down the overclocking tool were we able to complete the test with multi-GPU support enabled (we made sure it wasn't that, too). We theorize this may only occur with the DX12 version of the test, but we were able to get consistent results from the Velox after shutting down the program.

Although the GPU overclock was disabled for this test, enabling multi-GPU support gave the Velox a sizable lead over the other systems with only one graphics card. Whereas all of the GTX 1080-equipped systems all fall into a narrow pocket of performance, the Velox sees gains of roughly 38% at 1080p and about 47% at 2560 x 1400 and 3840 x 2160 over the single-card competition in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks.

Bioshock Infinite

We reinitialized Afterburner for the remainder of the tests, bringing the GPUs up to Digital Storm's intended clock rate (+150MHz Core Clock, +50Mhz Memory Clock). However, for a benchmark like Bioshock Infinite, we really didn't have to. Even at 3840 x 2160, the Velox achieves an average framerate of 136.4 FPS. Oddly, it also scores the lowest minimum framerate at every tested resolution, but the stutter is consistently early in the benchmark and about where all the others make their minimum framerate mark.

DiRT Rally

DiRT Rally is a title that stresses the whole platform, and even the Digital Storm Velox is brought below a 60 FPS average at 4K resolution. However, it still leads the field in this benchmark at all tested resolutions, although not by a considerable amount at 3840 x 2160 (its 51.9 FPS average is only 11.56 FPS ahead of the next closest competitor, the Avatar). This is one game where the SLI scaling isn't as effective at higher resolutions.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Digital Storm Velox sees more moderate gains in Grand Theft Auto V. At 1920 x 1080, the SLI GTX 1080s net roughly a 38% gain in average FPS over the Avatar, which leads the systems with single GPUs with 72.65 FPS (the Velox crushes this with 100.94 FPS). However, the gains become more substantial at 2560 x 1440 and 3840 x 2160, with an average framerate increase of about 74% and 87%, respectively, over the Avatar. GTAV seems to like SLI at higher resolutions, but even the Velox simmers down to an average framerate of 46.47 FPS at 4K at the game's highest settings.

GRID Autosport

The massive power of dual EVGA GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI is lost on the GRID Autosport benchmarks, with the Digital Storm Velox hitting a ceiling at around 153-to-155 FPS at 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440. This isn't much better than the systems with only one GPU in them, and it's not until you hit 4K that you see a significant difference in performance between the Velox and its next closest competitor, the Avatar.


The Hitman benchmark is another DirectX 12 test, and multi-GPU support was completely borked (we could not run the test with SLI enabled), so we turned off SLI and ran the benchmark with a single, manually overclocked GPU. This of course brings the beastly Digital Storm Velox down to comparable framerates against the other GTX 1080-equipped systems, but the Velox remains on top, barely, with its slightly higher GPU clock rate. The factory-overclocked EVGA GTX 1080 SC inside the Syber M is close behind, but the Founder's Edition-equipped systems (the Avatar and our reference rig) fall behind by a larger (yet negligible) margin in the GPU-intensive benchmark.

Metro: Last Light Redux

Metro: Last Light Redux is another GPU-stressing gaming benchmark that pushes even the Velox's SLI graphics configuration below 60 FPS at 4K on the highest settings. However, the SLI scaling of the dual GTX 1080s sees amazing returns in Metro, with an additional 78% average framerate performance at 1920 x 1080 over the second place Syber M and its single factory overclocked GTX 1080. Once you crank up the resolution, the performance gains from SLI reach roughly 94% and 101% (over the single card Syber M) at 2560 x 1440 and 3840 x 2160, respectively.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

We return to another DirectX 12 benchmark with multi-GPU support to see if scaling in SLI is any better, and this time around Rise of the Tomb Raider sees similar returns as Metro: Last Light Redux, with a roughly 92-to-104% increase in average framerate performance over the second place Syber M's single factory-overclocked GPU at all tested resolutions. 

The Division

The Division heavily favors GPU clock rate, and you would think the Velox is a shoe-in for top honors in this particular gaming test. However, we run the benchmark with DX12, and multi-GPU support goes out the window (and makes it crash, similar to our Hitman tests), putting the Velox in a single-GPU showdown against the competition in the field. Digital Storm's overclock proves potent, with the Velox taking the lead over the factory-overclocked GTX 1080 in the Syber M at 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440. However, we're shocked with the first (and only) second place finish for the Velox at 4K, where the Syber M was just slightly more stable, beating out the Velox by 0.6 FPS.


The Digital Storm Velox finishes our test suite strong, with Thief bringing back SLI functionality and bringing the system back to its dominant glory over the single card gaming rigs. We can safely assert that two GPUs are better than one in most cases, and the aging Thief benchmark enjoys increasingly higher returns on the SLI configuration as you turn up the resolution. At 1920 x 1080, the Velox achieves a roughly 25% better average framerate over the second-place Syber M, but this increases to about 49% at 2560 x 1440, and 79% at 4K. 

Derek Forrest
Derek Forrest is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes hardware news and reviews gaming desktops and laptops.
  • JakeWearingKhakis
    Well this is something my dad would buy, since he doesn't care about money he just wants the best. But for me, I would never spend that much on something I could build for nearly half that.

    Also, Kaby Lake being the ripoff that it is, just no.
  • ubercake
    Right-sided window cases are quite novel, but make everything inside them appear a bit "off".

    If you're going to make a window case, make it a left-sided window case. This way your component labels aren't all showing upside down. Upside-down text definitely takes away from the cool-factor the Windowed case can provide.
  • Janissaire
    It's overpriced,hell,you could say it's a scam,there's no defending a scam,this is peoples like you that kill every industry ever by saying; they have the right to scam peoples and sell overpriced mess.
  • DookieDraws
    I just bought this exact system a couple weeks ago just to be able to play this game and I gotta tell you, it handles the game extremely well. I can even have several other browser tabs open while playing, and I don't even take a hit in performance. That's just nuts! This system is awesome, guys!
  • Malik 722
  • ledhead11
    Not going to make fun of it or knock it for its price. Bottom line if your not going to build it, its going to cost you pure 'n' simple.

    I think going so over the top with everything else, they should've paired a single 240-256gb SSD for the OS, and then another SSD in the 1-2TB range. It's nice to show off the 4k/1440p/FPS speed, but also how fast everything loads. A setup like this shouldn't have any platters.
  • kittle
    Very nice system.

    But I think most of you (Derek included) are missing the point.
    If your just looking at performance per dollar, your measuring it by the wrong metric. Its like evaluating a Lamborghini on the basis of gas mileage alone.

    This system comes pre-assemled, pre-overlcocked with everything loaded and ready to go. Just install your 1st game and start playing.
    It also comes with a warranty and nice support. For DIY systems, you provide your own support, and warranty for each part has to be handled separately. Some of us like that, some of us dont.

    The extra cost is for the warranty, support and the nice looking setup.
    oh please tell me I gaver the correct mailing address lol on a side note very nice machine
  • anbello262
    I really like this (although I am not one of the potential customers) but I think that the hiccups cause by DirectX12 (that were in no way Digital's fault) can hinder this system quite a bit. After all, if you have to manually change some settings in order to play some games, it loses a lot of its "plug&play" console-like feel.
    I'm not faulting the company or the product, but if I were to spend this kind of money, I would feel outraged to have almost ANY kind of issue (that other PCs with less power don't), even those caused by a game API.
  • cats_Paw
    Ill get back to you when I stop laughing.