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Digital Storm Twister Extreme 3-Way SLI System Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Digital Storm
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Internal Evaluation

Not that the pretty stuff is out of the way, let's get to the meat of the system where the components that put together our end experience are housed. 



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The first thing I should note is that the case itself is very well built -- the system is heavy, but in a good way, and feels very stable.  The side doors seem to be built with a lesser quality of metal and just seem to be not as "good" as the rest of the case. 

Our overview of the insides of the Digital Storm Twister Extreme looks pretty nice: no cable clutter to spot and nothing proprietary sticks out as being unworkable for your standard PC enthusiast. 


The hard drive cages we mentioned before are in the front of the chassis and are easily removed by pinching the black tabs in towards the drives and pulling out.  This allows you to remove the drive cage, install the hard drives and then put the entire cage back to attach SATA and power cables.



Behind the hard drive bays is the intake fan that sits between the air "tunnel" between the two side doors and pulls in cool air from outside the system to cool everything inside.  The only addition I would have liked to have seen here is a removable filter for easy cleaning of the system and to prevent dust and particles from getting inside. 



Ah yes, here they are; the three 8800 Ultra graphics boards from EVGA our Twister Extreme.  They take up the bulk of the space inside the case, generate a lot of heat and use a lot of power.  Oh well, performance never came cheap.



The CPU is cooled by a self contained water cooling setup that places the reservoir in the bottom most 5.25" drive bay and the radiator above the system where the two 120mm fans exhaust air from the computer.  The tubing for the CPU cooling is very high quality; no loose connections or kink possibilities here.



Here is the reservoir for the water cooler; it does keep you from adding in a fourth optical drive but the third bay is still 100% accessible. 



The cable routing inside the Digital Storm system is very well done as well as shown here with the six PCIe power connections required for the three 8800 Ultra GPUs.  You can see the sheathed cabling going behind the motherboard tray as well and some black zip ties for helping to hold the heavy 8800 Ultra cards in place. 

Also note the Swiftech pump for the water cooling system placed below the fan and hidden away from interfering with any clutter. 

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