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conclusion:We like it

82 August 1st 2014 2:53 pm

Gamers in need of a new gaming rig generally have two options: build their own or outlay a lot of cash to get one pre-assembled. Digital Storm looks to make it a little easier on gamers' skills and wallets with the Vanquish II, an affordable gaming rig that still leaves room for upgrades.

Despite its low price, the Vanquish II certainly doesn't look cheap. TechRadar says that "aesthetically, there's a lot to love," and PC World enjoyed its "attractive combination of gray with blue lighting" that HotHardware calls "simple but sharp." Size-wise it's not a behemoth, with TechRadar finding it "average size – neither too big for a local LAN, nor so small that it strays into mini-ITX territory."

While it's always nice to have a machine that looks good, a gaming rig needs to perform well, and though HotHardware says it "isn’t built to push the bleeding edge of performance," the Vanquish II "did post reasonably good scores in our benchmarks" and Forbes found that for some games, it offers "great performance under demanding conditions." While TweakTown notes "a more powerful CPU would help boost results," they still say the Vanquish II "proves itself as an all-around PC."

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Critic reviews

8.1
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    8.6
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Expandability
    7.3
  • Noise
    9.2
  • Size and weight
    6.0
  • Power consumption
    6.8

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7.0
PC World Jul 11, 2014

Limited expansion aside, the Vanquish II Ultimate should satisfy the needs of all but the pickiest of gamers. It’s a nicely-realized, relatively low-cost gaming rig.

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9.0
Forbes Jul 1, 2014

All told, a carefully chosen team of components with no bottlenecking, and a system which stays surprisingly quiet.

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9.0
TweakTown Jul 16, 2014

The Vanquish II Level 4 comes out swinging with great performance on a budget with plenty of customization to go around.

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8.0
TechRadar May 23, 2014

The Vanquish II is a well-rounded machine, but its motherboard and storage options, while sufficient, aren't ideal.

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9.0
HotHardware Jul 30, 2014

You should think of the Digital Storm Vanquish II not as a budget rig, but a budget-friendly gaming system. If you want to truly go budget here, opt for Level 1, 2, or 3 of the Vanquish II.

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7.0
Digital Trends Jul 30, 2014

The Vanquish II is impressively powerful for its $1,259 asking price, but a low-end motherboard limits its internal and external expansion options.

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8.0
About Apr 11, 2014

It is nearly as affordable as building a system yourself from parts and comes with the company's excellent support and build quality. The downside is that a few compromises have been made to keep it cheap so the system lacks many of the upgrading potential that its more expensive options have.

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