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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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If the massive profile of gaming rigs is what keeps you from buying one, then the Bolt II might be up your alley -- if you can stomach its high price tag.

The Bolt II is small and sleek enough to fit on your desk, or even "sit unobtrusively in your living room or look great in your office," according to PC World, noting that the Bolt II's size and weight are "nothing compared to most desktop gaming rigs." And that goes for power consumption as well, with Digital Trends finding it "surprisingly efficient."

That minimalism doesn't extend to its performance, as the Bolt II offered Digital Trends "excellent processor performance" and PC World says it "took everything we threw at it with aplomb." In case that still isn't enough, About says the Bolt II is "highly customizable," though Digital Trends notes that "tight power routing can make removing ... components more difficult" and PC World says there's "no room for a second video card."

Out of the box, the Bolt II promises excellent performance in a slender form factor and it certainly delivers. But, with a price starting over $1700, we shouldn't expect any less and maybe it could have offered a bit more.

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Model
Level 1

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
3.3 GHz
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8.1)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (4590)
Processor speed
3.3 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Optical media

Optical drives
1 (Slot loading)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (front)
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
Level 2

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
3.5 GHz
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8.1)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (4690K)
Processor speed
3.5 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Optical media

Optical drives
1 (Slot loading)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (front)
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
Level 3

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
4 GHz
System RAM
16 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8.1)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (4790K)
Processor speed
4 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Optical media

Optical drives
1 (Slot loading)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Connections

USB (front)
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
Battlebox Edition

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
4 GHz
System RAM
16 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8.1)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (4790K)
Processor speed
4 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Optical media

Optical drives
1 (Slot loading)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Connections

USB (front)
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
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