Digital Storm Updates The 'World's Most Advanced PC'

Last March, boutique PC maker Digital Storm unveiled the Aventum, a powerful gaming PC with a custom-engineered cooling system. They called it the "world's most advanced PC" and models started at nearly $US4000. Now Digital Storm is readying the Aventum II. It features a copper tube liquid cooling solution and an even more advanced case design. The upgrades will likely add up to an even more advanced price tag as well, but that's OK — Digital Storm didn't create the Aventum with sales in mind.

According to Digital Storm chief marketing officer Harjit Chana, who spoke to me earlier this week prior to the 2013 Consumer Electronics show, the original Aventum was a good seller for the company. Despite the hefty price tag, the allure of a powerful system with an advanced proprietary liquid cooling solution (that solution brings the base price up to more than $US8000, incidentally) and an enclosure built from the ground-up with heat control in mind earned the attention of plenty of people with the cash to drop on that sort of thing.

The Aventum II ups the ante with the introduction of nickel-plated copper tubing instead of the normal rubber, making for a more secure cooling system with a little steampunk style thrown in for good measure. The thermal chamber at the bottom of the unit has been split into two compartments, lessening congestion between fans on the back and front of the unit. And the proprietary software that was capable of controlling 13 separate fans in the original machine can now handle 22. What kind of monster machine could possibly require 22 different fans?

This one, I suppose.

It's pure extravagance, of course. Chana likens it to a Bugatti automobile. It's not something anyone needs, but it's definitely something they'd want.

What's inside the Aventum II? Such is Digital Storm's focus on the new features and slightly retooled look of the Aventum II that the internal components aren't even mentioned. If you want to get an idea of what is possible, head over to Digital Storm's Aventum system configurator and weep.

Why would Digital Storm build a PC with tech so advanced and expensive most people couldn't afford it? Why, to prove that they can. "We want to prove that Digital Storm is more than a normal system builder — more than a system integrator," said Chana during our call earlier this week. They wanted to build the most extreme system imaginable.

More importantly, Digital Storm wanted to build a system that the enthusiast couldn't build themselves. Look at any post on Kotaku about an expensive piece of PC gaming hardware and you'll find people saying how they could build the same thing for less. Not this. The Aventum II is a fully-engineer cooling beast, built from parts that no enthusiast could get their hands on.

"This is what we can do," said Chana.

The Aventum II will launch on Digital Storm's website in March.


Comments

    I want this

    Like, I want it inside me!

    I need to win the lotto like, yesterday

    I don't like the open case look. I prefer the big black "2001 space odyssey" monolith look

      Not sure it is open case

      I think it is just open in the pictures to show off the new liquid cooling tubes

      the open look is for those that go "look at me! look at me! - i dont have a girlfriend and im insecure about my masculinity"

        Or for those of us that enjoy putting in the extra work to get the interior of their PC looking super clean and tidy. It's not always matter of e-peen, it's often a matter of pride, and often functionality. I spent some money buying and building my PC myself, and I'm proud of it.

        I liken it to a car at a show with it's bonnet up and engine bay on display, polished to the nines.

        Plus if I was paying $4000+ for a prebuilt system, I'd want to look the goods, especially internally - on display or not.

          "Super clean and tidy" is fine.

          It's when you start adding lighting in there is when it gets e-peeny. Do you constantly need to see which way the electricity is going inside your case do you?!?!

          "It's not always matter of e-peen, it's often a matter of pride."

          I basically read this as, "It's not always matter of e-peen, it's often a matter of e-peen."

        May as well not buy anything for appearance then. Forget about spending your money on cleaning your car, forget about getting some nice clothing to go out in, forget about personal hygiene. I mean, its not like we are trying to impress others and make people look at us. Come now, who on earth would function that way? Certainly looks don't mean anything.

          you have a fair point, its how we have be conditioned to behave over generations and generations and with each new generation there are different things that we like to show off. what is important for me to take pride, isnt what's important to you to take pride in. yes i like wearing suits and going out, but i dont take pride in my personal grooming, nor do i was my car, coz honeslty washing a 1993 nissan with dents and severely faded paint would probably actually make it look worse - but more than that, i just dont like washing cars coz im lazy.

    Do they ship to Australia. If not anyone know an Australian company equivalent?

      You can try jw.com.au. They don't have any liquid cooling system that I'm aware of but they have some decent pre-built rigs that you can customize. You can also build your own system from the ground up.

        I've currently got a budget of around $5000 for a new gaming tower. :) Last one lasted five years so equates to around $1000 a year.

      What! You're getting this? Give me some seeds from the money tree you have!

      Murderbox might ship to Australia, though not sure if they're shipping yet. But oh god so pretty.

      Last edited 10/01/13 7:33 pm

    http://www.hardwiredpc.com.au

    and

    http://originpc.com.au/

    both do watercooling

    *super-expensive pre-built computer*
    *~AUD$3950*
    *looks at the Dell website*

    "More importantly, Digital Storm wanted to build a system that the enthusiast couldn’t build themselves. "

    Too bad they wasted their time then. That Motherboard is an Asus Rampage IV Extreme. I know it because I have the same one in my Computer. That RAM? Its Corsair Dominator RAM I have 32GB of it in my computer I have an overclocked Six Core i7 3970 in my machine too. The only part of this that an enthusiast cant obtain is the cooling system or the case. Since my computer has a beautiful Limited Edition Thermaltake Level 10 Silver case (only 300 in the world) I'll keep what its got thanks. No, All you are paying for is an over-engineered cooling system that's it. Its un-necessary and is susceptible to damage during shipping, even Tomshardware have stopped shipping complete systems in their system builder competitions because parts have a tendency to migrate during shipping or in the case of custom liquid cooling systems leak.

    If all you are doing is paying for a one of a kind liquid cooling solution then you are out of luck when it comes to upgrading this because new boards and cards will have the heat generating components mounted in different locations than what is shipped. No this rig is a one time waste of cash. Good luck with that.

    Ok... liquid cooling everything as well as 22 fans? wtf?

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