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Digital Storm Aura: All-In-One Ultrawide Monitor GTX 1080 Gaming PC Review

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21:9, 34 inch 3440x1440 60hzIntel Core i7-7700kGTX 1080 8GB512GB M.2 1TB HDDPrice
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Today we're going to be taking a look at this glorious, Frankenstein of a machine, all-in-one ultrawide gaming PC. The Digital Storm Aura. Yes, seriously. It's quite genius really, a 21:9, 34 inch ultrawide monitor gives you a lot of width to work with. So much so that Digital Storm is able to cram standard, off-the-shelf components onto the back of this stunning ultrawide display. In fact, let's take a closer look at the real eye catching part of this entire build. The very window that pulls you into the worlds of movies and games.

The digital storm aura features a resolution of 3440x1440, exceptionally crisp despite its hulking size of 34 inches. The refresh rate also clocks in at 60hz and the color accuracy is at 99% sRGB. The ultrawide monitor includes a VESA compatible wall mount adapter as well, so it'll play nice with all your mounting desires. Beware though, this beast is heavy, 45-55 pounds based on a fully configured aura.

Under the hood

With regards to the specs, if we look at the highest end "ultimate" model, we see that Digital Storm has managed to fit a lot horsepower in this all-in-one PC. Here, have a look:

  • Intel Core i7-6800K
  • GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Drive
  • 1TB 7200RPM Storage

Yup, that's insane, and it really is all off-the-shelf stuff. This is a standard desktop class GTX 1080 FE. Also that CPU, did I mention it's liquid cooled. Yes, not even watercooling is beyond the limits of what digital storm was able to do with this ultrawide all-in-one. Now the most obvious and perhaps largest benefit of using standard components is upgradability. As long as it fits, it sits. You can upgrade CPU, GPU, storage, RAM, etc. I'm definitely not saying it's easy, but this machine was absolutely built with upgradability in mind. Believe it or not, even the motherboard is standard, albeit it is mini-itx (MSI Z270). Let's have a look at some interior pictures.

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Digital Storm Aura all-in-one gaming ultrawide monitor PC

Clickable picture of Digital Storm Aura all-in-one gaming ultrawide monitor PC

Digital Storm Aura all-in-one gaming ultrawide monitor PC

Now you're probably thinking, can this contraption really hold up under load? You're certainly within reason to be skeptical of the performance and temperatures of a high performance gaming PC crammed behind a massive ultrawide monitor, but fear not, it really does hold up. Synthetic performance tests designed to stress the internal components brought the CPU and GPU up to 70 and 85 degrees respectively, no throttling. The top and back of the chassis have perforations that assist in passive dissipitating a lot of that heat.

Considering the proximity of this PC to the user, it's not too loud. Certaintly not quiet, but about what you would expect from a high performance desktop PC sitting a couple of feet away from your ears.
As far as build quality, the bezel around the monitor and stand are extremely sturdy. The bezel in particular being made out of anodized aluminum. While the stand is very stable and capable of a large tilt range, the height adjustment is unfortunately fixed.

Should you buy an all-in-one computer?

Of course, it may seem illogical to buy a product like this when you could build your own PC and buy a different ultrawide monitor. Now a days, mini-itx cases and components are plentiful. You could easily build a very compact gaming PC and buy whatever kind of ultrawide monitor you want. Perhaps you would prefer an ultrawide monitor with FreeSync, or a higher refresh rate, or richer colors. Doesn't really matter, the point is you're afforded more options when you go the route of doing it yourself.

If that seems more up your alley, here are two guides that may help you:

 

Ultrawide Monitors Buyer's Guide Mini-itx Case Buyer's Guide

With that out of the way, nothing is going to get as unobstrusive and compact as having the actual PC nested within the monitor. A product like this is a perfect balance between compactness, performance, upgradability, and convenience.

Posted by Roman Stephen