We may already be a week beyond the annual CES show, but there is still plenty to discuss. One of the exciting systems I saw at the event was the new Digital Storm ‘Spark’ – a small form factor PC designed for high-end gaming. Inside was that odd-looking ASRock MXM motherboard, paired with an MXM GPU and even liquid cooling, all for a powerful but small system.

Inside we see the ASRock motherboard with two SO-DIMM slots, connected via water cooling to an Alphacool radiator, a fan, and a small reservoir. At the bottom is the MXM GPU, which in this system was a GTX 1080 if I recall correctly, although Digital Storm stated they are looking into upgrading the system to an RTX 2080 when the MXM modules become available. They also stated they are looking to watercool it too.

The Spark chassis design is specifically for this motherboard in mind, which puts an end to the question as to where that motherboard was going to end up. With such a small volume for both a high-end system and liquid cooling, we can see in the images that it is a tight squeeze for sure. On the rear of the motherboard is space for three NVMe drives.

The low-end version of the Spark starts at $999, with prices rising from there. No specific date was given on the RTX 2080 version.

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  • smartthanyou - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - link

    Here is the link to the Anandtech story about the 2018 version that was reported about over a year ago. https://www.anandtech.com/show/12232/digital-storm...

    As far as I know it was never released despite the story indicating it was suppose to be released in the 2nd quarter of 2018.
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  • Samus - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - link

    Damn, that thing sexy af. All that power in that little cube. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - link

    They're out of their minds. This should be perfect for a shared heatsink/cooler between CPU and the GPU which is simpler, compact and cheaper. Reply
  • dromoxen - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - link

    Its a great PC but I think something with say , and i5 and midrange gfx (1060/rx580), without water cooling, at £599 would be much more in peoples price range. Kudos on this tho Reply

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