What a time to be alive for a material writer! The Digital Storm Lynx has a handful of the best gaming PC components, all of which are virtually impossible to find right now, but here at work to produce killer performance. Inside that machine you’ll find the AMD Ryzen 5800X and the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070, making their team special for under $ 3,000.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (8 cores) 4.7 GHz Turbo
Graphic: Nvidia RTX 3070 8 GB
Memory: 32 GB DDR4 3000MHz G.Skill TridentZ (RGB light bar)
Storage: 1x M.2 SSD (500GB Seagate FireCuda 520) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe) + 1x Storage (2TB Seagate / Toshiba / Hitachi)
Connectivity: 2 x USB 1.0, 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.0, Bluetooth
Operating system: Windows 10 Home / Pro 64 bits
Dimensions: 12 x 14.5 x 8 inches
Weight: 35 pounds
guarantee: Lifetime warranty on parts and labor
Price: $ 2,500 at Digital Storm
This Digital Storm Lynx costs just under / over $ 2,500. Still, Digital Storm offers dozens of different Ryzen setups, as well as the latest Nvidia and AMD GPUs, with around 20-25 business days for orders. You can even go a little crazy and order a system with two Nvidia RTX 3090 graphics cards if you have $ 4,000 burning a hole in your pocket and a penchant for professional-level 3D rendering.
However, the reality is that a very hard to find RTX 30 series card should be more than enough for your gaming needs. Don’t be greedy, now.
The Lynx enclosure is a terrific full-size offering, with a slatted front-panel grille giving off strong “gamer panini press” vibes. It is most definitely an interesting look while making a pretty imposing silhouette for a PC case. I am a fan of the upper and lower dust filters. Even the silly slatted front panel seems to provide decent airflow while remaining quiet during intense gaming.
R20 cinema bench: 5865 (multi-core) 604 (single-core)
Geekbench 5: 10003
3DMark Fire Strike: 28406
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 8344
3DMark Time Spy: (GPU) 13073, (CPU) 11660
3DMark Port Royal: 7813
PCMark 10 Express: 5800
Division 2 (Ultra): 94 fps (1080p) 80 fps (1440p)
Gear Tactics: (Ultra): 145 fps (1080p) 107 fps (1440p)
Troy: Total War (Ultra, Battle): 113 fps (1080p) 80 fps (1440p)
Metro Exodus (Ultra RTX disabled / enabled): 87/75 fps (1080p) 87/57 fps (1440p)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Ultra, RTX enabled): 104 fps (1080p) 69 fps (1440p)
A single pair of thumbscrews separates you from the guts of the Lynx, with the tempered glass panel providing a good view of the RGB lighting coming from inside. The included remote lets you tune the RGB LEDs (except on RAM) with plenty of presets to choose from. I tend to stick with just one solid color, although you have that freedom if you prefer more frantic fashions. Ideally, I control all of my RGB through software as I find the remotes quite unreliable although the supplied remote didn’t give me any problems.
The Ryzen 5800X is an excellent (albeit expensive) processor that excels in gaming when paired with the awesome RTX 3070, especially at 1080p and 1440p. CPU-hungry games like Total War Saga: Troy and Shadow of the Tomb Raider manage to crack at triple digits, which shows that it can absolutely fight against Intel’s Core i7s and come out on top.
On the productivity side, we were impressed with the Geekbench score of 10,003 as well as a respectable PCMark report. This means that if you want to do more than just play, the Lynx won’t let you down.
The RTX 3070 can do a pretty good job if you’re willing to tweak your graphics presets a bit. The same can be said for ray tracing if you are dead. We hit around 75 frames at 1080p with RTX enabled in Metro Exodus, which was surprisingly high. For the sake of testing, we’re pushing everything as high as possible, but the reality is that most people tweak the settings to get things right. Starting up on DLSS has done wonders in Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War to boost frame rates as well, proving it’s not just a panacea for ray tracing performance.
Cyberpunk 2077 is still proving to be a heart-breaker for anyone trying to get a decent frame rate without using DLSS for a boost. With my presets set to Ultra and ray tracing on, I was able to get an average of 40 fps at 1080p and 32 fps at 1440p. 4K was at roughly 17 fps unplayable.
Of course, if you do decide to use DLSS, expect a boost of 25-35fps. In my testing Cyberpunk 2077 was an outlier (I’m sure it will continue to ban any major updates) considering how the RTX 3070 treated hogs from systems like Metro Exodus ray tracing and none. DLSS help.
The only marks against this system are the lack of wireless connectivity and Bluetooth support. It’s a bit annoying if you rely on Bluetooth for your controllers and accessories or if your router is not easily accessible. I also noticed that there isn’t a USB 3.0 Type-C port either, which is surprising. Expect to spend a few hundred extra dollars on a setup that will tick these boxes. So don’t be surprised if your final price at checkout comes close to $ 3,000.
This Digital Storm Lynx is an excellent 1080p machine with admirable performance of 1440p. The Ryzen 5800X / RTX 3070 combo in this setup is the right choice if you don’t mind jumping into high-end 4K gaming but plan on going for a 1080p or 1440p display with a high refresh rate. The lack of wireless, Bluetooth, and USB Type-C connectivity is a real letdown on an otherwise impressive system, though the $ 2,500 sticker price is a bit too high for people to rush.