Look At This Little Liquid-Cooled Gaming PC

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Isn’t Digital Storm’s Project Spark adorable? Only 12 inches tall, yet they still managed to include a transparent side panel and LED-lit liquid cooling.

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Announced at CES 2018, Project Spark (not to be confused with Microsoft’s defunct game creation app) is boutique system builder Digital Storm’s latest attempt at packing as much PC power into as small a space as possible. In this case, that space is 12 inches high, 4 inches wide and only 6 inches deep.

This is the same angle I take selfies at to make myself seem smaller.
This is the same angle I take selfies at to make myself seem smaller.
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The tiny form factor is made possible by a combination of a custom hardline liquid cooling system and tiny innards. The cooling means the CPU (up to an Intel Core-i7 8700K) stays nice and frosty. The graphics are provided by the mobile versions of Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 10 series cards, from the 1060 on up to the 1080. Around back it’s got space for a standard SSD drive and three M.2 storage ports, so not only is it really small, it’s also upgradeable.

The man in this video is not me, no matter how much he looks like me makes Riley’s head hurt. My hats are less poofy.

“We’ve always wanted to design and build a PC that raises the bar in terms of performance-per-square-inch and cooling,” said Digital Storm founder Harjit Chana via official announcement. “Advances in motherboard design have finally allowed us to make this goal a reality for our customers.”

The last time I played with one of Digital Storm’s small form-factor PCs it was the Bolt II. Project Spark makes the Bolt II look like a cow. A small, metal, rectangular cow.

Project Spark is launching in the second quarter of this year, with the base model (featuring GTX 1060 graphics) starting at $1,299.

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DISCUSSION

I honestly like it. Specs are decent, and the design is attractive. Sure I could build something similar spec wise for significantly less. However, it would be a challenge to make something as pretty.