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  Stratosphere Evolution X6
     
 
 
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Price: $2,735.00 USD

Operating System

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations 64-bit [Add $168.00 USD]
Learn more about operating system options
General recommendation: Windows 10 Pro as base operating system + customized Windows experience

Most customers will be best served by choosing Windows 10 Pro and also by customizing their Windows 10 experience. (See the "Windows Experience" section of the configurator, which follows all of the major hardware sections.) Notably, customers will be able to choose a Windows experience that emulates either the Windows 7 Start menu, or a hybrid Windows 7 / XP Start menu, even while they run Windows 10. This means that the tiled Start menu in Windows 10 can be considered merely the the default option, and if customers prefer the Windows 7 or XP experience, they can achieve much of what they prefer to experience with our free Start Menu Customization service.

Customers will also be able to suppress other elements of Windows 10 at time of order, thereby avoiding the need to uninstall dozens of Microsoft consumer apps loaded by default with Windows 10. There is even an option to tame the newly aggressive Windows Update service, delaying feature updates that might be unstable, and preventing Windows Update from restarting your computer until you are ready.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations supports advanced hardware and features beyond the scope of most users. The interface is indistinguishable from standard Windows 10 Pro.
Chassis & Cooling

Case Type
Silent compact tower (RC): optimal airflow / noise damping, 31% smaller than R6, no DVD, 2 front USB, quiet fans
Silent mid-tower (R6 USB-C): premium noise damping, automatic fan control, 5 front USB including USB-C, ultra-quiet fans [Add $85.00 USD]
4U rackmount case with locking front door; compact 19.7in depth; 2 front USB ports
 See case options and features
Case options and features
ImageNameHeight (in)Width (in)Depth (in)Front USB
3.0/2.0/C
Features


  • R6 USB-C case (left) and with tempered-glass side window option (right)
Hover over image to view tempered glass side window option
Silent mid-tower
(R6 USB-C)
18.39.221.42/2/1
  • Noise-damped and inaudible in most offices
  • Brushed-aluminum door with reversible hinges
  • 5 front USB + audio at top edge
  • 10Gbps USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C)
  • 1 × 5.25" front bay behind door
  • 2 × 2.5" drive mounts
  • 6 × 3.5"/2.5" bays (removable)
  • Automatic fan-speed controller
  • 2/1 front/rear 140mm fans; ultra-quiet 18.8 dBA
  • Removable top panel for vented top; optional 2 top 140mm fans or 120-360mm liquid coooler
  • Optional bottom intake fan
  • Optional tempered-glass side panel
Below: R6 USB-C front ports (above door)
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  • From left: Standard RC case; RC case with tempered glass side panel
Hover over image to view tempered glass side window option
Silent compact tower
(RC)
17.88.316.32/0/0
  • 31% less volume than R6 case
  • Noise-damped and inaudible in most offices
  • Max-airflow design; zero front drive bays or internal drive cages to impede airflow
  • External USB DVD drive only
  • 2 front USB + audio at top front edge
  • Supports up to 3 × 2.5″ SSDs, 2 × hard drives
  • 2/1 front/rear fans (free upgrade): 140mm + 120mm front; 120mm rear; ultra-quiet 18.8 dBA
  • Optional 2 top 140mm fans or liquid coooler
  • Optional 3 x 120mm front fans
  • Optional side window, tempered-glass side panel
Below: front ports at top front of case

  • RC case: front ports at top front of case
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  • 4U rackmount case with locking door and short depth
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4U Rackmount7.019.019.70/2/0
  • Locking front door
  • 3 external 5.25″ drive bays + external 3.5″ drive bay + 9 internal 3.5″ drive bays
  • Incompatible with liquid CPU coolers and Noctua NH-D15S air cooler

  • Flip-down vented door normally covers external drive bays
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Case Side Window
No side window
Tempered glass side panel (R6 or RC case) [Add $35.00 USD]
 

Case Fans
Standard R6 case fans: 2 front 140mm intake, 1 rear 140mm exhaust; ultra-quiet Fractal Design GP-14
Add (2) case fans for improved cooling [Add $35.00 USD]
  • Additional case fans help keep the system running as cool as possible for maximum longevity.
Processor & Cooler

Processor (CPU)
New! Intel Core i9-10900X: 10 cores / 20 threads, 3.7 - 4.7 GHz, 48 PCIe lanes - EXTENDED LEAD TIME
New! Intel Core i9-10920X: 12 cores / 24 threads, 3.5 - 4.8 GHz, 48 PCIe lanes - EXTENDED LEAD TIME [Add $149.00 USD]
New! Intel Core i9-10940X: 14 cores / 28 threads, 3.3 - 4.8 GHz, 48 PCIe lanes - EXTENDED LEAD TIME [Add $299.00 USD]
New! Intel Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition: 18 cores / 36 threads, 3.0 - 4.8 GHz, 48 PCIe lanes - BACKORDERED [Add $599.00 USD]
 

CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D9L premium-grade dual-tower CPU cooler with quiet (23 dBA) 92mm fan; certified for CPUs up to 165W TDP
Noctua NH-D15S ultra-quiet, elite-class, dual-tower CPU cooler with 140mm fan; 160mm high; not for rackmount case [Add $45.00 USD]
Noctua NH-D15 ultra-quiet, elite-class, dual-tower CPU cooler with dual 140mm fans; 165mm high; not for rackmount case [Add $59.00 USD]
Liquid CPU coolers (water cooling): High cooling efficiency, lower long-term reliability
Liquid cooling: Fractal Design Celsius S24 liquid cooler with ultra-quiet 20-dBA pump, dual 120mm quiet 32-dBA radiator fans [Add $129.00 USD]
 Learn more about CPU coolers

Advice for choosing a CPU cooler upgrade

Our goal is to deliver a system to you that is completely silent in normal office environments even at high system loads, while also being highly reliable and offering you years of trouble-free service.

A "silent" computer in this context can't be heard above the noise floor of the room. The CPU cooler plays a critical role in ensuring that your system can achieve this goal. We are pleased to offer what we think are the some of the best values and top performers in CPU cooling, meeting various budgets.

Air cooling vs liquid cooling

Liquid CPU coolers typically have higher cooling power than air coolers. This cooling efficiency has caused water coolers to be touted by gaming enthusiasts who overclock their systems in order to achieve higher gaming performance. However, liquid coolers are also typically louder than better air coolers, at any load. Most alarmingly, liquid coolers have markedly lower long-term reliability than air coolers.

We estimate that at least 10-20% of liquid coolers will completely fail during the first three years of daily use, and the percentage may actually be higher. When the cooler fails, the system will shut down due to thermal failure. Replacing any CPU cooler is moderately difficult and normally requires a skilled technician. For this reason, a failed liquid cooler may put a system out of action for a week or more, depending on service options.

Most all-in-one (AIO), closed-loop liquid CPU coolers are sold under license by the patent holder, Asetek, whose designs and various implementations all apparently suffer from inherent reliability issues ranging from a failed pump to evaporated coolant to air in the lines to increasing noise over time. These products are sold under the brand names NZXT, Corsair, Arctic, Thermaltake, Intel, Cryorig, Fractal Design and EVGA. As far as we can determine, all of these branded products suffer unacceptable failure rates. However, their intended market (gamers) seems relatively tolerant of failures and short product life. No one's business or income is affected when a gaming rig goes down for a week.

For these reliability reasons, we normally recommend air cooling for all customers, because our customers are not typically buying our systems for gaming. However, we also recognize that consumer enthusiasm for liquid cooling continues, so we offer the well regarded Fractal Design Celsius S24 liquid CPU cooler. This cooler is noted for being one of the quietest liquid coolers made, though the radiator fans are still rated as being louder than the Noctua CPU cooler fans. Fractal Design offers a 5-year warranty for this liquid cooler.

Air cooling models
  • Noctua NH-D9L is premium-grade dual-tower CPU cooler with quiet (23 dBA) fan. It is certified up to 165W TDP for socket 2066 processors and offers very high reliability.
  • Noctua NH-C14S is an elite-class, top-flow CPU cooler with large 140mm fan and larger heatsink, which enable it to cool high loads efficiently and silently. At full power, it runs quieter than 66 other premium air coolers and liquid coolers tested. It's so quiet that you should not hear it outside a sound-dampened chassis even at full load in a normal office environment. Fits all case types and is the best cooler for 4U rackmount installation and narrow tower cases.
  • Noctua NH-D15S is an elite-class, dual-tower CPU cooler with large 140mm fan and very large heatsink, which enable it to cool very high loads efficiently and silently. It's so quiet that you should not hear it outside a sound-dampened chassis even at full load in a normal office environment. Does not fit 4U rackmount case.
  • Noctua NH-D15 is a very similar to NH-D15S, but has two cooling fans. We recommend it only when extended 100% CPU utilization is anticipated. Does not fit 4U rackmount case. Requires packing foam inside case for shipping stability.
Memory

Memory Options
16GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel memory (2 x 8GB 2666MHz DIMMs) - 39.7 GB/s peak bandwidth
32GB DDR4-2666 quad-channel memory (4 x 8GB 2666MHz DIMMs) - 79.5 GB/s peak bandwidth [Add $148.00 USD]
64GB DDR4-2666 quad-channel memory (4 x 16GB 2666MHz DIMMs) - 79.5 GB/s peak bandwidth [Add $296.00 USD]
128GB DDR4-2666 quad-channel memory (8 x 16GB 2666MHz DIMMs) - 79.5 GB/s peak bandwidth [Add $698.00 USD]
128GB DDR4-2666 quad-channel memory (4 x 32GB 2666MHz DIMMs) - leaves 4 memory slots open for expansion [Add $784.00 USD]
256GB DDR4-2666 quad-channel memory (8 x 32GB 2666MHz DIMMs) - 79.5 GB/s peak bandwidth [Add $1,672.00 USD]
Faster DDR4-2933 memory
32GB DDR4-2933 quad-channel memory (4 x 8GB 2933MHz DIMMs) - 87.4 GB/s peak bandwidth [Add $164.00 USD]
64GB DDR4-2933 quad-channel memory (4 x 16GB 2933MHz DIMMs) - 87.4 GB/s peak bandwidth [Add $356.00 USD]
128GB DDR4-2933 quad-channel memory (8 x 16GB 2933MHz DIMMs) - 87.4 GB/s peak bandwidth [Add $832.00 USD]
 Learn more about memory options
Memory options
  • Minimum 32GB memory recommended for faster bandwidth and adequate capacity
  • Quad-channel memory architecture enables much faster memory bandwidth than standard dual-channel memory used by mainstream systems
  • 8 × memory DIMM slots enable future expansion up to 256GB memory
Primary System Drive: Solid State Drive

Primary System Drive (SSD)
250GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 3500 MB/s read, 2300 MB/s write, 250K/550K IOPS, 5-year warranty
Upgrade to 500GB-class SSD for more capacity or faster performance
500GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 3500 MB/s read, 3200 MB/s write, 480K/550K IOPS, 5-year warranty [Add $75.00 USD]
512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 PRO, fastest random read and highest write endurance of flash SSDs; 5-year warranty [Add $135.00 USD]
480GB NVMe PCIe U.2 SSD: Intel Optane 905P, industry-fastest SSD, 7X-10X faster than flash SSDs for random read (4K QD1-QD4) [Add $749.00 USD]
Upgrade to 1TB-class SSD for more capacity or faster performance
1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 3400+ MB/s read, 2900+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, 5-year warranty [Add $175.00 USD]
1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 3500 MB/s read, 3300 MB/s write, 600K/550K IOPS, 5-year warranty [Add $249.00 USD]
1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 PRO, fastest random read and highest write endurance of flash SSDs; 5-year warranty [Add $399.00 USD]
960GB NVMe PCIe U.2 SSD: Intel Optane 905P, industry-fastest SSD, 7X-10X faster than flash SSDs for random read (4K QD1-QD4) [Add $1,699.00 USD]
Upgrade to 2TB-class SSD for more capacity
2TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 3400+ MB/s read, 2700+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, 5-year warranty [Add $235.00 USD]
2TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 3500 MB/s read, 3300 MB/s write, 620K/560K IOPS, 5-year warranty [Add $635.00 USD]
  • IOPS = I/O Operations Per Second for reads and writes, respectively. 180K/240K IOPS = 180K IOPS random 4K read, 240K IOPS 4K random write.
  • Tip: Consider 280GB or 480GB ultra-fast Optane SSD as boot drive (OS + programs) in tandem with more affordable secondary SSD (below) for file storage
Secondary Internal SSD Storage

Fast NVMe SSD Secondary Storage
No secondary NVMe SSD
1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 3400+ MB/s read, 2900+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, 5-year warranty [Add $199.00 USD]
1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 3500 MB/s read, 3300 MB/s write, 600K/550K IOPS, 5-year warranty [Add $349.00 USD]
2TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 3400+ MB/s read, 2700+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, 5-year warranty [Add $349.00 USD]
2TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 3500 MB/s read, 3300 MB/s write, 620K/560K IOPS, 5-year warranty [Add $699.00 USD]
  • IOPS = I/O Operations Per Second for reads and writes, respectively. 180K/240K IOPS = 180K IOPS random 4K read, 240K IOPS 4K random write.

Windows Personal Folders Location
Default location (Windows system drive)
Move Windows media libraries (Downloads, Pictures, Videos, Music) to secondary SSD - requires secondary SSD
Move Documents library and media libraries (Downloads, Pictures, Videos, Music) to secondary SSD - requires secondary SSD
Move only Documents library to secondary SSD - requires secondary SSD
Secondary Internal Hard Drive

Secondary / Media Storage Hard Drive

Windows Media Folders Location
Move Windows media libraries (Downloads, Pictures, Videos, Music) to secondary hard drive - requires secondary hard drive
Backup & Recovery: Internal Bootable Backup Drive

Bootable Backup Drive: Ultra-Fast NVMe SSD
None
256GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 1050+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, configured for automatic daily backup of primary SSD [Add $99.00 USD]
512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 2000+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, configured for automatic daily backup of primary SSD [Add $149.00 USD]
1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 2900+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, configured for automatic daily backup of primary SSD [Add $225.00 USD]
2TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: 2700+ MB/s write, 3D TLC NAND flash memory, configured for automatic daily backup of primary SSD [Add $385.00 USD]

Bootable Backup Drive: Large SATA SSD
None
3.84TB internal SATA SSD: Seagate Nytro enterprise 3D TLC, 536 MB/s, 45K IOPS, 1 DWPD, 5yr warranty, automatic daily backup [Add $699.00 USD]

Bootable Backup Drive: Low-Cost, High-Capacity Hard Drive

Backup Frequency
Daily at end of day (single cycle). Configurable schedule. Requires backup drive >= capacity of source drive(s).
Daily backup + monthly archival backup. Requires backup drive with at least 2X capacity of source drive(s). [Add $25.00 USD]
Daily backup + weekly archival backup. Requires backup drive with at least 2X capacity of source drive(s). [Add $25.00 USD]
 Learn more about backup frequency options and benefits
Backup Frequency Options and Benefits
  • A daily backup schedule is standard, with the goal of minimizing data loss and recovery time in the event of a drive failure or system corruption.
  • However, daily backups can inadvertently duplicate system problems. Archival backups can be a lifesaver if your system gets corrupted (such as from malware, random file corruption, accidental file deletions or even a Windows Update) and then the corrupted system drive is backed up at end of day before the problem is discovered or resolved.
  • An archival backup enables you to boot your system in its exact state as it was at an earlier date, which could be as much as a month prior. For monthly archival backups, the median last backup is 15 days prior, which should be plenty of time to spot problems before the previous backup is overwritten.
  • We recommend a monthly interval for the archival backup. However, we also offer weekly archival backup as an alternative.
Optical Drive, Front Bay & USB Expansion

Optical Drive
No optical drive
Internal 24X DVD±RW DL / CD-RW burner (not for RC micro-tower case) [Add $25.00 USD]
External ultra-slim USB 2.0 8X DVD±RW DL / CD-RW burner with detachable Mini USB to USB cable (for RC micro-tower) [Add $35.00 USD]
Internal LG BD-R DL / Blu-ray rewriter / DVD±RW / CD-RW drive + BD-R system recovery disc (not for RC micro-tower) [Add $75.00 USD]
 Learn more about BD-R drive and recovery disc features

Internal Memory Card Reader
No memory card reader
Front bay memory card reader w/USB2 port: SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC, Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, M2, XD, CF/CF II, MS [Add $35.00 USD]
  • Cannot be combined with internal optical drive in R6 case; not available with RC case.
  • Memory card reader supports flash memory cards used in digital cameras and mobile phones. Up to 2TB capacity (SDXC).
Graphics Cards

Graphics Cards
2 x NVIDIA Quadro P400 2GB pro graphics cards: 6 Mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 6 DisplayPort adapters, HDMI/DVI optional
2 x NVIDIA Quadro P620 2GB pro graphics cards: 8 Mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 8 DisplayPort adapters, HDMI/DVI optional [Add $164.00 USD]
2 x NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB pro graphics cards: 8 Mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 8 DisplayPort adapters, HDMI/DVI optional [Add $582.00 USD]
2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB graphics cards: 6 DisplayPort 1.4a, 2 HDMI 2.0b (8 total ports) [Add $318.00 USD]
Graphics Card Cables & Adapters

Preferred Monitor Port / Cable Type
Show only DisplayPort
Show only HDMI
Show only DVI
Show DisplayPort and HDMI
Show all / unsure
 

Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter Cables
No Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter cables
6 x 10ft (3m) Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter cables, for Quadro P400/P620/P1000 and Radeon 7750 [Add $96.00 USD]

DisplayPort Cables
No DisplayPort cables
6 x 10ft (3m) DisplayPort to DisplayPort cables (max 4K 3840x2160@60Hz resolution) for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10XX [Add $108.00 USD]

HDMI Adapter Cables
No HDMI adapter cables
6 x 10ft (3m) DisplayPort to HDMI adapter cables, up to 1920x1200 resolution, for GeForce GTX 10 series [Add $108.00 USD]

HDMI Cables
No HDMI cables
2 x 10ft (3m) Certified Premium HDMI cables, 4K 3840x2160@60Hz, 18Gbps HDMI 2.0, GeForce GTX 10 series [Add $20.00 USD]

HDMI Adapters
No HDMI adapters
6 x Mini DisplayPort to HDMI passive adapters, up to 1920x1200 resolution, for Quadro P400~K1200 ONLY [Add $60.00 USD]
6 x Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 active adapters, 3840x2160 4K resolution, for Quadro P400~P1000, Radeon 7750 [Add $186.00 USD]

DVI Adapters
No DVI adapters
6 x Mini DisplayPort to DVI passive adapters, for NVIDIA Quadro P400 / P600 / P1000 / K1200 ONLY [Add $90.00 USD]
Networking

Wired Networking
Gigabit wired Ethernet with Intel controller

Wireless Networking
No wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) or Bluetooth
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (802.11ax) wireless networking, up to 2.4Gb/s + Bluetooth 5; external antenna; PCIe x1 adapter [Add $99.00 USD]
Sound Card

Sound Card
Standard onboard audio; no add-in sound card
Sound Blaster Z sound card: 116dB signal-to-noise ratio, TOSLINK optical in/out, 600-ohm headphone amp, best-of-class clarity [Add $109.00 USD]
ASUS XONAR Essence STX II stereo audiophile card: 124 dB S/N ratio + Headphone amp + S/PDIF combo [Add $325.00 USD]
Power Supply

Power Supply
Seasonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650W ultra-quiet power supply, fully modular connections, 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, 10-year warranty
Corsair RM850x 850W ultra-quiet power supply, fully modular connections, 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, 10-year warranty [Add $60.00 USD]
Seasonic FOCUS Plus Gold 1000W ultra-quiet power supply, fully modular connections, 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, 10-year warranty [Add $99.00 USD]
Customize Your Windows Experience

UltraView Desktop Manager
UltraView Desktop Manager software utilities: Windows Taskbar for each screen, more ($99 value)
No UltraView Desktop Manager software utilities
 Learn more about UltraView Desktop Manager

Customize Your Start Menu
Standard Windows 10 Start menu, with a tiled workspace promoting apps preinstalled by Microsoft
Windows 7-style Start menu, with nested Programs menu and extensive customization options
Popular: Windows 7-style Start menu with XP-style cascading Programs and Apps menus + extensive customization options
 Learn more about Start menu customization
Start Menu Customization

Many people still prefer the Start menu from Windows 7 or even Windows XP over the tiled Start menu introduced with Windows 10. Desktop business users in particular may find the Windows 10 Start menu inefficient to navigate and visually noisy. From your first bootup, the standard Microsoft-imposed tiled interface acts as a set of billboards promoting games and entertainment, which seems out of place on a work computer running Windows 10 Pro. Going forward, Microsoft seeks to monetize your workspace by directing your attention to new tiles that appear on an ongoing basis, making the Windows desktop effectively an advertising vehicle.

Windows 10 is otherwise a great operating system, with many important improvements over Windows 7 and XP. However, you may miss the old Start menu and you may not appreciate Microsoft's monetizing your own workspace.

Now you can combine the superior performance of Windows 10 with a familiar and efficient Start menu that you prefer and control.

The standard Windows 10 tiled Start menu remains accessible if ever needed. Meanwhile, you can tailor your new and familiar Start menu to your unique preferences with highly configurable options and skins. You can also permanently revert to the standard Windows 10 Start menu at any time.


  • Clicking "All Programs" (above left) opens a submenu of nested program groups, which open inline to show programs (above right)

  • Clicking "All Programs" (above left) opens a submenu of nested program groups, which open inline to show programs (above right)
Windows 7-style Start menu, with nested Programs menu and extensive customization options

  • Clicking "Programs" or "Apps" (above left) opens a cascading (flyout) submenu showing all program groups or all apps at once, in multiple columns if necessary, with no need to scroll (shown at right). Hovering over any program group opens a submenu of programs. This interface is fastest for navigating a long list of program groups. Also, splitting Apps (mostly Microsoft consumer bloatware) from Programs keeps the Programs menu lean and focused on your own installed applications.

  • Clicking "Programs" or "Apps" (above left) opens a cascading (flyout) submenu showing all program groups or all apps at once, in multiple columns if necessary, with no need to scroll (shown at right). Hovering over any program group opens a submenu of programs. This interface is fastest for navigating a long list of program groups. Also, splitting Apps (mostly Microsoft consumer bloatware) from Programs keeps the Programs menu lean and focused on your own installed applications.
Most popular: Windows 7-style Start menu with XP-style cascading Programs & Apps menus

  • The standard Windows 10 Start menu is visually noisy with Microsoft-imposed billboards promoting games and entertainment. It's also slow to navigate long lists of programs (shown at left).

  • The standard Windows 10 Start menu is visually noisy with Microsoft-imposed billboards promoting games and entertainment. It's also slow to navigate long lists of programs (at left).
Standard Windows 10 Start menu, with consumer-focused games and entertainment tiles promoted by Microsoft, is noisy and out of place on a workstation.

Optimize Windows for Business Use, Privacy, Performance, Stability and Control
Do not optimize Windows for business use, privacy, performance, stability and control
Remove games / consumer apps, enhance privacy, install ad-blockers, boost system resources, take control of Windows Update
 Learn more about Windows optimization
Optimize Windows for Business Use, Privacy, Performance, Stability and Control (New!)

Digital Tigers now offers the option of a customized Windows experience, reflecting what we believe are the priorities of most business users. This optimization is far more important for Windows 10 than for prior Microsoft operating systems.

Optimize for Business Use: Remove Microsoft bloatware (games/consumer apps)

Windows 10 comes with dozens of consumer games and apps that do nothing for business users. We remove Candy Crush Saga, Xbox, Zune Music, Windows Phone, Bing News and much more, while providing a record of what's been uninstalled and how to reinstall any apps you want back. The removals streamline your desktop and Apps / Programs menus and promote a more professional desktop experience.

Privacy: Block Microsoft telemetry, disable Cortana, install ad-blockers, block Start menu ads

By default, Microsoft monitors your configuration and your activity on your computer and sends updates to its servers multiple times an hour, a practice known as telemetry, as part of its product feedback process. This monitoring includes your web browsing history using Microsoft browsers. We block most such monitoring. You can change this preference later if you prefer.

We also disable Cortana, the digital assistant component, reverting the search box to "Search Windows." This removes the conflation of desktop and web search inherent to Cortana, and stops the comprehensive tracking that Cortana conducts and sends to Microsoft (Cortana's Notebook). For Windows 10 Pro, disabling Cortana is handled via Group Policy. For Windows 10 Home, we add a Windows Registry key to disable it. You can reenable Cortana later if you prefer.

We install Chrome and Firefox web browsers, along with Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin ad blockers. The ad blockers improve your web browsing experience while speeding up page-load times and bolstering privacy and security. We set Chrome as the default browser, based on its popularity; you can change this preference.

We install VLC media player and make it the default media player, bypassing the tracking and ads inherent in Windows 10 Movies & TV. You can install any preferred media player and make it your default.

We also turn off Start menu ads ("suggestions," Windows Store apps you never downloaded, appearing as tiles in your Start menu) and targeted ads from third-party apps ("Let my apps use my advertising ID"). You can reverse these settings later if you prefer.

Performance: More system resources, faster browsing, fewer background processes

We change Windows Registry settings to allocate more system resources for graphical, user and desktop objects, doubling the number of application windows and financial trading indicators that can be displayed. These changes reduce the frequency of out-of-memory errors when there is available physical memory, and they reduce the probability that you will be prevented from opening new windows.

We install Chrome and Firefox web browsers, which have faster performance and also enable you to isolate demanding web applications in one browser while you use another browser for general use. Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin speed up web browsing by removing ads, which are often resource-intensive.

We disable the ability of most preinstalled apps to run in the background (Privacy > Background Apps setting), and we turn off non-essential items running at startup.

Blocking Microsoft telemetry and other tracking prevents occasional spikes in CPU, drive and network utilization, avoiding interference with your actual applications.

Stability and Control: Take control of Windows Update

We believe best practice for Windows Update calls for timely security updates and deferred feature updates. Timely security updates are important to protect the system from newly discovered vulnerabilities. Deferred feature updates are important because major new revisions to Windows 10 can cause system instability and application compatibility issues when first released.

Windows 10 Pro (highly recommended) enables us to set Windows feature updates to release on the slower Semi-Annual Channel, and then we use Group Policy to add an extra 180-day delay beyond this slower distribution channel. Without these configuration settings, Windows 10 Pro users would receive updates much closer to their first release. Unfortunately we can do none of these optimizations for Windows 10 Home, and so Windows 10 Home users get new feature updates immediately, with some risk of problems.

We also make changes to Windows to put you in control of when you install updates and when you restart your computer. With Windows 10, Microsoft has become very aggressive with updates, forcing computers to download updates and even forcing system reboots, disregarding alternative customer priorities. There is usually an opportunity to defer a number of hours, but after this modest concession, the system takes control and executes an update and reboot, which normally cannot be stopped. For Windows 10 Pro customers, we make changes to keep you in control of when updates are installed and when you reboot your computer. Certainly security updates are timely and important, but so is control of your time and your workspace, so we give that control back to you.

If you prefer to disable these controls or to get faster Windows feature updates, we can undo these preferences before or after purchase.


Install Avast Free Antivirus
Avast Free Antivirus: highly recommended, free for life, world's #1 most popular security product
No antivirus software
 Learn more about Avast Free Antivirus

  • Digital Tigers will never install any software on your computer for commercial inducement or without clear disclosure,
    a compelling benefit to you, and your consent
Our Pledge: No Junkware / No Monetization
  • Digital Tigers will never install any software on your computer for commercial inducement or without clear disclosure,  a compelling benefit to you, and your consent
  • Digital Tigers will never sell your personal info or monetize anything about you to anyone
Productivity Software

Office Suite
No office suite software
LibreOffice free office suite (open source): includes word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, database, math
Microsoft Office 365 Personal (1-year subscription): Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, OneNote [Add $99.00 USD]
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote [Add $175.00 USD]
Microsoft Office Home and Business 2019: Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote [Add $275.00 USD]
Microsoft Office Professional 2019: Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, OneNote [Add $429.00 USD]
Microsoft Office Standard 2016: Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote [Add $299.00 USD]
Microsoft Office Standard 2010: Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote [Add $299.00 USD]
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Microsoft Office options
  • Purchasing any perpetual license of Office (Office 2019/2016/2010) avoids the recurring annual subscription fees of Office 365.
  • Office 2019 is a minor revision to Office 2016 and is the final perpetual-license version of Office that Microsoft expects to offer. Going forward, Microsoft favors subscriptions (Office 365) over perpetual licenses.
  • Many people prefer the interface of Office 2010 to Office 2016/2019, so we offer all versions.
  • Office 2010 remains popular and is recommended for existing users of Office 2007 and Office 2010. It does not require an online Microsoft Account.
  • Office 2016/2019 requires the creation of an online Microsoft Account during the installation process, or access to an existing Microsoft Account. We leave the installer and product key on the Windows desktop for the user to run and set up or access the required Microsoft Account.
  • Office Standard licenses are issued via Microsoft Open License Program.
  • LibreOffice has overtaken OpenOffice as the most actively developed open-source office suite.
Accessories: Keyboard/Mouse

Keyboard/Mouse
No keyboard/mouse
Wireless keyboard + wireless mouse:
Logitech Wireless Combo MK520: deluxe cordless classic keyboard + ambidextrous mouse; 1-3yr AA life [Add $50.00 USD]
Deluxe wireless desktop: Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 + M705 mouse w/thumb buttons, fast scrolling [Add $99.00 USD]
Wired keyboard + wired mouse:
Upgraded wired desktop: Logitech K120 keyboard + M500 laser mouse with thumb buttons, hyper-fast scrolling [Add $49.00 USD]
Deluxe wired desktop: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K740 + M500 laser mouse w/thumb buttons, hyper-fast scrolling [Add $99.00 USD]
  • 57% of Stratosphere customers add a Logitech keyboard/mouse
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Accessories: Speakers / Volume Control

Speakers
No speakers
Dual Sonic USB-powered compact stereo speakers; 2.9in high, fits under monitor; volume control; new low price! [Add $25.00 USD]
Creative Pebble (black) USB-powered stereo speakers; 4.5in high, volume control [Add $40.00 USD]
Bose Companion 2 Series III premium stereo speakers; compact 3.1in width; executive style; AC power; #1 customer choice [Add $99.00 USD]
  • Free USA shipping for all speakers (48 states). AC-powered speakers for U.S. sale only. 1-year warranty by manufacturer.
Power Protection, Warranty & Support

Surge Suppressor, Battery Backup (UPS)
3780-joule surge suppressor, 12 outlets, 8ft / 2.4m USA/Canada power cable
CyberPower 1000VA UPS (CP1000AVRLCD): UPS + AVR boost/trim, LCD status, silent [Add $99.00 USD]
CyberPower 1500VA UPS (CP1500AVRLCD): UPS + AVR boost/trim, LCD status, silent [Add $149.00 USD]
No power / system protection (customers outside USA/Canada only) [Subtract $-15.00 USD]
  • Certified power protection is REQUIRED for USA/Canada warranty. Customers elsewhere should remove this option.
  • 1000VA UPS is rated to support the computer and 1 primary monitor up to 24" size for 5-15 minutes run time.
  • UPS products include 3-year warranty. Warranty / service / support direct by manufacturer.

Warranty
3-year parts/labor international warranty
4-year parts/labor USA warranty; excludes liquid CPU cooler; requires CyberPower or APC 1000VA UPS battery backup [Add $99.00 USD]
5-year parts/labor USA warranty; excludes liquid CPU cooler; requires CyberPower or APC 1000VA UPS battery backup [Add $199.00 USD]
  • Optional UPS battery backup extends the life of systems and is required for extended warranties
  • See affordable CyberPower 1000VA option above under Surge Suppressor, Battery Backup (UPS)

Support
LIFETIME Expert Telephone / Email Support with Remote Diagnostics, On-Demand Remote Control
  • Support hours are Mon - Fri, 9am - 7pm ET USA (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
  • Toll-free 800 telephone support number in USA
  • Free support excludes virus / malware removal (fee-based support)

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Price: $2,735.00 USD
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This product:  Stratosphere Evolution X6
Base price:  $2,735.00 USD
Standard features:  Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Case Type: Silent compact tower (RC): optimal airflow / noise damping, 31% smaller than R6, no DVD, 2 front USB, quiet fans
Case Side Window: No side window
Case Fans: Standard R6 case fans: 2 front 140mm intake, 1 rear 140mm exhaust; ultra-quiet Fractal Design GP-14
Processor (CPU): New! Intel Core i9-10900X: 10 cores / 20 threads, 3.7 - 4.7 GHz, 48 PCIe lanes - EXTENDED LEAD TIME
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D9L premium-grade dual-tower CPU cooler with quiet (23 dBA) 92mm fan; certified for CPUs up to 165W TDP
Memory Options: 16GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel memory (2 x 8GB 2666MHz DIMMs) - 39.7 GB/s peak bandwidth
Primary System Drive (SSD): 250GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 3500 MB/s read, 2300 MB/s write, 250K/550K IOPS, 5-year warranty
Fast NVMe SSD Secondary Storage: No secondary NVMe SSD
Windows Personal Folders Location: Default location (Windows system drive)
Bootable Backup Drive: Ultra-Fast NVMe SSD: None
Bootable Backup Drive: Large SATA SSD: None
Backup Frequency: Daily at end of day (single cycle). Configurable schedule. Requires backup drive >= capacity of source drive(s).
Optical Drive: No optical drive
Internal Memory Card Reader: No memory card reader
Graphics Cards: 2 x NVIDIA Quadro P400 2GB pro graphics cards: 6 Mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 6 DisplayPort adapters, HDMI/DVI optional
Preferred Monitor Port / Cable Type: Show only DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter Cables: No Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter cables
DisplayPort Cables: No DisplayPort cables
HDMI Adapter Cables: No HDMI adapter cables
HDMI Cables: No HDMI cables
HDMI Adapters: No HDMI adapters
DVI Adapters: No DVI adapters
Wired Networking: Gigabit wired Ethernet with Intel controller
Wireless Networking: No wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) or Bluetooth
Sound Card: Standard onboard audio; no add-in sound card
Power Supply: Seasonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650W ultra-quiet power supply, fully modular connections, 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, 10-year warranty
UltraView Desktop Manager: UltraView Desktop Manager software utilities: Windows Taskbar for each screen, more ($99 value)
Customize Your Start Menu: Standard Windows 10 Start menu, with a tiled workspace promoting apps preinstalled by Microsoft
Optimize Windows for Business Use, Privacy, Performance, Stability and Control: Do not optimize Windows for business use, privacy, performance, stability and control
Install Avast Free Antivirus: Avast Free Antivirus: highly recommended, free for life, world's #1 most popular security product
Office Suite: No office suite software
Keyboard/Mouse: No keyboard/mouse
Speakers: No speakers
Surge Suppressor, Battery Backup (UPS): 3780-joule surge suppressor, 12 outlets, 8ft / 2.4m USA/Canada power cable
Warranty: 3-year parts/labor international warranty
Support: LIFETIME Expert Telephone / Email Support with Remote Diagnostics, On-Demand Remote Control
 


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