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Rain Computers Inc. Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer

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Rain Computers Inc. Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer

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Product Highlights

  • 3.06 GHz Westmere Xeon Quad-Core
  • 6GB Triple-Ch RAM / Upgradeable to 24GB
  • 500GB SATA III Hard Drive
  • 1GB Quadro 600 Graphics Card
  • Aluminum Keyboard
  • Sophisticated Cooling System
  • PCI / USB / eSATA / RJ-45 FireWire
  • Windows 7 Tuned for Audio and Video
  • Custom BIOS Tuned at Deepest Level
  • Phone / Help Desk / Remote Login Support
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The Rain Computers Inc. Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer is built for ultimate performance with any and all of your video, audio, and photo editing applications, having been tested with Premiere CS6, Avid Media Composer, Nuendo and more, built not merely with the best hardware components but with components that combine to maximum effect with one another to make up a full-proof and a most powerful system. Completing the absoluteness is a Windows 7 specially fine-tuned across all settings for audio and video production.

Featuring a 3.06 GHz quad-core processor, 6 GB of triple-channel RAM, a 1GB Quadro 600 graphics accelerator card, most all the inputs and outputs you could need for your workflow, and housed in a steel-like SECC-constructed body the inside of which the hardware shares with a sophisticated cooling scheme, Stratus V2 will be a high-quality home for your collection of editing suites.

Rain Computers is very tech-support-oriented, providing along with a one year warranty tech support available to you by phone, by RainCare Help Desk, and by Remote Login. And you have the option of extending your warranty along with tech support to a full 3 years to keep your Stratus V2 a precision instrument at all times.

Massive power and breathtaking performance for your kind of creativity.

A Symphony of Electrons in Perfect Harmony
Stratus V2 will never let you down. It will never give up. Engineering perfection and advanced technology come together in a crescendo of creative computing brilliance. Inside this beautiful body is a component set designed to obliterate the barriers between you and your inspiration.

Intel "Westmere" Xeon
The future of processing is here in 4 cores.

High Performance Hard Drives
Drop-outs and glitches are a thing of the past. Stream your media up to 3 gigabits per second from a SATA III mechanical drive.

nVIDIA Quadro 600
Your Stratus V2 comes with nVIDIA's Quadro 600 workstation-class graphics processor designed for stunning visuals across multiple monitors.

Up to 24GB of Triple-Channel Memory
Stratus V2 features 6GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 triple-channel RAM and packs up to a total of 24GB.
Made for visual production with room for more drives and expansion cards.

Easy Access to Your I/O
We know you're going to plug in a lot of stuff so Stratus V2 includes some convenient ports on the front like Super Speed USB 3.0 and eSATA for high speed streaming to your external hard drives and devices.

Hot-Swap Drive Bays
Leave the screwdrivers at home. You don't need a degree in engineering to upgrade your Stratus V2. Just slide a new hard drive into any empty hot-swap hard drive bay, close the door and get back in the creative zone. It's the easiest way to add more high speed storage.

Expansion Made Simple
When it's time to expand you'll be glad to know Stratus V2 is set up for additional graphics processors, capture cards and audio interfaces. We made sure you have enough room, power and cooling for your expansion cards so you can decide what you need without wondering if it will fit.

Would You Like Water with That?
If you want a cooling solution that goes to eleven but remains virtually silent, your Stratus V2 will support a separately-sold liquid cooling system that uses good old H2O to get heat away from vital components more efficiently than ever -- and quieter than ever too.

Quiet Cool Design
You want to hear your audio, not your computer. Quiet Cool Design comes to the rescue with large diameter fans, balanced component architecture, optional liquid cooling and an intelligent cooling system to keep things running perfectly no matter how hard you push your system.
Plug it in and watch it go. Compatible with all your third party hardware.

Engineered to Work with... Everything
With USB 3.0 and eSATA 3.0 ports, you can stream media from your external drive at up to 3 gigabits per second. There's also FireWire for your cameras and audio devices, USB 2.0 for peripherals and six high-bandwidth PCI Express 2.0 slots for video capture and SLI.

Room (and Power) for Full Length Expansion Cards
You know the problem with little computers? You can't fit anything in them. Stratus V2 has room for your full sized expansion cards. Whether its nVIDIA, Matrox or Blackmagic, you know it's tested and certified for use with Stratus V2. You've got enough energy from the power supply, enough performance from the core system and enough power to change the world.

Get Ready for Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine
If you're using Adobe Premiere CS6, you already know the power of Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine. But to access all those features, you'll need a great graphics accelerator. No problem. Your Stratus V2 comes with a 1GB Quadro 600, so install Adobe Premiere and you're ready to go.

The Rain Aluminum Keyboard
The new Rain Aluminum Keyboard features graceful curves carved from aluminum, dedicated one-touch keys, and a numeric keypad for transport controls and memory points.

PCI Express Expansion
Six high-bandwidth PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots means you've got all the space you need to grow and grow. Add in your video capture, audio or fiber channel expansion cards and you're ready to go. There's even a PCI slot for your legacy cards like the UAD-1 and the original Pro Tools HD.

USB 2.0 and 3.0
The next generation of high speed data streaming has arrived. Plug in your USB 3.0 external hard drive and stream your audio, video and graphics at breathtaking speeds up to 4.8 gigabits per second. And for your keyboard, mouse and USB coffee warmer, you've got USB 2.0 ports too.

Back it up with eSATA 3.0
Back up your all-important session files at breakneck speed to save some time. Using the same Serial ATA technology as your internal drives, Stratus V2's eSATA ports offer high speed streaming at up to 3 gigabits per second with more throughput and less drag on the processor.

FireWire Made for Audio and Video
To guaranty compatibility with your audio interface, DV cam and other gear, Stratus V2 delivers FireWire connectivity via the industry-standard TI Chipset. Smooth operation with the drivers that make your gear go is the name of the game.

A Power Supply That's Good for the Earth
Stratus V2 gets its juice from a power supply by Corsair that's up to 500 watts and that's virtually silent and 80 Plus Certified for high efficiency. It also means you've got tons of power for extra drives, expansion cards and memory.

Burn CDs and DVDs and Blu-Ray
There's something about holding that disc in your hand that makes a project feel complete. Whether it's Dual Layer CD, DVD or the optional Blu-Ray, you've got SATA II performance and a large buffer to prevent failed burns. Feel free to add another drive or two for disc-to-disc transfers.

High-Speed Gigabit Ethernet
Pop an Ethernet cable into the industry-standard RJ-45 port and get connected with gigabit speed. Once you're hooked up, just a flick of the wrist pulls down all the data you need from the web or network attached storage. Optional WiFi does the same trick.
This is how your software was meant to run. Get every ounce of performance without glitches or crashing. The result is pure creative freedom. Imagine breathtaking video, crystal clear audio and an infinite canvas for your creativity.

More Performance from Your Software
There's a fine line between "compatible" and "mind-blowing-performance." Your audio and video software is compatible with most computers. But there's nothing like a dedicated, workstation-class Stratus V2 to push the boundaries, giving you the right tools to bring your music to life.

Introducing RainZone Internet Safe Zone
Having two computers isn't always practical. But we also understand that when it comes to your Rain computer, you want to keep everything safe and sound. RainZone is a virtual computer you can use to surf and download without infecting your Stratus V2. Just click the RainZone icon on your desktop and a virtual computer comes to life. Email, surf, download and chat without worrying about viruses and malware. If RainZone gets a virus just shut down RainZone and that "computer" doesn't exist anymore -- so neither does the virus!

Windows 7, Tuned by Rain
Squeeze every drop of performance out of your creative software. By carefully tuning the operating system for audio and video production, we've created a Windows 7 that's stable, compatible and perfectly suited for the software you use to make audio and video.

Stability You Can Rely On
Rain users know there's really no good time to crash. That's especially true in the middle of a show or during a recording session. Stability is key and Stratus V2 has got it in spades with a specially tuned version of Windows 7 designed to make sure you can stay in the creative zone.

Compatible with Everything
There's a difference between compatible and "compatible." The second one means it technically works with your operating system but who knows how well. There's no need to wonder with Stratus V2 and Windows 7. Install your software and see how it was really meant to work.

Custom BIOS
Using a custom BIOS makes a big difference in the performance of Stratus V2. By carefully tuning your system at the very deepest level, we're able to seek out more power and ensure a more stable and compatible environment. Add your software and hardware. You'll feel the difference.
RainCare is technical support and hardware warranty protection designed to keep your Rain running like the finely tuned instrument it is.

World-Class Tech Support
Whenever you have questions, we're here. On the phone, through the RainCare Help Desk or with RainCare Remote Login Support, we got your back so you can get back to work.

Protection for Your Hardware
Your Rain includes a complimentary one year hardware warranty designed to protect your investment. And you can extend your warranty and tech support to a full 3 years from the original date of your computer's purchase for some extra peace of mind.

RainCare Remote Login Support
Remember the old days when you used to have to put your computer in a box and ship it somewhere to get it fixed? With RainCare Remote, you can invite a RainCare Technician to log in to your computer in the comfort of your own studio. Once the problem is solved, we log out and you get back into the creative zone.

RainCare Help Desk
When questions come up, you want a fast resolution. Contact the new RainCare Help Desk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you're on your way back to the creative zone. Just a hit a button and we'll put you in contact with a knowledgeable and friendly RainCare Technician so you can get the answers you need.

Recover Faster with RainCare Restore
Another problem with the old days: reinstalling your operating system and starting from scratch. Yeah, no more of that either. If you need to get back to where you were, just use the included recovery image to bring your Rain back to the way it was when it first arrived. You can even update the image to include all your creative software and hardware.
Introducing Rain Ensemble Plug & Play Service
Sure, you can do the technical stuff. But wouldn't you rather get down to making music and movies? Even if there's nothing wrong with your Rain computer, you can book an Ensemble Plug & Play session for help with your software, hardware, installation and tune-ups. Your Rain computer includes a free session. Rain Ensemble Plug & Play Service is the fastest way to go from opening the box to opening a whole new world of creativity.

What Rain Can Do During Your Ensemble Plug & Play Session:
  • Log into your computer remotely to diagnose and solve issues
  • Install, setup and test your creative hardware and software
  • Expertly tune your complete system for the best performance
  • Create a custom recovery solution and disk image for your complete setup
  • And lots of other things. Just ask!
Processor 3.06 GHz Intel "Westmere" Xeon Quad-Core (8MB Cache)
Memory 6GB 1333 MHz DDR3 triple-channel SDRAM by Corsair
Total memory: six slots for up to 24GB
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA III high performance drive
Storage Three hard drive bays for up to 6TB (RAID 0, 1, 5)
Optical Drive StormDrive Dual Layer CD/DVD Writer
USB 6x USB 2.0 ports (480 Mb/s)
4x USB 3.0 ports (4.8 Gb/s)
FireWire 2x FireWire 400 ports (TI chipset)
eSATA 2x eSATA port (3 Gb/s)
Media 7-in-1 media card reader
Graphics nVIDIA Quadro 600 (1GB)
Video Out 1x DVI, 1x VGA
PCI-Express PCI-Express 2.0: 4x PCIe (x16), 2x PCIe (x1)
PCI 1x PCI slot
LAN Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Audio 7.1 channel high definition audio
Audio Out Center / Sub / Rear / Side / Line Out / Line In / Mic
SPDIF 1x Coaxial S/PDIF out, 1x Optical S/PDIF out
Input Rain aluminum USB keyboard and optical mouse
PSU 500 watt silent power supply (80 Plus Certified)
Quiet Cool Design Intelligent cooling, SECC construction, balanced component architecture
Software Windows 7, 64-bit, tuned for video and audio production
Windows 8-ready
Custom high-performance BIOS
RainZone Internet Safe Zone
RainCare Restore Recovery and Backup Solution
Dimensions 7.2 x 14.2 x 15.4" (18.2 x 36 x 39 cm)
Weight 24 lbs (10.9 kg)
Rain Computers Inc. Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer
  • Rain Aluminum USB Keyboard and Optical Mouse
  • Universal Shielded Power Cable
  • Stratus V2 Quick Start Guide
  • RainCare Recovery Software
  • 1-Year RainCare Warranty and Technical Support
  • Rain Ensemble Plug & Play Session

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    Rain Computers Inc.Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Fast (3)
    • Good power output (3)


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        All you need to start a business!

        By Sean Kelly

        from Taos, NM

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer


        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Powerful


          Best Uses

            Comments about Rain Computers Inc. Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer:

            I own a photography and video studio and bought this workstation to edit portraits and wedding videos. It has all the software you need already installed, and all the right hardware to keep up with the demands of HD video editing. After all, it is built by a company that specializes in computers for audio and video production!
            The descripiton said it would take 7-10 business days to install the software before shipping, but it was at my doorstep less than a week after ordering it! I called B&H to register it, and found out they already took care of that for me, too!
            The only thing I would recommend is installing more RAM in it.

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            Monster Machine

            By DMarro

            from Williamstown, NJ

            About Me Value Oriented

            Verified Buyer


            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast
            • Powerful
            • Survived Delivery Damage


            • Was Dented On Delivery

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rain Computers Inc. Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer:

              I do video editing - I use an mackie onyx interface and canon xha1 camera - both units require fire wire (which I prefer over usb, however seems to growing extinct on most PCs - thats a whole other story)I received the unit from B&H - it was damaged with a huge dent on the top that revealed the inside components of the drive. I needed to get back to work - asap, and did not have time for an exchange (for the record B&H offered to do an exchange - I declined for a discount instead)The machine works like a monster. I have installed protools, and the Adobe Creative Suite. It runs like a charm. Though with all the power of the computer, I did still get a "High PC usage" at one point, but this was due to some serious high end workload I was dealing with.Overall, I have been really pleased with it. I opened up the panels to get a look at the inside, and check for any damage - it unit was fine and very attractive - it should have a clear case instead ;)

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              • Business

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              Works as Advertised!

              By Pikeclr

              from Detroit, MI

              About Me Value Oriented

              Verified Buyer


              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Powerful


                Best Uses

                • HD Video Editing
                • Photo Editing

                Comments about Rain Computers Inc. Stratus V2 Video Editing Computer:

                I use this computer to edit HD video (Adobe Premiere CS6 ) and to edit still photos in Photoshop.While "works as advertised" does not seem like a resounding endorsement, it is in fact.As a videographer engaged in documentary long form projects, I don't miss freezes, waiting for rendering or any of the many time consuming delays associated with PC based edit systems. I did experience some startup bugs which were speedily solved with the help of Rain Support!I would reccommend this computer to professional editors and photographers.

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                • Business

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