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Aria Gladiator Proteus 550 review

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Price when reviewed : £550
inc VAT

Aria's choice of an AMD processor means it can add some interesting extras, but performance suffers, power drain is excessive, and the Edge10 monitor is disappointing


3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, 4GB RAM, 24in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Aria’s Gladiator Proteus 550 is fitted with an AMD processor rather than an Intel model. Since AMD chips tend to be cheaper, this explains how the Proteus also manages to pack a 24in monitor, a 1TB hard disk and a Blu-ray drive for this price. Aria has also taken the unusual step of fitting a Wi-Fi card into the single PCI-E x1 slot, and it’s also unusual at this price in having a memory card reader.

Aria Gladiator Proteus 550

Aria’s taste for the unusual starts with a generous 24in widescreen monitor from Edge10, a British company whose monitors we’ve been impressed with before. The M240 doesn’t have LED backlighting; the CCFL backlight is dull and has a strong blue cast to it which makes images seem colder than they should be. Controls are crude and fiddly and, as there’s no DVI cable in the box, you have to connect it via analogue VGA.

Aria Gladiator Proteus 550 Back

The Proteus 550’s Cooler Master case looks smart and is bristling with extras. On the front panel is a memory card reader that has slots for most cards, plus an extra USB port. The rear panel has the widest variety of ports that we’ve seen for a while, with four USB2 and two USB3 ports, plus single eSATA and FireWire ports. There’s 7.1 analogue outputs and an optical S/PDIF output.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Processor external bus 200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x16
Processor clock speed 3.2GHz
Processor socket AM3
Memory 4
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H
Motherboard chipset AMD 880G + AMD SB850


USB2 ports (front/rear) 3/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n

Internal Expansion

Case tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (2)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (ST31000524AS)
Interface SATA3
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) AMD Radeon HD 4250
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, HDMI


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD, M2, microSD, CF/MD
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM


Viewable size 24 in
Screen model Edge10 M240
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs VGA, DVI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech MK250
Mouse Logitech M-R0011


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £550

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