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Aria Gladiator Inspire 3670K review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £523
inc VAT

It has plenty of extras, such as Wi-Fi and a Blu-ray drive, but it suffers from poor Windows performance


2.7GHz AMD A6-3670, 8GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Aria’s Gladiator Inspire 3670K is based on AMD’s new Vision platform, and it includes a 2.7GHz quad-core AMD A6-3670 CPU with an integrated Radeon HD 6530D graphics chip. That’s backed up by 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk. A Blu-ray drive, a card reader and a wireless card are also included, and there’s even a free Microsoft keyboard thrown in for good measure.

Aria Gladiator Inspire 3670K

It arrived in a smart 36cm tall Cooler Master case that’s slightly shorter than most tower cases (most towers are about 42cm tall) and, as a result, Aria has used a microATX motherboard. This means fewer expansion slots are available, with the motherboard having one PCI slot, one PCI-E x1 slot and two PCI-E x16 slots. The single PCI-E x1 slot is already taken up by an Atheros wireless card, however.

There’s also only one free 5.25in drive bay, along with four free 3.5in bays for hard disks. The Gladiator Inspire 3670K has four free SATA3 headers, but they face towards the front of the case and are tucked behind the side of the drive bay enclosure, which means you’ll need to open the other side of the case to attach new disks.

Considering its integrated graphics and free PCI-E x16 slots, you’d think the Gladiator Inspire 3670K is ideal for a graphics card upgrade, but there are a couple of problems with this plan. First of all, you’d have to use the top PCI-E x16 slot because the bottom one doesn’t have enough room below it for today’s double-width cards. Similarly, you’ll have to get rid of the wireless card if you want to fit a graphics card in the top slot.

Aria Gladiator Inspire 3670K

The next consideration is the size of your GPU. There’s only about 22cm between the back of the case and the protruding hard disk, and this limits your choice of graphics card. Top-end cards such as the 29cm-long AMD Radeon HD 7970 are much longer, although a decent mid-range card such as the AMD Radeon HD 5770 (19cm long) would be ideal. It is, however, possible to gain an extra 4cm if you move the disk.

You need to make this choice if you want to play games because the integrated chip isn’t powerful enough to play most games. It could hardly run our Crysis 2 benchmarks, crawling to a 6.5fps result. It only got 13fps in Dirt 3, and even with AA turned off and settings reduced to Medium it only managed 26.3fps. The only advantage is that the integrated chip supports AMD’s CrossFireX, so it’ll be able to provide a small boost to a dedicated AMD card.

The CPU isn’t that much better, either. It managed an Overall result of only 62, so it’s about as fast as a high-end laptop. That’s fine if you just want to run Office applications, but multimedia editing software such as Photoshop will struggle with large files or complex operations.

Aria Gladiator Inspire 3670K

Conveniently, the Gladiator Inspire 3670K has some components not seen on budget PCs. Its Blu-ray drive lets you watch full-HD movies, and its integrated card reader not only accepts a wide variety of card formats, it also includes an extra USB3 port to complement the two on the rear of the case. We’re not sure why it has a Wi-Fi card, however; most desktop PC users make do with a wired connection.

Sadly, the inclusion of a card reader, Wi-Fi card and Blu-ray drive don’t make up for the poor Windows performance and lack of a dedicated graphics card, and there’s not a lot of room for expansion either. This is a PC for people who are into films and general computing rather than gaming. A good alternative to consider is the PC Specialist Enigma HD.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD A6-3670
Processor external bus 100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x27
Processor clock speed 2.7GHz
Processor socket FM1
Memory 8
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 64GB
Motherboard Asustek F1A75-M
Motherboard chipset AMD A75


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

Internal Expansion

Case tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (2)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST500DM002)
Interface SATA3
Total storage capacity 500GB


Graphics card(s) AMD Radeon HD 6530D
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, HDMI


Sound 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


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard Microsoft Comfort Curve Desktop 2000 (free)
Mouse N/A


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

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £523

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