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Aria Gladiator Inferno review

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Price when reviewed : £1600
inc VAT

The Gladiator Inferno is built with top-notch components, but it’s expensive


4.7GHz AMD FX-9590, 16GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 8.1

We’ve seen a lot of adventurous PC cases, but the £1,600 Aria Gladiator Inferno looks particularly impressive. The wide, heavily ventilated Corsair Carbide Air 540 case looks like an industrial mini-freezer, an impression aided by its large, clear side panel. There’s not much to protect the PC’s innards from dust and fluff, but we were pleased that the Gladiator Inferno runs with just a low, rushing hum when the side panels are on. This is largely thanks to some quiet case fans and a water-cooled processor.

Aria Gladiator Inferno

Unusually, both side panels conceal something useful. The case is split into two bays, with the left-hand bay housing the motherboard and two 3 1/2in drive bays. The right-hand bay of the case contains two externally facing vertical 5 1/4in bays and a bank of four 2 1/2in drive bays, as well as an 850W power supply. On the front panel, alongside the vertically mounted DVD-RW drive, there are two USB3 ports, as well as microphone and headphone jacks.

There’s lots more connectivity at the back of the case thanks to the Gladiator Inferno’s Asus Sabretooth 990FX R2.0 motherboard. The board has two eSATA3 ports and four USB3 ports on the backplane, as well as another eight USB2 ports. Conveniently, you can use one of the USB ports to update your BIOS easily from a USB flash drive. There’s also a Gigabit Ethernet port, a PS/2 port, six 3.5mm audio ports for up to 7.1 analogue surround sound and an optical S/PDIF digital audio output.

Aria Gladiator Inferno

The motherboard’s internal features are impressive, too. There are four PCI-E x16 slots, three of which change speed depending on how you have them populated. Populate two of the slots, and they’ll both run at x16; populate all three slots and the topmost slot will operate at x16 while the other two step down to x8. The fourth x16 slot actually runs at x4. The motherboard also provides a legacy PCI slot for connection port and TV tuner cards, and a PCI-E x1 slot, although the x1 slot’s position means it’ll be obscured by a dual slot graphics card.

Aria Gladiator Inferno

The motherboard provides eight SATA3 ports, of which three are in use, with one used for the 250GB SSD on which Windows is installed, one for a 1TB data disk and the third for the DVD-RW drive. Two of the motherboard’s four memory slots hold 8GB modules of 1,866MHz performance memory, while the processor is an eight-core AMD FX-9590 running at its native 4.7GHz. The PC scored 97 overall in our multimedia benchmarks, and although we’ve seen faster scores from some of the most powerful Intel processors the extra cores of the AMD FX-9590 are worth having if you run software optimised to use them.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD FX-9590
Processor external bus 100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x47
Processor clock speed 4.7GHz
Processor socket AM3+
Memory 16
Memory type PC3-14900
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus Sabretooth 990FX R2.0
Motherboard chipset AMD 990FX


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/12
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/2
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 4 (3)
Free Serial ATA ports 5
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 1

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung 840 EVO 250GB + Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003-9YN162
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) 3GB AMD Radeon R9 280X
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, headphone, microphone
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard N/A
Mouse N/A


Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option restore partition

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £1,600

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