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Gladiator Computers Studio review

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Price when reviewed : £420
inc VAT

Get this system during its six-week introductory offer period to net yourself a real bargain


3.9GHz AMD A8-6600K, 8GB RAM, 21.5in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8.1

The Gladiator Computers Studio is a simple budget PC system with a great-looking case and a 3.9GHz AMD A8-6600K processor. The latter is from AMD’s previous “Richland” generation, so would seem an odd choice given that AMD has recently released its latest A10 Kaveri processors, but we found that there’s not much to choose between this processor and the new Kaveri A10-7700K when it comes to our 2D application benchmarks.

We saw an overall score of 65 from this PC in our 2D benchmarks, which involve tasks such as image editing and video transcoding, including a challenging multitasking test. The system’s performance indicates that it’s certainly adequate for what most home users need of their PCs, whether it’s ripping CDs or retouching photos, or even editing video. The PC’s 8GB RAM is what we’d expect at this price, and is certainly adequate for most tasks.

Gladiator Computers Studio

It’s the processor’s integrated graphics that really differentiate this PC from one with a newer Kaveri processor. In our Dirt Showdown benchmark, the Gladiator Studio managed a smooth frame rate of 41.5fps in Dirt Showdown at a resolution of 1,280×720, 4x AA and High quality, which is about 10fps slower than Kaveri-based PCs manage. The PC coulnd’t run the test properly at 1,920×1,080 and Ultra quality, and High quality only produced 26.9fps, but dropping the quality to Medium did the trick and produced a playable average frame rate of 31.5fps. That’s quite a bit worse than the gaming performance we’ve seen from the integrated graphics of systems with more recent AMD processors, but if you’re not really into 3D games, this won’t be a major concern.

You could always increase gaming performance in the future by adding a dedicated graphics card. The Studio has more upgrade potential than most PCs in its price range, largely thanks to its full-size ATX Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-D3H motherboard. The board is equipped with three PCI-E x1 slots, two PCI slots and two PCI-E x16 slots. The top x16 slot runs at full speed, while the lower slot runs at x4 and is best used for a secondary CrossFire-linked graphics card. If you install a graphics card in the top x16 slot, it’ll block a x1 slot below it, but that still leaves two x1 slots and two PCI slots for you to add all the expansion cards you should need. While the case’s drive cages can’t be removed to make room for extra-long graphics cards, there’s nonetheless around 300mm of case depth in which to install even the most powerful cards on the market, but the 450W XFX PSU will limit you more to mid-range and upper-mid-range models.

Gladiator Computers Studio

There’s plenty of scope to supplement the PC’s memory and storage capacity, too. Only two of four memory slots are in use, and only two of the PC’s eight SATA3 ports. As shown in our photo of the system’s interior, there’s an extra SATA cable plugged in, but this isn’t actually connected to anything, merely conveniently routed to the back of the drive cage ready to be plugged into a new drive. It’s a nice touch. The case is equipped with three 5 1/2in bays, three 2 1/2in drive trays and three 3 1/2in trays. Currently in place is a single 1TB hard disk and a DVD-RW drive.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor AMD A8-6600K
Processor external bus 100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x39
Processor clock speed 3.9GHz
Processor socket FM2+
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-D3H
Motherboard chipset AMD A88X


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

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

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST1000DM003-1CH162)
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) integrated AMD Radeon HD 8570D
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


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


Viewable size 21.5 in
Screen model Benq DL2215
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Microsoft Wired Keyboard 400
Mouse Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse v2.0


Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty four years RTB (1 year parts, four years labour)
Price £420

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