Aria Gladiator Juggernaut System Review
There are many things to love about the Aria Gladiator Juggernaut.
Let's get a few things out of the way first. Of course it's not as good value for money as it would be if you'd purchased the parts yourself and built it. We know that. No pre-built system will even be as fiscally viable as a home build. BUT, you also don't have any of the worries about a piece of hardware needing an RMA and thus delaying your build, and you get 12 months of RTB warranty which helps ease any concerns. Finally we understand that not everyone wants to build their own computer, either for time or talent reasons, so this is a great way to obtain a lot of performance for a fair price.
So is it a lot of performance? Yes it definitely is. In a couple of areas, notably CPU, it's not quite at the level we've seen from Aria themselves even with a similarly spec'd i5-2500K. The 4.2GHz Overclock is on the low side, but how much of that is a limit of the CPU and how much is the MSI Z77 G45 is up for debate. However, we understand that we're just overclocking whores here at OC3D. The clue is in the name. Realistically a 4.2GHz CPU will be enough for anyone but the most power hungry, and you wouldn't expect any more for this price, especially considering that clockspeed is so dominant to the lay person that the price of other company's systems climbs astronomically for only a 100MHz more.
The memory choice is average. 1600MHz is good enough, and Intel have got a lot of bandwidth available on the LGA1155 platform so the big capacity chosen by Aria makes for a sensible decision. It looks nice and performs well, but it wont set your hair on fire. The same cannot be said for the OCZ Agility 4 which was fast and responsive at all times, regardless of loading.
But if you choose the Juggernaut you're doing so on the basis of those two EVGA GTX660Ti's. As a single card we wondered why anyone would buy one over a GTX670, but paired up they work tremendously well. They gave us outstanding performance throughout our testing, whether it was the purely synthetic world of 3D Mark, or the actual gaming of our many eye-candy options.
A very well-rounded system that will suit anybody who wants a system for daily use that will handle anything thrown at it, the Aria Gladiator Juggernaut comes at a good price for a gaming system, looks the part, and is quiet and solidly put together. It would be very easy to assume that the two nVidia cards dominate things so much that the rest of the system will be only average, yet Aria have chosen their parts very well indeed.
If you are one of those people who wants a gaming rig without either building yourself or paying through the nose, it's highly recommended and a worthy winner of our OC3D Gold Award. It's might not quite be 'The Juggernaut, bitch', but it's damn close.