Aria Gladiator Sparta Haswell i5 4670K Nano Overclocked Bundle Review

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As with any prebuilt system, the biggest fear is it arriving in good condition. Aria have got the perfect solution with the anti-static bag wrapped around the components, which is then attached to the motherboard box (containing all the goodies) for stability, and all that is placed in a robust box and surrounded with all the airbags one could hope to fit into the box.

On an mATX motherboard such as the Sniper M5, the cooler utterly dominates proceedings. It means the Sparta Nano is almost as tall as it is square.

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With such a simple set of ingredients it's hard for the solidity of Aria's work to shine shine though at a glance. However, the placement of the fan cable gives you a nice idea about what you can expect once you fire it up. It would be all too easy to just plonk the cooler on and plug it in.

The choice of the Crucial Ballistix matches the M5 heatsink beautifully. As we're so often saying here at OC3D, it's the little touches that make the difference.

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The Scythe is a monster cooler. 140mm of air-pushing goodness. We like the Carbon look of the fan too. It lends a little bit of class to an otherwise plain item. 

Because the Sniper M5 has the DIMM slots the other way around to the norm, the RAM ends up with a label pointing inwards, so we've removed one of the sticks so you can see it's the CAS9 Ballistix Elite. We're sure that soon manufacturers will be reversing their heat-spreaders and selling it as 'specifically designed for the LGA1150'.

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We're sure that most people will be sticking a graphics card in their Sparta Nano, but there are plenty of display output options should you not wish to do so. 

One of the things that used to be a problem when purchasing a pre-built system was that you didn't get the various bits and pieces that would be included if you'd have brought them separately. In the guitar trade it's known as 'case candy' and it's good to see the recent move to include everything. This is especially so because of the adjustable sound chips on the Gigabyte range of Z87 motherboards.

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05-07-2013, 05:04:10

tinytomlogan
Based upon the Core i5-4670K, the Aria Gladiator Sparta i5 Nano bundle is pre-built and pre-overclocked. Worthy of a purchase?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...125048941l.jpg


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05-07-2013, 05:31:13

Solanos
To be honest it's not that good of a price tag there. I got a 4770k with a sabertooth, ripjaws, ssd and an h100i and cost me 780. The difference is that It didn't come already overclocked but..

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Thats over 50% price difference.... lol
I agree but if you just buy an i7, a g1 killer m5, ram and a decent cooler the price will be like 570-580. Isn't the 4770k worth the extra 70-80?

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tbh this is a damn good price for what you get and your only paying about 40 over what you would if you bought the parts yourself, its good if your not confident in putting the parts together yourself and you dont know how to overclock. i think this is a well deserved gold on tom/vb's part great review as always
there got my answer

05-07-2013, 05:32:03

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Solanos View Post
To be honest it's not that good of a price tag there. I got a 4770k with a sabertooth, ripjaws, ssd and an h100i and cost me 780. The difference is that It didn't come already overclocked but..

Thats over 50% price difference.... lol

05-07-2013, 05:37:14

UkGouki
tbh this is a damn good price for what you get and your only paying about 40 over what you would if you bought the parts yourself, its good if your not confident in putting the parts together yourself and you dont know how to overclock. i think this is a well deserved gold on tom/vb's part great review as always

05-07-2013, 12:42:13

VonBlade
That's why we rated it so highly on price. Not only is it a relatively small price over a self build, you're guaranteed the overclock.

Regular forum members will know how variable the Haswell CPUs are at the moment. It's worth the extra to be certain of a good'un, before you factor in the plug and play convenience

06-07-2013, 00:16:26

Mgutierrez33
i7 not necessary for gaming really, speaking from experience. Great price for a great bit of kit, and it doesn't hurt that it actually looks good, too. Great review!
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