Aria Gladiator Sparta i5 Overclocked Bundle Review

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Although we could show you the box that it arrived it, we thought you might like to know how much care is taken by Aria to ensure your pre-built bundle arrives in mind condition. It's so well packed that the cooler wont move, and with the motherboard box providing some extra stability there is far less stress upon the motherboard even if you live at the end of a ploughed field. 

Within the box you get all the manuals, disks and add-ons that you would receive if you purchased the items separately. It's worth noting that the reduced price of the HD3 is demonstrated in the quality of the IO shield. We don't know how much they cost, although we'd assume pence, but you can nearly always tell the price of the motherboard by the IO shield. Here we're not only devoid of paint, but of any markings at all. You also get a serious set of magnetic screwdrivers included to make installation easy. You haven't known frustration until you've screwed a motherboard in with non-magnetic screwdriver tips and lost the screw in the inky blackness of your case.

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For such a frugal motherboard you'd expect some cutbacks, and as usual the vertical SATA ports are an indicator of the price point. Again we can't imagine that the price between six separate ports and one six-pack is that much, but somehow it's always the case. Otherwise the board looks pretty good. All black, with functional heatsinks and every feature you'd expect to find on a regulation Z87 motherboard.

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The Nano had RAM that perfectly matched the rest of the ensemble, and we can't help feeling that some black Vengeance RAM would be better suited here. The white is nice, but nothing else here is white, so it stands out.

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At least the six SATA ports are all SATA 6Gbp/s, even if they are standing priapically rather than horizontally. Round the back we have all the ports you could require. There aren't any cut-down features here. Although it is lacking the DisplayPort we've seen on some of the more expensive models, nobody will have a DisplayPort only monitor and no graphics card combination, so it's hardly worth knocking points off for.

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31-07-2013, 06:41:59

tinytomlogan
If the Sparta Nano took caught your eye but the price was too much, then the Sparta bundle should be just the ticket.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...114348613l.JPG


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31-07-2013, 14:30:54

AverageNinja
Seems like a neat deal! Thanks for posting

01-08-2013, 20:21:43

demonking
just skimmed through the nano review again....
have you reviewed that cooler? i want to know how loud it is. iv'e always used scythe as my air coolers and not had the joys of this one.

02-08-2013, 04:07:55

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
just skimmed through the nano review again....
have you reviewed that cooler? i want to know how loud it is. iv'e always used scythe as my air coolers and not had the joys of this one.
No mate and we dont plan on doing it either.

03-08-2013, 21:14:03

TheNewNormal
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
.. i want to know how loud it is..
Seems it's quiet. Not silent, but quiet:
www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5520/scythe-ashura-cpu-cooler-review/index8.html

Bundle looks quite good, shame we don't have a similar vendor where I live (in the colony down under).



EDIT for SgtBilko below (sorry to go so far off topic) :

Adobe dropped support for mobile flash a while ago (debate for another time). Stuff made before that has a chance (ie android) but stuff made after (ie lumina) can't play flash:

http://tinyurl.com/lzcpmfn

05-08-2013, 16:47:22

Sgt.Bilko
like the title say, no graphs or pics on smart phone. Is this something I can fix or is it on your side. I have a Lumia 820 windows phone.
I realize this is off topic but I can't post, so here it is. Any help will be appreciated.

05-08-2013, 17:33:24

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sgt.Bilko View Post
like the title say, no graphs or pics on smart phone. Is this something I can fix or is it on your side. I have a Lumia 820 windows phone.
I realize this is off topic but I can't post, so here it is. Any help will be appreciated.
Graphs are working on Android using Dolphin browser, I also have Adobe flash installed as well. You might need to install flash and use a third party browser like Firefox, I don't know anything about Windows phones but installing Adobe flash is all you need on Android, as well as a browser that supports flash.
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