Aria Gladiator HD2-K Review

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The HD2-K is housed in the excellent Corsair 650D chassis which is a fantastic starting point for any rig. Good air cooling performance is important in any system, and certainly one with twin GPUs. The black internals really marry well to the black Be Quiet cooler so it all looks gorgeous through the window. Cables are extremely tidy, the NZXT extensions helping Aria to route them through the many cut-outs of the 650D so everything is sleek as you like.

Aria Gladiator HD2-K Case Review     Aria Gladiator HD2-K Cable Tidy Review  

Twin HD6870s provide the graphical prowess of the HD2-K and also look great against the Sabertooth, where you can see how much prettier the ASUS Thermal Armor makes the whole rig look.

Speaking of looks the all-black Be Quiet Dark Power perfectly matches the rest of the system.

Aria Gladiator HD2-K HD6870 CF Review     Aria Gladiator HD2-K Be Quiet Review  

With everything being so black it's a bit of a disappointment to see the rainbow effect from the PSU connectors.

Round the back there is definitely no lack of connection options with the multiple headers on the rear of the Sabertooth, the two XFX HD6870s and the ASUS Xonar soundcard.

Aria Gladiator HD2-K Be Quiet PSU Review     Aria Gladiator HD2-K Back Panel Review  

Round the front we have the superb Samsung BH123L Blu-Ray drive which is a Lightscribe DVD writer and Blu-Ray reader. 

Obviously having cable extensions allows for the front to be very tidy, but equally there is a lot of extra cable that needs to be hidden away and Aria have done a good job in tucking them all round the back.

Aria Gladiator HD2-K Blu Ray Review     Aria Gladiator HD2-K Rear Cables Review

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Most Recent Comments

20-06-2011, 11:32:11

Monster of a machine and not that different from my current setup

Is 1.4v a 24/7 safe voltage for an i5 2500k?Quote

20-06-2011, 11:51:38

nice rig for the bucks

would be even better underwater

well done ariaQuote

20-06-2011, 11:59:22

Nice Looks, great performance and competative price- Nice rig Aria! Quote

20-06-2011, 12:03:23

Originally Posted by BigIan88 View Post

Monster of a machine and not that different from my current setup

Is 1.4v a 24/7 safe voltage for an i5 2500k?
About as high as Id say to go for a retail system yes matey.Quote

20-06-2011, 12:11:07

Brains sure can build a nice looking system can't he Quote

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