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Aria Proteus Anubis HDK review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £999
inc VAT

Aria has included some flashy features, such as an SSD for faster booting, but we’d have preferred a bigger monitor instead.


4.6GHz Intel Core i5-2500K, 8GB RAM, 21.5in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


The system comes with a 22in BenQ G2222HDL monitor. It’s one of our favourite displays, with lush colours and even backlighting. However, we would have preferred a larger screen for this price. We weren’t too fond of the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700, which gave us difficulty with a jerky cursor and missing letters until we moved its wireless receiver down so that it was right next to the mouse and keyboard. Both peripherals were comfortable to use, though.

Aria Proteus Anubis HDK

With a small monitor and a basic one-year warranty that doesn’t even cover postage costs, Aria’s PC isn’t the best value. Although it doesn’t boot into Windows quite as fast, we prefer the identically priced Wired2Fire Hellspawn XFire thanks to its better warranty, larger screen and more powerful graphics card.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
Processor external bus 100MHz (Sandy Bridge DMI)
Processor multiplier x46
Processor clock speed 4.6GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard MSI P67A-G45
Motherboard chipset Intel P67


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/10
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 3 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Kingston SV100S264G, Samsung HD103SJ
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,064GB


Graphics card(s) 2GB ATI Radeon HD 6950
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, CF, Memory Stick PRO Duo, MMC, RS-MMC, microSD, M2, xD
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM


Viewable size 21.5 in
Screen model BenQ G2222HDL
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs VGA, DVI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 700 v2.0
Mouse Microsoft Wireless Mouse 700 v2.0


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £999

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