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Aria Proteus Mirage GTK Family PC review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £850
inc VAT

This is a great all-round entertainment PC, but it's not quite the best you can get for the money


4.4GHz Intel Core i5-2500K, 4GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

As well as the empty PCI slot, there’s also a spare PCI-E x16 slot. There are two PCI-E x1 slots, but one is entirely blocked by the graphics card. If you’re interested in adding more storage to supplement the 1TB hard disk, there are four free SATA ports, too. There aren’t any eSATA connections on the case or motherboard, but there is a pair of USB3 ports on the back, alongside eight standard USB ports and Firewire. There’s also a PS/2 connector for a mouse or keyboard, but the supplied Microsoft 700 wireless keyboard and mouse set require USB anyway. They’re serviceable, although the keyboard is a little light and spongy, while the mouse was sometimes slow to come out of standby.

Aria Proteus Mirage GTK Family PC

There are only two USB ports on the front, but there’s also a memory card reader that can handle formats including SDHC, xD, microSD – often found in mobile phones – and Memory Stick. It also has a slot for a 2.5in hard disk, which lets you plug a laptop drive into while the PC is running for instant external storage.

The Proteus Mirage GTK Family PC isn’t the fastest or most powerful PC we’ve seen, nor does it have the biggest graphics card money can buy. It’s not exclusively designed as media centre and it’s not ideal for heavy duty rendering or video editing. However, it’s capable of doing all of these things competently. Whether you want to watch Blu-rays, play games or just do the household accounts, it can handle it. Such broad competence comes at a price: £800 without a monitor is at the high-end of the PC price range.

This is an excellent general-purpose PC with a specification that will last for years with only minor upgrades, but the Chillblast Fusion Whisper is quieter, has more memory and a 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 x44
Processor clock speed 4.4GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 4
Memory type PC3-10600
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) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD103SJ
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) 768MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SE
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, HDMI


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


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

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


Software included CyberLink PowerDVD 9
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £850

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