Gladiator Titan Prometheus Gaming PC Review

Written by Clive Webster

June 11, 2010 | 10:27

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Companies: #aria #test

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Memory-wise, the Titan Prometheus is listed as having 6GB of 1,600MHz DDR3; there’s no mention of brand or type on the website. Our review sample arrived with 6GB of Patriot DDR3 1,600MHz, complete with snazzy blue heatspreaders. The memory was clocked at 1,528MHz due to the overclocked QPI and a memory strap of 8x – Gladiator has balanced the CPU and memory speeds well.

While the spec list reads like a CPC buyers’ guide so far, Gladiator has tried a different approach when it comes to storage. There are two single-platter 320GB Samsung SpinPoint F1 hard disks in a RAID 0 array for use as a boot drive, and a 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 for bulk storage.

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Aria uses an odd storage configuration - two 320GB hard disks in RAID 0, with an additional 1TB disk on the side. Click to enlarge.

While the two-disk RAID configuration allows for faster sequential read and write speeds, we’ve found that RAID 0 arrays typically offer little extra real-world performance, while more than doubling the chance of failure (there are two disks, plus the RAID controller, that can go wrong). If we were ordering the system, we’d choose a single 1TB SpinPoint F3 as the only storage device, or pair that with a decent SSD for improved performance, if we had the cash.

The choice of an Antec CP-850 PSU has a question mark beside it too – our compatriots on Custom PC tested its beefier sibling for their forthcoming issue (out next Thursday, if you're interested) and found it to be neither particularly stable nor efficient, even if it was whisper-quiet. The 850W model of this system is also incredibly quiet – the fan barely spins – but as PSU ranges tend to share the same characteristics, we worried that it might also share the less desirable qualities too.

The Antec Twelve Hundred is tall, and has many fans. Click to enlarge

The Antec Twelve Hundred is tall, and has many fans. Click to enlarge

Housing the system is an Antec Twelve Hundred, a sturdy, high-airflow case. The many blue LED fans (three 120mm intakes, two 120mm rear exhausts and a 200mm roof exhaust) in the case mean that there’s plenty of airflow.

Gladiator has augmented that by adding a 120mm NZXT fan to blow air towards the X58 chipset heatsink to keep this notoriously hot chip cool.

However, the Antec fans are set to either medium or high speed via the case’s fan controllers, and the end result is a very loud PC – this rather spoils the fact that the GPU and PSU are both so quiet.

One of the rear exhausts has been used for the radiator of the Corsair Hydro H50 liquid cooler. These sealed-unit liquid coolers are an increasingly popular alternative to heavy heatsinks, comprising a combined pump and CPU waterblock connected to a skinny 120mm radiator.

While the list of components ranges from brilliant to questionable, the build lacks wow factor – an experienced PC builder with a spare afternoon could construct the Prometheus. We’d also have liked to see a sound card in a PC of this price, rather than having to rely on the Realtek codec of the motherboard.
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