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RL Supplies Modula I5200 review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
500
inc VAT

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Specifications

2.5GHz Pentium Dual Core E5200, 2.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium (XP Home available on request)

With an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 and a miserly 2GB of RAM, RL Supplies' Modula I5200 has a modest specification, even for a £500 PC. Despite this, the benchmark results were near the top of the £500 price category.

Its PCMark Vantage Overall score was only slightly behind that of CyberPower's Gamer Infinity 600. The Modula I5200 performed well in the TV & Movies benchmark, which tests a PC's ability to transcode and play video files, and in the Memories benchmark, which tests its ability to perform memory-intensive manipulations on large image and video files.

It has the least powerful graphics card in the group: a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT. This has dual DVI outputs and a TV out port. It struggled in Crysis and managed only 15.6fps in Call of Duty 4, so it's unlikely to produce a smooth gaming experience in most modern games, even at much lower resolutions.

The 19in Hanns.G HW191D widescreen monitor isn't among the best here, with washed out pale tones that were impossible to correct even after we adjusted the monitor's settings. To make matters worse, the controls were obtusely labelled and counterintuitive.

The large, sturdy Gigabyte case looks good and has plenty of room for expansion. The Modula isn't the quietest PC here, but its fans shouldn't be overly distracting. The 500GB hard disk is large enough for most, and while the MSI P31 Neo-F motherboard can handle a maximum of only 4GB of RAM, this isn't an immediate concern, as the 32-bit version of Windows Vista can't even access this much.

This PC performed well and has some useful extras such as a memory card reader and a year's anti-virus protection. More importantly, it has the best warranty in the group, covering repair and shipping costs for two years, and delivery is included in the price. This isn't enough to offset the disappointing monitor and poor 3D performance, though. We prefer Eclipse's Matrix i74n96GS for gaming, but Mesh's Nero 9850HD has a better monitor and superior performance for all but games.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorPentium Dual Core E5200
Processor external bus200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx12.5
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache2,048KB
Memory2.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardMSI P31 Neo-F
Motherboard chipsetIntel P31
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle74W
Power consumption active104W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)3/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AKS-00A7B0)
InterfaceSATA/300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, TV out

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsCF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick, MicroDrive, xD, microSD
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST GH22NS40
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelHanns.G HW191D
Native resolution1,440x900
Response time8ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Ultra-Flat Keyboard
MouseLogitech RX 250

Software

Software includedBullguard Internet Secuity 8.5
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium (XP Home available on request)
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years collect and return
Price£500
Detailswww.rlsupplies.co.uk

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