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RL Supplies Modula 9005I review

Seth Barton
10 Jul 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
350
inc VAT

This inexpensive PC has plenty of upgrade potential, but there are better budget PC packages available.

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Specifications

2.0GHz Intel Celeron E1400, 2.000000 RAM, 17in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

At just £350, the Modula 9005I costs little more than most netbooks and nettops.

Its Intel Celeron E1400 is based on the same architecture as the more expensive Core 2 Duo chip. It runs at a respectable 2GHz, but has only a tiny 512KB L2 cache, compared to the 2MB cache on most Core 2 Duos. The 9005I didn't score very well in any of our benchmarks, only managing an overall score of 47. This is around three times what most nettops score, but slightly more expensive PCs in this month's Labs are far faster. This PC is incapable of playing modern games, as it lacks a dedicated graphics card.

The Modula 9005I comes with a full set of peripherals. The 17in widescreen monitor is a bit small by modern standards and doesn't have great contrast, but there are no major image quality issues. The keyboard, speakers and mouse are all distinctly cut-price. The mouse shouldn't upset anyone, but touch-typists will need to replace the spongy keyboard, and music fans will hate the tinny speakers.

The chassis has a stylish all-black finish. A flap on the front hides a 7-in-1 memory card reader, and there's a DVD writer fitted. On the back are four USB ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Inside, this PC has a 160GB hard disk, the same as most nettops. It comes with Windows Vista Home Premium installed, and a Windows disc is provided.

The motherboard has plenty of slots for making upgrades. There are free PCI, PCI-E x1 and PCI-E x16 expansion slots for adding extra capabilities or even a dedicated graphics card. One of the two memory slots is filled with a 2GB module, so you could always add another 2GB if required. There are also two free SATA ports and free drive bays of both sizes. This means you can easily add additional hard disks or optical drives.

This desktop PC was never going to match an Atom-based nettop for power efficiency, but it came surprisingly close. It used only 47W while idling, an impressively low figure, as even nettops use around 35W when idle. However, the 9005I's power supply isn't quiet. It's disappointing that such a small PC makes so much noise, even when idle.

The Modula 9005I is a decent little PC. Its peripherals aren't great, but the whole package is reasonable value. However, it's outperformed by its excellent AMD-powered sibling, the Modula 9010A, which also has a bigger hard disk. Alternatively, if you're happy to spend a little more, then for £50 extra you can get the better-equipped Eclipse Eco a50.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Celeron E1400
Processor external bus200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor clock speed2.0GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Memory2.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardASRock G31M-GS
Motherboard chipsetIntel G31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle47W
Power consumption active69W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsVGA

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI slots (free)2
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots1
Free 3.5in drive bays1

Hard Disk

InterfaceSATA/300
Total storage capacity160GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA 3100
Graphics/video portsVGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC662
Sound outputs5.1 line out
SpeakersTrust SP-2370 2.0

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsUSB, CF, SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, MicroDrive, xD
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size17 in
Screen modelHanns.G HW173
Native resolution1,440x900
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardTrust keyboard
MouseTrust optical mouse

Software

Software includedN/A
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB
Price£350
Detailswww.rlsupplies.co.uk

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