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RL Supplies Modula 9060I-OC review

Will Stapley
21 Sep 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
519.97
inc VAT

Tops the group for 3D performance, but the mediocre, low-resolution 19in monitor means you can't use the graphics card to its full potential.

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Specifications

2.6GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

The Modula 9060I-OC isn't the best-looking PC around. Silver edging livens up the plain black case, but this PC pales in comparison with the Dell, HP and Mesh models.

The Pentium Dual Core E5300 isn't as fast as some of the quad-core processors in other PCs, which resulted in a mid-table result for the Modula 9060I-OC in the 2D tests overall. With just two cores, it struggled in the video-editing test, but it fared much better in the image-editing benchmark.

Gaming is a different story. With an Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 graphics card, the 9060I-OC produced the fastest 3D scores of the group. At a resolution of 1,680x1,050, we saw a smooth 24.3fps in Crysis and 55.5fps in Call of Duty 4.

A 20in Hanns.G HW191D monitor is included, but its native resolution of 1,440x900 means the graphics power is almost overkill: at this lower resolution, the PC managed 64.4fps in Call of Duty 4. Sadly, it's image quality is also below average, with washed out colours.

The Modula 9060I-OC has plenty of room for upgrades. The motherboard has three free PCI slots, five empty SATA ports and no fewer than six spare 3?in drive bays. RL Supplies has also fitted a decent 500W power supply, which will be able to feed a good number of extra drives and other internal devices if required.

The 500GB hard disk provides a decent amount of storage but, like Mesh, RL Supplies has saved money by opting for a drive that spins at 5,400rpm instead of 7,200rpm, which limits performance.

The bundled Microsoft keyboard is comfortable to use, but the buttons on the accompanying mouse were too easy to press, making double-clicks particularly awkward. Still, it's good to see a two-year collect-and-return warranty, which is twice the length of Mesh's stingy one-year return-to-base cover, and more convenient. However, this comes at the expense of a better set of peripherals, and unless a warranty is more important to you than a good monitor, the Mesh Matrix II TT remains the better buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core E5300
Processor external bus200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx13
Processor clock speed2.6GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 64KB
Level 2 cache2,048KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardMSI P43 Neo-F (MS-7519)
Motherboard chipsetIntel P43
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle95W
Power consumption active155W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports5
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD502HI
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed5,400rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, S-video

Sound

SoundHD audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S202J
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelHanns.G HW191D
Native resolution1,440x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000
MouseMicrosoft Wheel Mouse Optical 1.1A

Software

Software includedNero 7 Essentials
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years collect and return
Price£520
Detailswww.rlsupplies.co.uk

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