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RL Supplies Modula Performa review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
650
inc VAT

The Modula Performa may have a Core i5 processor, but it's surrounded by underspecified components that would demand instant upgrades.

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 2.000000 RAM, 20in 1,600x900 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

RL Supplies' Modula Performa has a powerful Intel Core i5 750 processor, but some obvious sacrifices have been made to accommodate it.

There's just 2GB of RAM, which limited the PC's performance in our tests. This was particularly obvious in our image-editing test, where the Modula Performa scored well below several PCs with lesser processors and 4GB of RAM. However, high scores in our video-encoding and multitasking tests led to a good overall score. The 512MB Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 graphics card is reasonably powerful, but is suitable only for undemanding gamers.

The 20in Hannspree HF207's resolution of 1,600x900 is respectable. Viewing angles aren't great, though. Colour reproduction is accurate from straight on, but a white screen gained a pink or purple tint as we moved off-centre. This isn't a major problem, but it's another niggle. RL Supplies has made odd choices for the keyboard and mouse, with models from Trust and Sweex respectively. The mouse drags uncomfortably and the keys are a bit spongy.

The case is sturdy but does little to insulate against the noticeable fan hum. There are several mounting points, but no case fans have been installed. The hard disk is another casualty of the tight budget; its 250GB is paltry compared with the 1TB disks offered by others for the same price. There's plenty of room to fit extra drives, with six free 3?in bays and three unused SATA ports. We'd advise you to fit an extra 2GB of RAM before anything else, though.

Memory is inexpensive and easy to add, but that doesn't mean you should buy the Modula Performa. Mesh's Matrix II is a much better PC, but if you're desperate to get your hands on a Core i5-based PC for £650, the Performa is a marginally better choice than Eclipse's Solar Crossfire i575R487, as the latter's poor monitor puts it out of contention.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx24
Processor clock speed2.66GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory2.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsrock P55M
Motherboard chipsetIntel P55
Power consumption standby9W
Power consumption idle113W
Power consumption active234W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)1/8
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/2
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports3
Free memory slots3
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Maxtor STM3750528AS
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity250GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

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

Sound

SoundVia VT1708S
Sound outputs7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsCF, SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Duo, xD, T-Flash
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-5200A
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size20 in
Screen modelHannspree HF207
Native resolution1,600x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardTrust KB-115 Multimedia Keyboard
MouseSweex MI510 Optical Mouse

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB
Price£650
Detailswww.rlsupplies.co.uk

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