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RL Supplies Modula Enduro review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,080
inc VAT

A two-year warranty and Blu-ray drive can't make up for the fact that you can buy a similarly specified PC for almost £300 less.

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 24in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

The Modula Enduro seems well specified for its price.

It has an Intel Core i5 750 processor and a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 graphics card. This is connected to an excellent 24in widescreen BenQ G2420HD monitor, which has accurate colours, sharp detail and DVI, VGA and HDMI inputs. The Enduro is also the only PC here costing over £1,000 that comes with a Blu-ray drive. Together with the large monitor, this makes this PC ideal for home entertainment as well as gaming and more mundane tasks.

The Logitech cordless keyboard and optical mouse are handy if you want to control movie and video playback from a distance, although a Media Center remote would have been nice. A card reader adds a much-needed front USB port, but we'd prefer a couple more. There are eight USB ports on the back, two of which can also function as eSATA ports.

The internal layout isn't especially neat, but the trailing power cables are long enough to reach drive bays without obstructing any of the expansion ports. The Asrock motherboard is spacious, and none of the two PCI and two PCI-E x1 slots is blocked. There's also a spare PCI-E x16 slot, but you'll have to switch to ATI cards if you want dual graphics cards, as the board supports CrossFire but not SLI. The fans emit a low hum, but it's not distracting and the solid case insulates most of the sound.

The Enduro comes with a 32-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate, which is another bonus. However, if you want to make the most of the installed 4GB of RAM or any future memory upgrades, we recommend requesting a 64-bit version instead, which won't cost any extra.

The Modula performed well in all our benchmarks, but you can buy a faster PC for similar money. We can't help but compare the Enduro to Mesh's Ice 5 750 CS, which costs £280 less and has a similar specification and performance. It may lack a Blu-ray drive and have a smaller 22in monitor (although it has the same 1,920x1,080 resolution), but you can upgrade to a Blu-ray drive for under £80. RL Supplies may provide a two-year warranty, but the Enduro still isn't worth the extra money.

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
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsrock P55 Pro
Motherboard chipsetIntel P55
Power consumption standby7W
Power consumption idle110W
Power consumption active296W

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)2 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD103UJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity1,000GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 275
Graphics/video ports2x DVI

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 cardsUSB flash drive, CF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, MicroDrive, xD
Optical drive modelLiteOn iHES208
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Display

Viewable size24 in
Screen modelBenQ G2420HD
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA, HDMI

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Internet 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop
MouseLogitech M-RAK39D Cordless Optical Mouse

Software

Software includedCyberlink Blu-ray Disc Suite
Operating systemWindows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB
Price£1,080
Detailswww.rlsupplies.co.uk

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