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RL Supplies Modula Vivo review

RL Supplies Modula Vivo
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 400
inc VAT

The Modula Vivo has an easily overclockable processor, but its performance isn't as good as that of similarly priced PCs from other manufacturers.

Specifications

3.1GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition, 4.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

RL Supplies

It’s easy to look down the list of specifications and write off RL Supplies’ Modula Vivo as it only has a dual-core processor, while other budget PCs at this price have quad-core chips. However, the Modula’s AMD Phenom II X2 550 processor runs at a swift 3.1GHz.

The upshot of this fast clock speed is that this PC scored 85 overall in our 2D benchmarks, which is similar to quad-core equipped PCs that cost the same amount. The lack of two extra cores was apparent only in the multicore-optimised video-encoding test, where it was noticeably slower than a quad-core PC. The Vivo has a Black Edition processor, so it can be overclocked easily for even faster performance.

The Vivo’s 3D performance isn’t quite as impressive. The Radeon HD 4650 graphics card managed just under 17fps in our Call of Duty 4 test, so you’ll need to settle for less detailed graphics or a lower screen resolution to achieve a playable frame rate in modern games.

Although the Radeon graphics card isn’t especially powerful, at least it doesn’t block any of the other PCI expansion slots. There are two PCI slots and a PCI Express x1 slot for adding peripherals such as TV tuners and wireless cards. There’s space for another two hard disks and an optical drive, but there aren’t enough SATA ports to connect them all to the motherboard. The Vivo is quiet, but this is because it has no case fans, so you’ll need to add some if you add lots of power-hungry parts. A comfortable Emprex keyboard is included. There’s also a four-button laser gaming mouse with fast and smooth tracking.

We’d expect to see a one-year warranty with a PC at this price, but the Vivo is backed by a two-year collect-and-return warranty.

The Modula Vivo is quick at certain tasks and can be overclocked for even better performance, but it lags behind the competition.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition
Processor external bus 200MHz (1.6GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x15.5
Processor clock speed 3.1GHz
Processor socket AM3
Level 1 cache 2x 64KB
Level 2 cache 2x 512KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asus M4N78-AM
Motherboard chipset Nvidia nForce 720a
Power consumption standby 8W
Power consumption idle 118W
Power consumption active 152W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s) 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4650
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

Sound Realtek ALC662
Sound outputs 5.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model LiteOn iHAS124
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Response time N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Emprex 5105GU
Mouse BTC M873U

Software

Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £400
Details www.rlsupplies.co.uk

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