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RL Supplies Modula Vivo review

Alan Lu
29 Dec 2009
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.

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Specifications

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

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***
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition
Processor external bus200MHz (1.6GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx15.5
Processor clock speed3.1GHz
Processor socketAM3
Level 1 cache2x 64KB
Level 2 cache2x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus M4N78-AM
Motherboard chipsetNvidia nForce 720a
Power consumption standby8W
Power consumption idle118W
Power consumption active152W

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)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

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

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC662
Sound outputs5.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelLiteOn iHAS124
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardEmprex 5105GU
MouseBTC M873U

Software

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

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years collect and return
Price£400
Detailswww.rlsupplies.co.uk

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