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RL Supplies Modula I5200 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £500
inc VAT


2.5GHz Pentium Dual Core E5200, 2.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440×900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium (XP Home available on request)

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With an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 and a miserly 2GB of RAM, RL Supplies’ Modula I5200 has a modest specification, even for a £500 PC. Despite this, the benchmark results were near the top of the £500 price category.

Its PCMark Vantage Overall score was only slightly behind that of CyberPower’s Gamer Infinity 600. The Modula I5200 performed well in the TV & Movies benchmark, which tests a PC’s ability to transcode and play video files, and in the Memories benchmark, which tests its ability to perform memory-intensive manipulations on large image and video files.

It has the least powerful graphics card in the group: a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT. This has dual DVI outputs and a TV out port. It struggled in Crysis and managed only 15.6fps in Call of Duty 4, so it’s unlikely to produce a smooth gaming experience in most modern games, even at much lower resolutions.

The 19in Hanns.G HW191D widescreen monitor isn’t among the best here, with washed out pale tones that were impossible to correct even after we adjusted the monitor’s settings. To make matters worse, the controls were obtusely labelled and counterintuitive.

The large, sturdy Gigabyte case looks good and has plenty of room for expansion. The Modula isn’t the quietest PC here, but its fans shouldn’t be overly distracting. The 500GB hard disk is large enough for most, and while the MSI P31 Neo-F motherboard can handle a maximum of only 4GB of RAM, this isn’t an immediate concern, as the 32-bit version of Windows Vista can’t even access this much.

This PC performed well and has some useful extras such as a memory card reader and a year’s anti-virus protection. More importantly, it has the best warranty in the group, covering repair and shipping costs for two years, and delivery is included in the price. This isn’t enough to offset the disappointing monitor and poor 3D performance, though. We prefer Eclipse’s Matrix i74n96GS for gaming, but Mesh’s Nero 9850HD has a better monitor and superior performance for all but games.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Pentium Dual Core E5200
Processor external bus 200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x12.5
Processor clock speed 2.5GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Level 1 cache 2x 32KB
Level 2 cache 2,048KB
Memory 2.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard MSI P31 Neo-F
Motherboard chipset Intel P31
Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption idle 74W
Power consumption active 104W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 3/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 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 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AKS-00A7B0)
Interface SATA/300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7200rpm


Graphics card(s) 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, TV out


Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards CF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick, MicroDrive, xD, microSD
Optical drive model HL-DT-ST GH22NS40
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 19 in
Screen model Hanns.G HW191D
Native resolution 1,440×900
Response time 8ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Ultra-Flat Keyboard
Mouse Logitech RX 250


Software included Bullguard Internet Secuity 8.5
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium (XP Home available on request)
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £500

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