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RL Supplies Modula i8470 review

£979 inc VAT

Manufacturer: RL Supplies

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

RL Supplies has overclocked an E8400 chip to 3.6GHz for the Modula i8470, allowing you to save money and still get a super-fast machine.

The RL Supplies Modula i8470 is a dual-core system but, rather than use the top-of-the-range Core 2 Duo E8600, RL Supplies has gone for a less expensive E8400 model and overclocked it to 3.6GHz. This way, you get a considerably faster PC and save around £60 on the CPU.

We test all machines at their processor's stock speeds and, in this configuration, the RL Supplies Modula i8470 achieved 122 points in WorldBench 6. When overclocked, however, the machine recorded a staggering 136 points.

The RL Supplies Modula i8470's graphics duties are taken care of by a 512MB HD 4870. This is a powerful card, and capable of tackling the toughest titles, but it's not quite as fast as nVidia's GTX 260 - or, indeed, the 1GB HD 4870 which is available at a relatively small extra cost.

Built into a relatively solid and smart-looking Gigabyte system case, the RL Supplies Modula i8470 looks like it means business. Inside, there are plenty of tool-free drive bays and a large Arctic Cooling-branded CPU cooler.

The system board leaves two RAM sockets empty for easy memory upgrades and, to make up for the lack of FireWire ports on its motherboard, the manufacturer has added a PCI FireWire adaptor. The RL Supplies Modula i8470 is also the only system in our chart to provide a memory card reader.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (March 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Storm i7920n98GTX
  2. Arbico Elite 8260 XL
  3. Palicomp Phoenix E86-22
  4. Mesh Elite GTX260 Power
  5. RL Supplies Modula i8470

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RL Supplies Modula i8470 Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP at no extra cost)
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L
11 x USB 2.0
22in LG W2252TQ (0.28mm pixel pitch
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 (games score: Crysis = 60fps
Fear = 224fps)
onboard Realtek ALC883
2 x Logitech X240
20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 122
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Although it lacks Blu-ray, the RL Supplies Modula i8470 comes with Logitech X240 speakers and is a good choice for music or multimedia. It also boasts a superior 22in LG display. If you’re comfortable with the idea of purchasing and using an overclocked machine then this system has much to offer.

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