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ECS B85H3-M9 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great motherboard for HTPC for the price 04/11/2016

This review is from: ECS B85H3-M9 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: says microatx but it is actually DTX which fits my mini itx case
2 pcie slots in a mini itx (dtx) case such as the coolermaster elite 120.
dirt cheap with rebates
very low idle power with windows 10 and i3 4170 around 8 watts idle with a pico psu and 1 SSD and 1 2TB hdd + 16 GB ram. Lower idle power than my AMD kabini x4 5350 system setup with the exact same hardware as above.
Not sure why the poster says it didn't support 5.1 channel over HDMI. It does 5.1 channel flawlessly using power DVD14 ultra with ripped bluray movies going to an A/V receiver - NOTE youtube 5.1 channel test doesn't support 5.1 over HDMI.

Cons: none since i can't expect a whole lot from a $40 motherboard.

Other Thoughts: using this system for HTPC / Plex server duties. Flawless HTPC duty and great plex server. Easily on the fly transcode. Ripped bluray movies look great and sounds great through my A/V receiver.

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Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 1155 65W BX80623G530 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Cheap. That's all.

Cons: 1. Not as low power as i thought. I3 2100 idles 2 watts lower in the exame same build.
2. Doesn't handle HD flash contents well. it stutters.
3. during HD flash playback it consumes more power than the i3 2100.

Other Thoughts: I bought the g530 thinking it will be enough for HTPC duty but i was wrong. The stuttering during HD flash is annoying so i bought an i3 2100. Moreover, i was shocked to find out that the idle system power from the wall as measured from kill-a-watt was higher using the G530. The i3 2100 actually has a lower idle system power with the exact configuration.
If you just want Desktop usage then the g530 is fine. if for htpc usage the i3 is far better.

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MSI E350IA-E45 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, dual core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs update to the previous 14 watt idle review 05/23/2011

This review is from: MSI E350IA-E45 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, dual core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: i replaced the SSD with a toshiba laptop hard drive to make the build cheaper and it still idles around 15 watts. NICE!..

Cons: I was wrong on the previous review, i couldn't play 720p netflix properly. I guess i didn' t watch enough of it. but all flashed base streaming works well.

Other Thoughts: my system, this mobo of course, pico 90 watts psu, no optical, toshiba laptop hard drive, 4 gigs gskill. Total cost $300 not including OS.

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Date Joined: 12/01/06

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  • Last Review: 04/11/16
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