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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.
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.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: did i mention low power? measured from the outlet: 14 watts idle using a kill-a-watt meter.
can pop out the tiny fan and replace it with a nice quiet 80 mm fan - i used a sticky jell substance like the ones you get with the new credit card and that works great.
it plays hulu (all flash 10.2) HD contents flawlessly. all mkv, h.264 files well (720P). netflix HD streams just fine but the resolution was set to 720p. the cpu was pegged near 100% so 1080p is out. i have no bluray disc so i couldn't test that. Overall i am very impressed.
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Cons: kinda pricey but it works out the way i wanted it. once in awhile i do see a slight dysynch between the voice and video. But it only happened on a different online streaming site and never on netflix or hulu.
Other Thoughts: to get 14 watts at idle i used a pico psu with a kingston v+100 SSD. 4 gigs of g.skill ram and no internal optical drive. athenatech mini itx case A1089HG.150. Ram is set at 1.5V 1066. i lowered the voltage to 1.35V on the ram but it didn't lower the power usage.i replaced all the fans with a high quality 80mm fan running at 1000 rpm. the system is absolutely silent not just quiet - meaning at 1 feet away i cannot hear anything. cpu temps based on hwmonitor is 25c. not sure how accurate that is since realtemp doesn't seem to work. the only way i know it is on is the power LED. (which scared me at first, i thought the system didn't power on because i couldn't hear it);READ FULL REVIEW