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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.READ FULL REVIEW
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