Joined on 01/18/10
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: My TV does not recognize the onboard intel graphics as 1080p when running at 1920/1080 @ 60 Hz. Got a feeling that the output is running as VGA only. Cannot get really black level which is easily achieved by going 1920/1080 30Hz interlaced. Not sure if this a intel HD graphics issue or the motherboard. Will change my rating to 5 if not MBs fault, otherwise will return MB
Pros: Excellent processor, fast, I am not over-clocking but its a nice to have feature just in case
Cons: Strictly from economical point of view, not too much of value add from i3-530 for HTPC system. But overpay is not that significant and you do get extra power and iGPU speed.
Overall Review: This was upgrade from AMD XP so I can tell the difference in speed.