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  • 2012 Entry Level Desktop - Intel Celeron G530 Performance Guide

    Entering 2012, following up is Chinese New Year. This year is most popular year of Chinese, Dragon Year.
    Looking back the market last year, DIY PC became smaller due to light users who just need internet surfing or use easy apps, moved to Notebook, tablet or Smart Phone.

    Even though, Desktp still has good performance, better audio/video, and upgradability.
    For office or students, it?s more suitable for word processing and Online Game.
    Desktop PC is still the highest C/P option for larger size monitor and making long time usage more comfortable.


    This is windwithme annual entry PC sharing.
    Last year, I shared AMD first. This year, I go for Intel first.
    Sandy Bridge CPU launched cheaper Pentium and Celeron series.
    H61 MB price is lower than H55 due to MB makers tough competition.
    LGA 1155 CPU plus MB can save much money. Maybe this is the price strength caused by smaller DIY market.

    CPU Processor
    Inte Celeron G530, just launched last Sep.
    2.4GHz, 32nm, 2MB L3 cache, D2 Revision
    Physical 2 Cores without Hyper-Threading supports max 2 threading, called 2C/2T.
    Price is around 47USD.


    Contents
    Product manual, original cooler, Intel Celeron G530 CPU


    Even it?s Celeron naming, Sandy Bridge G530 performance is not bad.
    LGA 1155 Pentium L3 cache is 3MB. This is the main difference of Intel new generation CPU.


    MB
    Currently, Intel most popular integrated video output chipset is H61 for entry or Z68 for high end.
    There are many H61 models in the market. You can find plenty features and specs.
    I pick H61 mid-range GIGABYTE H61M-S2PV. It?s around 70USD.


    GIGABYTE H61M-S2PV main feature is Ultra Durable 4.
    Glass Fabric PCB technology, anti-surge ICs, Physical dual BIOS,
    ICs with up to 3 times the ESD resistance levels, 100% solid caps and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs


    Even though there are lower price H61 models, I prefer to have PCI and DVI on board.


    DRAM
    DDR3 price is lower and lower. 2GBx2 is only for tight budget users.
    Windows7 64-bit is getting more popular, 4GBx2 becomes mainstream spec.
    I use CORSAIR xms3 4GBX2 dual channel version. 1600 version price is a little bit higher.


    CORSAIR is international well-known brand and its stability test procedure is very strict. The price is acceptable range.
    This model price is around 50USD.

  • Tgui
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    Originally posted by Panix View Post
    Well, if you use Intel graphics with that cpu, you have an Intel HD 3000. The cpu I was looking at, the Celeron G540 has Intel HD which is like a HD 2000 but crippled. The HD 3000 and 2000 are entirely different animals. I read that the Intel HD is fine for all-purpose graphics but might not be too good with HD 1080p video. So, I am back to deciding whether having more processing power is worth it over the AMD choice which is the other way around.

    I'll probably go with the Celeron as I might not need the new build for 1080p video but if I ever did, cards like the Nvidia silent 520 low profile card is about $40. I guess it wouldn't add much more power consumption.
    My previous HTPC ran a core 2 duo with an Intel MHD 4500 which is slower than the HD2000. I played 1080P MKVs without issue. I could also play quake wars and nexuiz on medium-ish settings. The HD2000 should be fine.

    Or... spend some extra $$ on a core i3 2105.

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  • madjr
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    Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
    Hey, wait a second... I haven?t seen even small reference to Linux in your whole "review". What the ack were you reviewing, OEM boxes?
    Exactly.

    it was a good "windows" benchmark, but it was just that another windows benchmark, which too many online.

    I would like to see some linux benchmarks, unigine ( if possible) , etc.

    well anything linux would do with a few screens

    Am not sure if everyone knows this but phoronix is mainly a linux site.

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  • Panix
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    Originally posted by Tgui View Post
    My HTPC is a Core i5 2400, 8GB, Gigabyte Mini-ITX motherboard. A little more than you want to spend, but the Intel graphics worked just fine with Ubuntu 11.10. Once again, I have had zero probs with that motherboard.
    Well, if you use Intel graphics with that cpu, you have an Intel HD 3000. The cpu I was looking at, the Celeron G540 has Intel HD which is like a HD 2000 but crippled. The HD 3000 and 2000 are entirely different animals. I read that the Intel HD is fine for all-purpose graphics but might not be too good with HD 1080p video. So, I am back to deciding whether having more processing power is worth it over the AMD choice which is the other way around.

    I'll probably go with the Celeron as I might not need the new build for 1080p video but if I ever did, cards like the Nvidia silent 520 low profile card is about $40. I guess it wouldn't add much more power consumption.

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  • Tgui
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    Originally posted by Panix View Post
    Which is the better deal for a sub $200 (max. $300) budget system? For me, it's between Intel G540 and AMD (APU) A6-3500. One diff. is that the Intel probably needs a discrete card but there are cheapie video cards that can be had for about $20. A Pentium IV machine died so I need to replace it. Well, I think it's the PSU but I don't even want to really troubleshoot it unless I can find a used power supply for free. The XP OS freezes up and overheats.

    It's not mine but I want to replace it and probably stick Win7 and Linux (so, I can use it sometimes :-) or troubleshoot with Linux apps).

    It'll be mostly a HTPC. I won't get a Gigabyte mobo for the same reasons that crazycheese mentions. I just don't want to risk it and I have read negative things about their restrictive BIOS, too.

    I like Arock, MSI and Asus (in that order).
    My HTPC is a Core i5 2400, 8GB, Gigabyte Mini-ITX motherboard. A little more than you want to spend, but the Intel graphics worked just fine with Ubuntu 11.10. Once again, I have had zero probs with that motherboard.

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  • Panix
    replied
    Which is the better deal for a sub $200 (max. $300) budget system? For me, it's between Intel G540 and AMD (APU) A6-3500. One diff. is that the Intel probably needs a discrete card but there are cheapie video cards that can be had for about $20. A Pentium IV machine died so I need to replace it. Well, I think it's the PSU but I don't even want to really troubleshoot it unless I can find a used power supply for free. The XP OS freezes up and overheats.

    It's not mine but I want to replace it and probably stick Win7 and Linux (so, I can use it sometimes :-) or troubleshoot with Linux apps).

    It'll be mostly a HTPC. I won't get a Gigabyte mobo for the same reasons that crazycheese mentions. I just don't want to risk it and I have read negative things about their restrictive BIOS, too.

    I like Arock, MSI and Asus (in that order).

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  • Kano
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    I dont know if the intel bios for latest boards is better than those for amd ones. but i know for sure that current amd board with gigabyte bios can not directly boot from usb keys with grub2 bootloader, only syslinux/isolinux hybrid is possble. for grub2 images you have to use plop, thats very painfull...

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  • Tgui
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    Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
    Your smile will fade away once you understand that I wrote the "guide" on official gigabyte support forum (which is in their "howtos") on how to extract their binary-packed biosen from exe.
    *no other mb manufacturer does that BS packing data in windows-only files*

    Also, I have fought over 4 weeks and did several videos on non-working wireless keyboard prior to OS boot, before gigabyte taiwan branch started slowly moving their arses. The issue was "patched", half-working, and they do not care to make that bios stable.

    And then article from phoronix on their behaviour - which is not suprising. If you have a need come by there and mention in the slightest that you?re not-windows user, you will be ignored. This current 785GMT I have is the LASTEST gigabyte I own in my life.

    And their UEFI+BIOS weird-o-figuration is crap.

    Seriously, why would you pick gigabyte? Do you believe in their marketing BS? %random_mb_manufacturer_here(except elitegroup/ecs)% is perfectly awesome, way less issues, does not ignore you if youre non-windows user and same solid caps and qualities.

    I have bought 3 boards after GMT and all of em were not-gigabytes for that reason.

    Those are your experiences, they're called anecdotal evidence. Same with my experiences.

    My Phenom 2 Gigabyte ran linux for years without issue. My i5 2400 mini-itx gigabyte linux media server has been perfect with amazing uptimes while running all sorts of services. My current i7 3820 gigabyte was only $265, supports 4-way SLI and runs my chip at 4.5GHz at stock voltage with Ubuntu 12.04.

    I'm sorry you have had issues. Remember though, not everyone has the same experiences. My smile won't fade because I made sure my Gigabyte motherboards worked for my needs before I purchased them.

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  • crazycheese
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    Originally posted by Tgui View Post
    All my gigabyte motherboards have worked great!

    Your smile will fade away once you understand that I wrote the "guide" on official gigabyte support forum (which is in their "howtos") on how to extract their binary-packed biosen from exe.
    *no other mb manufacturer does that BS packing data in windows-only files*

    Also, I have fought over 4 weeks and did several videos on non-working wireless keyboard prior to OS boot, before gigabyte taiwan branch started slowly moving their arses. The issue was "patched", half-working, and they do not care to make that bios stable.

    And then article from phoronix on their behaviour - which is not suprising. If you have a need come by there and mention in the slightest that you?re not-windows user, you will be ignored. This current 785GMT I have is the LASTEST gigabyte I own in my life.

    And their UEFI+BIOS weird-o-figuration is crap.

    Seriously, why would you pick gigabyte? Do you believe in their marketing BS? %random_mb_manufacturer_here(except elitegroup/ecs)% is perfectly awesome, way less issues, does not ignore you if youre non-windows user and same solid caps and qualities.

    I have bought 3 boards after GMT and all of em were not-gigabytes for that reason.

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  • Tgui
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    Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
    Very NICE review, but I have only one to note:


    GIGABYTE IS CRAP.
    All my gigabyte motherboards have worked great!

    Leave a comment:

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