I was hoping to score a uATX board with the highly rated mainstream P35 chipset. I plan on using a cheap GFX card like the HD3450 or 8500GT. But, it appears, according to Newegg at least, that there aren't any uATX boards with the P35 chipset.
How does the G33 and/or the G35 chipset compare to the P35-based boards? Am I better off with anything else if going the dedicated graphics route on a uATX board? It seems the nVidia 7100/7150 boards are bit crippled with their single channel memory compared to the G33/G35 boards.
OK, thanks. That's what I thought. So, if I wanted low-power, efficient, Intel-based uATX board, a low-cost G33 (or G31 or G35) would be the way to go with, say, a HD3470 (for the best post-processing GPU)?
Or, are the other Intel-based chipsets considered to more efficient?
Yeah, if you want a mATX with a discrete video card for the Intel platform, G31/G33 + HD 3470 is the best low-cost solution right now. GeForce 7100/7150 + discrete graphics is also cheap/good for video playback, but some does not like single-channel memory.
A few months later, more powerful chipsets (G45, MCP7A) will be released and you won't need a discrete graphics for video playback.
Lastly, do you know if there would be any advantages of the HD3470 over its predecessor, the HD2400XT, both in terms of HA and video post-processing?
According to AMD, HD 3470 should outperform HD 2400 XT in post-processing ("The first value segment graphics board to yield an HD HQV score including noise reduction test, without ghosting artifacts").
I'm in the process of putting together an HTPC using the MSI G33M-FI G33 mATX motherboard along with an E2200 CPU, an ATI 3450 based video card and the LG HDDVD\\Bluray combo drive. I liked the back panel connectivity on the motherboard. I've had no problems at all with this board and can certainly recommend it.
So far I've installed Vista Ultimate SP1 but I'm awaiting some more memory before trying Bluray playback.
Yeah, that's the one I was thinking of too. It seems to offer the best bang for buck in that category.
I'm still on the fence with a full size ATX or uATX. I have my heart set on a full size case, but I don't need all the extra slots either. There are more choices for full size ATX boards, but the P35 boards with firewire are more expensive than this board. I *could* always add firewire, but I just don't want to add a card. It seems crazy so many boards do not come with a measly firewire port!