The Inspiron 530s is a slim-case desktop PC from Dell aimed at the general computer user. It features a polished metal design and can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Inside the case is hardware well-suited for both multimedia entertainment and office work. The motherboard included with the Inspiron 530s offers plenty of options for upgrading, although an overview of its specifications reveals it is plenty powerful out of the box.
The motherboard in the Dell 530s uses the Intel G33 Express chipset with a 800MHz system bus speed. It supports the Intel Core 2 processor family, including the dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo and the quad-core Intel 2 Quad processors. Other features of the chipset include dual-channel DDR3 memory support for 64-bit operating systems, integrated graphics acceleration for DirectX and OpenGL and PCI Express (PCIe) support.
The Dell Inspiron 530s motherboard comes with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 2.5 GHz processor. Dual-core processors contain two separate computer processors in one chassis. The processors act independently, although some software can draw on both at once. While they share the computer's RAM, each core has access to its own cache memory for common and frequent instructions. Both cores of the E5200 processor operate at 2.5 GHz and have 1 MB of cache memory.
The Dell Inspiron 530s motherboard comes with two 1 GB memory sticks already installed and can support up to 4 GB of RAM. The memory sticks are DDR2 SDRAM with 667MHz speed and are compliant with the PC2-5300 specification. Installing memory with different speeds or specifications will impair computer performance. The motherboard has four 240-pin DIMM memory slots and features a dual-channel architecture, which means memory sticks must be installed in pairs to function.
The expansion slots of a motherboard allow for the installation of separate sound cards, graphics cards and other adaptor cards. Adding cards to a computer increases the draw on the power supply, but improves system performance by lessening the workload of the processor. The Dell Inspiron 530s motherboard features two PCI slots, a PCIe x1 slot, and a PCIe x16 slot. The PCIe x16 is allocated for graphics cards in the factory build of the Dell Inspiron 530s.