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Build Your Own Mini-PC for $80

Conclusion: Sufficient Performance in Special Cases

In the end, we can say that this board is only suited to a few specific scenarios. Compared to current desktop systems, our Celeron-based mini-PC looks and feels underpowered. In part this is due to the chipset, whose single-channel memory interface makes it a bottleneck.

Therefore, the system is only a good choice for applications that don’t require a large amount of processing power. For example, you could use it as a DIY Internet router or as a replacement for your old mechanical typewriter. Alternatively, it makes a decent control box and wouldn’t do badly as a car PC.

We can’t really say that the board’s power consumption was especially low—an AMD 780G board paired with a Sempron processor draws even less power when idle. On top of that, the AMD system offers markedly better performance and can even decode HD video content thanks to its 780G chipset graphics.

All things considered, the only real argument in favor of this board is its affordable price. After all, you’re getting a motherboard with integrated graphics and a CPU for around $80. However, in our opinion you should only spend the money if you really need such a small board and won’t be running any CPU-heavy applications. If flexibility and expandability are on your list, you’re better off looking for an affordable micro-ATX board.