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HP Pavilion Media Center m8530f Desktop PC Product Specifications

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Release date


Country/region sold in

  • United States
  • Canada


Figure 1: Motherboard top view
Image of motherboard
  • Manufacturer: ASUS
  • Form factor: Micro-ATX: 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
  • Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 9100
  • Memory sockets: 4 x DDR2
  • Front side bus speeds: 5200MT/s (5.2 GT/s)
  • Processor socket: AM2+
  • Expansion Slots:
    • 1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
    • 3 PCI Express x1 slots
    • Supports an optional PCI extender card providing two PCI slots
  • For more details, see Viola motherboard specifications .


Figure 2: AMD Phenom logo
Image of AMD Phenom logo
  • Operating speed: Up to 2.2 GHz
  • Number of cores: 4
  • Socket: AM2+
  • Bus speed: 3600 MHz HT3
Socket type: AM2+
TDP: 125 watt
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
  • Phenom with Quad Core (Agena) technology 9xxx series (AM2+) up to 9700 (up to 125 watt)
  • Phenom with Triple-Core (Toliman) technology 8xxx series (AM2+) up to 8xxx (up to 125 watt)
  • Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology (AM2) up to 6400+ (up to 125 watt)


  • Amount: 5 GB
  • Speed: PC2-6400 MB/sec
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
  • Supported DIMM types:
    • PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    • PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
    • PC2-8500 (1066 MHz)*
    NOTE:HP does not recommend using PC2-8500. This motherboard can support only one PC2-8500 DIMM per channel (2 DIMMS total), which limits the maximum memory.
  • Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
  • Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
  • Supports up to 8 GB on 64 bit PCs
  • Supports up to 4 GB* on 32 bit PCs
NOTE:*Actual available memory may be less

Video graphics

Figure 3: Video card
Image of video card
Figure 4: Ports
Image of video card bracket showing ports
1 - HDMI
2 - DVI-I (single-link)*
* VGA using included DVI-to-VGA adapter
  • Interface: PCI Express x16
  • Maximum resolution:
    • HDMI TV resolution: up to 1080p*
    • HDMI PC resolution: 2048x1536 at 75 Hz
    • DVI TV resolution: up to 1080p*
    • DVI PC resolution (single-link): 1920x1200 at 60 Hz
    • VGA resolution: 2048x1536 at 85 Hz
      * Use NVIDIA software to optimize display
  • 256 MB onboard memory
  • Supports two displays at the same time
  • Supports HDCP
*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
  • Integrated graphics using nVidia GeForce 8200
  • Supports concurrent use of dual displays connected to onboard DVI and VGA connectors.
  • Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards as independent graphics adapters.


*Integrated audio is not available if a sound card is installed.
  • Audio CODEC: Realtek ALC888S
  • 8 channel high-definition audio


  • Interface: Integrated into motherboard
  • Technology: Realtek RTL8211B-GR
  • Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100/100 Mb/s (Gigabit Ethernet) LAN NOTE: Gigabit Ethernet is backwards compatible with 10/100 Mb/s network hardware.
  • Transmission standards: 1000-Base-T Ethernet
Figure 5: Modem card side view
 Image of modem card
  • Interface: PCI-e 1.1
  • Data transfer speeds: up to 56 kbps for V.92 connections*
  • Transmission standards: V.92, V.90, V.44, V.34*
    * Features must supported by the ISP at time of connection.

Hard drive

Figure 6: Hard drive
Image of hard drive
  • Size: 750 GB
  • Interface: SATA
  • Transfer rating: 3.0 Gb/sec
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM

CD/DVD disc drive

Figure 7: Optical Drive
Image of the optical drive
  • Interface: SATA
  • Data buffer memory: 2 MB
  • Maximum storage capacity: 8.5 GB
  • Must use Double-Layer media discs in order to take advantage of the DL technology
  • Must use LightScribe-enabled media discs and supporting software in order to take advantage of the LightScribe technology
FunctionMaximum speed
DVD-RAMup to 12x
DVD+R DL write once up to 8x
DVD-R DL write onceup to 8x
DVD+R write onceup to 16x
DVD+RW rewriteableup to 8x
DVD-R write onceup to 16x
DVD-RW rewriteableup to 6x
DVD-ROM readup to 16x
CDR write onceup to 40x
CDRW rewriteableup to 32x
CDROM readup to 40x

Memory Card Reader

Figure 8: View of memory card reader
Image of card reader
Supports the following cards:
  • Compact Flash I
  • Compact Flash II
  • IBM Microdrive
  • Memory Stick (MS)
  • Memory Stick Duo
  • Memory Stick Pro (PRO)
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • MultiMediaCard Mobile (MMC mobile)
  • MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC plus)
  • Reduced size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
  • Secure Digital (SD)
  • Secure Digital miniSD (Mini)
  • SmartMedia
  • xD Picture Card (xD)

Computer Case

Bay Total Bays*
13.33 cm (5.25 inch) 2
8.89 cm (3.5 inch) 1
Personal Media Drive 1
* Bays may be occupied by existing hardware.

Power Supply

350W power supply

I/O Ports

  • 1394: 1
  • USB: 2
  • Headphone: 1
  • Microphone: 1
Figure 9: Back I/O panel
1 - PS/2 mouse (green)
2 - SPDIF coaxial out
3 - Video Graphics Adapter
4 - IEEE 1394
5 - RJ-45 Network (LAN)
6 - Audio: Center/Subwoofer (yellow orange)
7 - Audio: Rear Speaker Out (black)
8 - Audio: Line In (light blue)
9 - Audio: Line Out (lime)
10 - Audio: Microphone (pink)
11 - Audio: Side Speaker Out (gray)
12 - USB 2.0: 4
13 - DVI
14 - PS/2 keyboard (purple)

Keyboard, mouse and input devices

Figure 10: Top view of keyboard
Image of the keyboard
  • Interface Type: PS/2
  • Cable length: 2 meters (78.74 inches)
  • Special buttons:
      • HP Club: launches My HP Club Website
      • Internet: launches a Website like Yahoo
      • E-mail: launches a Website like Yahoo Mail
      • Search: launches an Internet search Website
      • Info: launches Help and Support application
      • Eject 1 and Eject 2
      • Burn CD/DVD: launches a CD/DVD record application (depends on application installed on the individual system)
      • Scan previous track
      • Play/pause
      • Scan next track
      • Stop
      • Volume control
      • Mute
A keyboard kit for French Canada to enhance the keyboard experience when using this computer with the French language.
Figure 11: Top view of mouse
HP PS/2 optical mouse
  • Interface: PS/2
  • Buttons: left (select), right (context menu), scroll wheel (scroll up/scroll down)


NOTE:HP provides basic support for software that comes with the computer. For in-depth feature assistance, refer to the help section in the software or on the software vendor's Web site.
Software CategorySoftware TitleSupported by HP Application Recovery
Operating System
  • Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Media Center (64-bit) with Vista Service Pack 1
  • No
  • Windows Movie Maker & Windows DVD Maker
  • CyberLink DVD Suite 5
  • LightScribe Template Labeler
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
Entertainment, Music & Games
  • My HP Games
  • No
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Works 9
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 Trial
  • No
  • Yes
  • No
Imaging, Photography, Video & Film
  • Muvee autoProducer Basic
  • Yes
  • Norton Internet Security 2008 (60-day security update subscription)
  • Yes
  • HP Total Care Advisor
  • HP Hardware Diagnostic Tools
  • Help & Support Center
  • Online documentation
  • No
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • HP Recovery Manager
  • No
Internet Solutions
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Yahoo toolbar
  • ISP offers
  • No
  • No
  • No
HP Partner offers (may vary)
  • Snapfish PictureMover (US only)
  • Yes
NOTE: This support document provides specifications and component images that reflect the original design intention for all PCs of this model. Under certain circumstances, a factory or service provider may install a component that meets or exceeds the listed specification and/or appears different than the image shown.

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