Released in 2007, the Dell Inspiron 531 was a mid-range desktop PC from computer technology company Dell, designed for home-based users who needed a machine adequate for their basic computing needs. Its "heart," or motherboard, is called the Dell RY206. You can fetch this component at a price range of around $100 to $150 from most online retail outlets as of 2011.
The Dell RY206 has a Socket AM2, a central processing unit socket that semiconductor company AMD introduced in 2006 for some members of four of its processor brands. The Inspiron 531 either has a single-core CPU from the low-end Sempron brand, or a single- or dual-core CPU from the 64-bit Athlon 64 brand. The Level 2 cache -- a secondary memory bank that provides high-speed access to computer data -- is up to 2MB on the dual-core Athlon 64, 512KB on the single-core version and up to 256KB on the Sempron.
Each Dell Inspiron 531 motherboard offers four dual inline memory module slots for the desktop's system memory. It's based on DDR2 SDRAM, and the memory access speed is set at 667MHz or 800MHz. Pre-installed RAM is usually set at 512MB or 1GB. You can fill up all four DIMM slots to reach the motherboard's maximum memory capacity of 4GB.
Audio, Video/Graphics, Expansion
The Dell RY206 has an integrated 7.1-channel Realtec ALC888 driver for the Dell Inspiron 531's audio. Video and graphics capabilities come from its Nvidia MCP 61 chipset. For expansion cards, the motherboard offers a Peripheral Component Interconnect slot with a 32-bit connector data width, a one-lane PCI Express slot and a 16-lane PCI Express slot. The conventional PCI slot offers a 133MBps speed, and the PCI Express x1 has a 500MBps bidirectional speed, while the x16 PCI Express surpasses them all with an 8GBps bidirectional speed.
Built into the Dell Inspiron 531 motherboard is an Ethernet network adapter that offers up to 100Mbps in data transfer. Also included among its connectors are four USB 2.0 ports, which have a peak data transfer rate of 480Mbps; four Serial Advanced Technology Attachment interfaces with 1.5Gbps or 3Gbps speeds, a floppy drive connector, floppy drive, processor fan and chassis fan connectors and two power connectors.
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