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HP Pavilion Media Center m8330f Desktop PC Product Specifications

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Release date


Country/region sold in

  • US

  • Canada


M2N68-LA (Narra3)

Figure 1: Motherboard top view

Image of motherboard
  • Manufacturer: Asus

  • Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)

  • Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

  • Memory sockets: 4 x DDR2

  • Front side bus speeds: 2000MT/s (2.0 GT/s)

  • Processor socket: AM2+

  • Expansion Slots:

    • 1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card

    • 2 PCI Express x1 slots

    • 1 PCI slot

  • For more details, see Narra3 motherboard specifications .


AMD Phenom X4 9500

Figure 2: AMD Phenom 64 logo

Image of AMD logo
  • Operating speed: Up to 2.2 GHz

  • Number of cores: 4

  • Socket: AM2+

  • Bus speed: 3600 MHz HT3 (clocked down to 2000 MHz)

Processor upgrade information

Socket type: AM2+

Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

  • Phenom with Quad Core (Agena) technology (AM2+) up to 9600 (up to 95 watt)

  • Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology X2 up to 5600+ (up to 89 watt)

  • Athlon 64 less than 4000+

  • Sempron less than 3800+


3 GB

  • Amount: 3 GB

  • Speed: PC2-5300 MB/sec

Memory upgrade information

  • Dual channel memory architecture

  • Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets

  • Supported DIMM types:

    • PC2-5300 (667 MHz)

    • PC2-6400 (800 MHz)

  • 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

    • 32 bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

Video graphics

GeForce 8500GT

Figure 3: Video card

image of graphics card

Figure 4: Ports

Image of graphics card ports
1 - S-Video out (analog, video only)
2 - HDMI out (digital, audio and video)
3 - DVI-I out (digital, video only)
  • Interface: PCI Express x16

  • Maximum resolution:
    • HDMI: up to 1080p

    • DVI (dual-link capable): 2560x1600 @ 75 Hz

    • TV out (S-Video or Composite Video): 480i NTSC and PAL (standard definition only)

  • Onboard memory: 256 MB

  • Does not support two displays at the same time

  • Supports HDCP

Integrated graphics using nVidia GeForce 6150SE

*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.

  • Integrated graphics using nVidia GeForce 6150SE

  • Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards*


Integrated Realtek ALC888S Audio

  • 8 channel high-definition audio

  • Audio CODEC: ALC888S



Figure 5: TV Tuner card top view

 Image of TV tuner card

Figure 6: Ports

 Image of available ports on TV tuner card bracket
1 - FM Radio
2 - Coaxial NTSC (analog TV in)
3 - Coaxial ATSC (digital TV in)
4 - S-Video in (S-Vid)
5 - Left audio in (L)
6 - Right audio in (R)
  • Interface: PCI Express x1

  • Supported transmission standards:

    • Supported transmission standards:

      • ATSC (digital)*

      • NTSC (analog)

      * Requires an antenna

    • Both ATSC and NTSC connections can be used at the same time.

    • A 10-pin header on the card provides additional S-Video, composite video, and audio inputs for multimedia connections on the front of some PC cases.


LAN: 10-Base-T

  • Interface: Integrated into motherboard

  • Technology: Realtek RTL8201N

  • Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100Mb/s

  • Transmission standards:10-Base-T Ethernet

Modem: 56K WinModem

Figure 7: Modem card side view

 Image of modem card
  • Interface: PCI 2.2

  • 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

640 GB (2 x 320 GB)

Figure 8: Hard drive

  • Size: 640 GB (2 x 320 GB drives)

  • Interface: SATA

  • Transfer rating: 3.0 Gb/sec

  • Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM

CD/DVD disc drive

SuperMulti 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW 12X RAM (+/-)R DL LightScribe SATA drive

Figure 9: 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

Maximum speed
up to 12x
DVD+R DL write once
up to 8x
DVD-R DL write once
up to 8x
DVD+R write once
up to 16x
DVD+RW rewriteable
up to 8x
DVD-R write once
up to 16x
DVD-RW rewriteable
up to 6x
DVD-ROM read
up to 16x
CDR write once
up to 40x
CDRW rewriteable
up to 32x
CDROM read
up to 40x

Memory Card Reader

15-in-1 multimedia card reader

Figure 10: 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

Mid-size ATX

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

Power Supply


300W power supply

I/O Ports

Front I/O ports

  • 1394: 1

  • USB: 2

  • Headphone: 1

  • Microphone: 1

  • Audio L-R: 1

  • S-video in: 1

  • Composite video in: 1

Back I/O ports

Figure 11: 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 - PS/2 keyboard (purple)

Keyboard, mouse and input devices

HP multimedia keyboard

Figure 12: Top view of keyboard

Image of the keyboard
  • Interface Type: PS/2

  • Cable length: 2 meters (78.74 inches)

  • Special buttons:

    • Internet buttons (requires Internet connection)

      • 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

    • Media control buttons:

      • 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

    • Audio control buttons:

      • Volume control

      • Mute

Quebec Keyboard Kit

A keyboard kit for French Canada to enhance the keyboard experience when using this computer with the French language.

HP PS/2 optical mouse

Figure 13: Top view of mouse

HP PS/2 optical mouse
  • Interface: PS/2

  • Buttons: left (select), right (context menu), scroll wheel (scroll up/scroll down)

Remote control and receiver for Windows Media Center

Figure 14: View of remote control

Image of remote control
  • Infrared remote control

  • External IR receiver

  • Compatible with Windows Media Center


Titles that shipped with PC

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 Category
Software Title
Supported by HP Application Recovery
Operating System
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)

  • Windows Media Center

  • No

  • No

  • Windows Movie Maker & Windows DVD Maker

  • CyberLink DVD Suite 5

  • LightScribe Template Labeler

  • No

  • Yes

  • Yes

Entertainment, Music & Games
  • My HP Games (not available in French Canada)

  • Yes

  • Adobe Reader

  • Microsoft Works 9

  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 Trial

  • Yes

  • Yes

  • No

Imaging, Photography, Video & Film
  • HP Photosmart Essential 2

  • muvee autoProducer Basic

  • Yes

  • Yes

  • Norton Internet Security 2008 (60-day security update subscription)

  • Yes

  • HP Total Care Advisor (not available in French Canada)

  • HP Hardware Diagnostic Tools

  • Help & Support Center

  • Online documentation

  • No

  • Yes

  • No

  • No

  • HP Recovery Manager

  • Recovery Disc Creator

  • No

  • 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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