Summary: I needed to add a HDMI port to an older computer. I was a little worried because I was installing this on an Intel motherboard that did not have PCI Express 2.0. I read that most cards are backwards compatible and thankfully this was the case. The installation was fairly straight forward and I was able to get this card up and running on Windows XP.
Summary: I generally do not buy Asus products because I have been screwed by their lack to warranty products in the past, but I wanted an inexpensive low-profile card to put into my bedroom HTPC. It uses one of the AMD APU processors that also processes the graphics. I figured I might get better performance with a separate board since most onboard video solutions are very poor. So I picked up this card for $35 because it is low-profile and fanless.
Summary: Inexpensive, fast, and compatible with Linux. This is just a cheapish video card that I wanted to throw into an old machine that I was going to run using Linux. The responsiveness is amazing. VERY fast. Mind you I am not playing games with this card. But as a desktop/office video card it works extremely well and I can hardly see how you can go wrong. One thing that I wasn't quite expecting, the heat sink is gigantic. You can kind of see that in the picture.
Summary: Using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, this unit works well for HD video etc. No issues with driver etc, just plug and go. I have not tested this on Windows. (Why bother...) Just wanted to let all the Linix folks out there know it works well.
Great choice for Ubuntu: inexpensive, quiet, compatible
17 July 2014
Summary: Great choice for Ubuntu 14.04 desktop machine (Optiplex 980). System automatically recognized the card, which worked fine with the default Ubuntu Nouveau drivers. Ugraded to the nVidia linux drivers; no problems there, either. Performance is more than adequate for typical desktop applications including Netflix, Youtube @720p, etc.
Summary: If you're putting this in a computer from the Core2Duo era or older it will probably be at least a slight improvement over the integrated graphics. But don't bother putting this in a 2013-2014 desktop (or probably even 2011 up) as even most Intel HD integrated graphics are more powerful now. Don't let the 1GB of ram sway you, this is not even fast enough to use it all, it's a marketing gimmick and nothing more.
Summary: I have this connected to my 70" Sony LCD. When I start a video (like a youtube video) it takes about 2-3 seconds for the audio to un-mute. I'm not sure if this is an issue with the graphics card or the Sony or some combination of both. A web search seems to indicate this board is the problem. So I never hear any of the Windows system beeps and pops anymore -- they are all too short for the audio to un-mute.
Summary: Since I bought this, I figured out what they mean by low profile: I'ts the distance that the card rises off the motherboard. Since I installed this in a mid-tower case that doesn't make any difference. But the baffles on the heatsink stick out so far that they block off the adjacent pcie1 slot. Otherwise the card is perfect. I would give it five stars except for this.