Summary: I gave this mobo a four star only because as a Linux user, the built in ATI video controller does not have a suitable matching driver for it. I only had to utilize the pciex slot to install a Nvidia card I had from my old build. Everything is fine, and I have more than enough power for my needs.
Summary: the first one would not support any video. after returning it I purchased different memory (DDR3 8 Gb the first time, DDR3 4Gb the second) the replacement motherboard would not accept the 8Gb either ? it's suppose to support 16Gb but ?
Summary: This is an update to my 5-star feedback post. I use this build as a home server running NAS4Free 220.127.116.11 Sandstorm. It's on 24/7, and I haven't turned it off for more than a few hours at a time for the last 15 months.
Pros: Price and value. Low power consumption. Fully compatible with NAS4Free and FreeBSD 9.1
Cons: Realtek 8111E Onboard NIC recently failed. It refuses to maintain a connection to the switch. When the connection is restored, it dies as soon as I try to access the computer.
Summary: I purchased this to power a small form factor home entertainment PC. The main purpose was to run YouTube at 1080p on a 65" LED. The first build resulted in major lag running YouTube videos at 1080p with the resolution at 1920. Audio is okay, but video couldn't quite keep up.
Pros: Small. Supports lots of RAM. Integrated HDMI, both audio and video. Capacitors appear quite solid
Summary: The Ethernet port will not run on 32bit Fedora. This board replaced one running 32bit Fedora 17. Couldn't get ethernet to work on previous OS. As last resort put USB thumb drive with X86_64 live distro and it worked. So, had to reinstall OS, but all seems good now.
Pros: Use in a fileserver (Chenbro ES34169 case, 4 SATA 3.0 Drives). Runs Fedora 19, x86_64, 8GB memory. Runs headless; no keyboard, mouse nor monitor.
Cons: None so far. This runs 24x7 as a fileserver, so if there are issues, I should find them relatively soon. So below for comments on 32bit ethernet. That issue cost my review 1 egg.
Summary: Bought this all-in-one gem for a dedicated HTPC build for a convention I work at and was very happy overall with the build and quality of this board. Not only does it integrate all the standard video connectors (VGA, DVI, and HDMI) but it also has 7.1 sound and even a digital out via spdif, too so...
Summary: Purchasing a low end graphics card may be necessary for alot of HD video streaming, but even with that, still a very good deal. Had that not been an issue, I would have given 5 stars.
Pros: Excellent motherboard/CPU combo for the price. Posted correctly the first time, haven't had any issues since purchase. All the useful ports on this motherboard are again outstanding for the price. It's quiet and rarely ever gets too hot even under great demand. The dual core processor works for g...
Cons: The APU can't handle HD video at a decent frame rate and the motherboard reserves 1.3 GB of ram for hardware, however I believe that issue can be fixed, in terms of the ram.
Summary: Wanted low power usage, got low power usage. Wanted enough SATA ports, got enough SATA ports. Good value.
Pros: Extraordinarily tiny motherboard. Plugged everything in and it started up flawlessly first try. BIOS is good. Minute power usage.
Cons: It's astonishingly slow compared to a nearly 10 year old rackmount server I have. Granted the rackmount server is a dual-dual-core Xeon monster, and this board is supposed to be a low cost solution, but I'd gotten used to high speed compilation.