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. with 8 GBs of ram installed. I thought there would be a USB 3 plug, but that was my confusion when shopping around for mobo's & hardly anybody else's fault but my own.
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: 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 it solves all my connection issues in one, compact solution.
Summary: Bought this to build a storage box, and it's really solid so far. I've had some video driver issues with the latest Debian wheezy, but it worked fine with Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (12.04) and Debian 6 (squeeze). If I figure out what the issue is, I'll come back and update this review, but since I'm using this in a headless system, I might not bother.
Summary: I've been using this as a very basic HTPC in the bedroom. Overall this unit works as it should. Keep in mind that it is buit upon lower end hardware so don' expect miracles. If you need a simple all in one board, this is the board to get.
Summary: I bought this to build a new linux box (ubuntu), and start off a serious file server. I have this machine on 24/7 and have experienced very few problems so far. It seems to do everything that its specs suggest - though i'm not being too demanding on it since it is just a big storage box to hang off of my gigabit ethernet network. I can get sustained writes of about 85-90 MB/sec, but i think i'm limited by my HD array more than anything else.
Summary: I had a Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player . That was useful, but not so flexible as a full fledged computer. So I wanted to build my own HTPC for connecting to my TV ( TCL L40FHDF11TA 40-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV with 2-Year Warranty, Black ). This is my configuration for the HTPC: MI-008 Tower Black P4 Chassis with 250W Itx Psu+sata Power Supply Kingston ValueRAM 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL7 DIMM Desktop Memory ASRock AMD E-350 Dual-Core/AMD...
Summary: I wanted this for an HTPC (my old mobo blew up). the stock fan is a bit noisy, however I have lowered the stock speed and it runs quieter without getting over hot. Ideal board for an HTPC, running W7 and xbmc without a problem, videos are smooth to play. I have coupled it with an SSD and 2 x 2gig RAM.