Summary: This board is handy, but I wouldn't try to use it as an HTPC. There simply is not enough horsepower to play back Bluray content. Otherwise, one of my favorite applications for this board is as an all-in-one small business edge/server device. I'll typically put this in a small case with an SSD and a platter drive, and install ESXi with a pfSense VM, an Ubuntu Server VM, and a Windows VM. It makes a great value-oriented small business router/firewall/VPN/backup device.