Summary: My solution to the NIC issues was to add in a PCI-E quad port, but both cards I had didn't work. I was able to get an intel dual port 1gb card to work, but required an older bios version and very specific settings.
Pros: 6 sata ports make this an extremely cost effective storage server solution. Runs cool with no noise (mine doesn't whine like others have reported). Running FreeNAS with 8gb of RAM as an iscsi target.
Cons: onboard NIC = JUNK! Constantly loses connectivity and requires a cold restart to bring the NIC back to life. PCI-E port is also very finicky when it comes to anything other than gfx cards
Pros: Cheap and quiet, solid quality, good BIOS. Does most everything well as a HTPC, except Netflix!
Cons: Not enough CPU power to handle Netflix streaming in HD. The movie turns into a slideshow. I realize the main reason is because of MS Silverlight only relying on CPU power, still, I thought a Dual-Core would be able to handle it. I now have to upgrade to a more powerful solution. I could have done...
Pros: 6 SATA ports. low power, small form factor, what's not to like? Installed the newer Debain based Open Media Vault NAS software on it and it works great with speeds (depending on file size) from 30MB/s to 90MB/s over SMB with 2TB RAID1 arrays. This motherboard is a workhorse.
Cons: The lack of a HDMI port if you wanted to use it as a HTPC. That is the only reason why one egg was removed.
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.
Summary: Als Arbeitsrechner (surfen, Videos schauen, Office Software) taugt das Board bedingt, solange man nicht mit Archiven hantiert. Hier fehlt dem Prozi erwartungsgemäß die nötige Power, und das Arbeiten wird zur leichten Qual.