Great for Home Server but if you need more horsepower look for other options!
Kirk Steinklauber, Amazon
17 November 2014
Summary: Great board and product. Today I miss to not have more horsepower but at that time it was the right choice for me for the price point. I am still using it as home server and works 24x7x365 without an issue
power sipping and good enough for all but the most picky videophiles (and streaming video users)
plonk420 "music, music video, computer freak", Amazon
7 October 2013
Summary: this is a near perfect HTPC device. i have this in a SilverStone ML03B case with an Arctic Cooling 120mm PWM fan blowing down on the heat sink to cool it. it's ridiculously quiet. via the right player, you can offload pretty much all h.264 decoding to GPU.
Summary: Overall a great board, just don't expect it to fill a role it wasn't meant for. Microatx makes for a nice portable form factor and it can be tucked easily away into a theater shelf, given the right case.
Pros: Bought it primarily to build a HTPC. It serves that function flawlessly. With an SSD and its large heatsink, it is nearly without moving parts. The only fan is in the power supply, which is unavoidable. As a result, it runs perfectly silent.
Cons: I would have expected it to run some lower-end games a bit better with its 6310 gpu, but it was crippled by even fairly undemanding games.
Summary: For a budget build such as mine, it works really great and all my geek friends say I've got a great rig for the price.... However if you could afford a better board that doesn't use an APU, I would suggest going that route for the sake of more power and upgrades in the future.
Pros: Decent price and saves you time having to mess with heatsinks and grease, and overall not a bad board for what it costs. Able to overclock slightly through BIOS.
Cons: Not able to upgrade CPU (uses an APU) and has trouble keeping up with intense graphics (slow APU), cannot overclock much (.2 GHz over factory).
Summary: Used for an always-on HTPC/DVR where it replace a much faster 4450e. Runs very stable with W8 beta. I sort of wish I could try to make a G530 fan-less system, but too late. All those fancy USB/SATA III connectors are sort of a waste on this system.
Pros: Has all the connectors you'd want on a micro-ATX board. Can be run fan-less.
Cons: Slow. To be run fan-less, performance has to be turned down.
Summary: Used as a base for a pfSense firewall appliance supporting 5 network adapters (3 single cards and 1 double). Wasn't planning on using the internal Realtek NIC anyway as pfSense recommends Intel adapters, but I was surprised when pfSense (BSD 8.1) couldn't differentiate between the internal adapter...
Pros: Nice small, low power and heat MB for appliance type applications. Lots of slots for NICs and other goodies.
Cons: Won't boot from USB device, such as CDROM or memory stick. BIOS setup wouldn't respond to my wired mouse or USB mouse, so it appears that there's no firmware USB support in spite of enough USB ports to do anything you might need. Conflict between internal network adapter and PCI-X network card - ...