Summary: I had an 8 year old desktop die, but I didn't want to chuck the whole thing because its mATX case was really nice. On the other hand, I didn't want to spend much on turning the case into a decent general-purpose system for light usage as a non-primary computer. This product worked perfectly.
Summary: I use it for a FreeNas box. It works great. Been using it for freenas for about a year now and have had zero issues. I did use it for XBMC Media Center for a few months and it worked great for that too! Asus makes great boards!
Summary: This board has everything a "pro" board should have squeezed into a very small space. eSATA, USB 3.0, SATA 3. And the BIOS is very easy to use for even a beginner. If I had to look for faults the only one I could find is the included CPU fan. The power connection on the board is for a 4 pin CPU fan.
Summary: With its 5 internal SATA III ports and low power consumption this motherboard makes a great home file server. It does not include Fake RAID so you'll have to use software RAID. This shouldn't really be an issue unless you're looking to dual-boot, which probably shouldn't be a concern for a file...
Makes nice low power home file server board and DVR
Chad E. Chenault "Chad Chenault", Amazon
28 January 2012
Summary: I use it as a home file server on 24 hours a day and run Ubuntu Linux on it. I added a sata pciE card to increase the number of hard drives. I wish it had more sata ports on board. It runs very quiet and stable. Update 12/27/2012.
Summary: I'm currently using this board in my home server, running Xen and a pair of Debian VMs. I have an old Dell PERC5/i RAID controller in the 16x PCIe slot and had no problems with it being recognized. All the hardware was recognized out-of-the-box using the current version of XenServer.
Summary: Never billed as a "cutting edge" system, this board is perfect for any basic home use. I have used 2, one for a home server and a second for my system which I use for for the web and email. I also run all of my digital photography on it. and it works great with a set of full memory.