The ASUS M2A-VM HDMI Socket AM2 Just Might Be The HTPC Solution/Deal You Want!
21 July 2013
Summary: Written by me and first published: Nov 08 '07 Product Rating: Pros: Built-in video, AM2, HDMI, S-Video, DVI, D-sub, and a list that doesn't stop. Cons: BIOS updating The Bottom Line: If you're not looking to do everything you could possibly ever think of with a computer, this lower priced motherboard may be exactly what you're looking for. Interested in some low dollar computer performance that will shock everyone with how little you spent?
Summary: I purchased a barebone kit from another site and built my first "new" computer last Christmas. That motherboard's rear USB buses worked for a few days off and on and then quit. Instead of pulling it back out I decided to do a work around and install a PCI USB card because I needed all four USB buses. Then the two front USB buses quit working and I had to return that board. I checked Amazon and found this motherboard.
Summary: I bought this motherboard in 2007 to act as a base for a media center PC. It was one of the cheapest boards at the time that came with an HDMI out connection (w/o having to buy extra video hardware), so this board was a no brainer for me. Almost 3 years later, I decided to turn my media center PC into a hardcore gaming machine that would be able to play games like COD4, Crysis: Warhead, and Aion at max settings. As the computer currently stands, all I have to say is wow!
Pros: Supports up to 8GB of DDR2 Ram which is great for Video, Sound, Photo, or any other editing you can think of. The Sound card onboard is wounderful! It already supports up to a 8 Channel Sound System!
Cons: If your a gammer you better buy a new pci-e 16x video card. The ATI X 1250 is good if you don't game, but it sucks if you want to play anything new games like F.E.A.R 1 or 2, the best game with high detail I could play on this is Second Sight.
Summary: I've had this motherboard installed for about two months, and it has so far been great. It's not a high-end board, but if the features match what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. Some key things to keep in mind: 1) There is only 1 IDE channel, so you can only use 2 older IDE devices. 2) There are 4 SATA ports on this motherboard, and RAID support is limited.
Summary: Inexpensive "all-in-one" motherboards typically do not deliver great performance. But, I've found this one to be an exception. I'm using it in a media center PC with an AMD X2 3.0 Ghz processor and 2GB of RAM and running 64 bit Vista Premium Edition. -It is 100% compatible with Vista and delivers quick, flawless performance. -The onboard graphics capabilities are very good.
Summary: I bought this elsewhere. The price was about the same as Amazon. It worked fine right out of the box and I am happy with it. The reason for my comment is just a word of warning. The default video setting is DVI. So if you don't have a DVI-D connector on your monitor, it will look like the board is defective. BTW, you don't need the $79.00 gold plated DVI cable that Circutit City sells (grrrr). My $20 cable works just fine.