Summary: This is a great motherboard. The reason for four stars instead of three is that the Raid support is a combination of software and hardware -- not fully hardware. This means that you cannot create a raid mirror after you install the operating system. You have to create the Raid mirror as part of the operating system installation. Motherboards that implement hardware only Raid support do not have this restriction.
Summary: I just spent a weekend building a XP Media Center 2005 PC using this mini-ATX board. It has everything: HDMI output, optical digital audio output, and built-in ATI HD3200 video with Avivo. Just run HDMI to your TV/monitor for video and the optical digital to your receiver for Dolby Digital...no need to buy an add-on sound or video card. If you want coaxial digital audio you can fabricate a RCA jack with two wires directly to the SPDIF jack on the board.