Summary: I bought this for my first system build. It runs Ubuntu pretty well (with no visual effects, of course), and I am still amazed by its silence; the only sound I hear when the system is running are occasional grunts coming from my hard drive!
Pros: As a simple, inexpensive solution to accomplish basic computing tasks, this motherboard/CPU/VGA combo does the trick. Its low power consumption and silent operation make it well suited to a web terminal application.
Cons: Although I knew this going in, I still have to say that this hardware is... anemic... at best. YouTube videos are about the most advanced multimedia task you can do with this (it occasionally struggles to play them at all). Not a con if you have a specific, low intensity application in mind.
Summary: Newegg took care of all the problems. (+4 stars for Newegg) Calling the manufacture's help line sent me to a support line that didn't answer, that forwarded to what it called an operator, that forwarded back to the help line.
Pros: By all means the mobo looked like a good deal.
Cons: 1st DOA, 2nd failed after first reboot. I'm hoping it was just a bad batch.
Summary: I have had a few via products, mother boards, notebook, cpu, gpu, etc. I knew what I was getting into when I purchased this for a friend who wanted a quiet pc. I was not surprised to find this could only do so little.
Pros: - it will work - better than most other via based products
Cons: - slow - does not support anything other than win xp - weird "via only" problems - barely working - expensive compare to similar offering from amd and intel...yes intel too!
Summary: Runs very well with Ubuntu desktop edition and keeps power draw at a low level.
Pros: Low power, fanless, yet all of the typical features. I wanted a power-miser of a motherboard to use for an Ubuntu home server, using the Ubuntu desktop distro. Some quirks in setup, but now works very nicely. Ubuntu required no assistance in running the graphics, network and sound. Installed 1 GB...
Cons: Some quirks in getting Ubuntu and this board to play together. Using a SATA HD and IDE CD, I could not get Ubuntu to start properly off the Live CD. Went to Live USB stick and it installed without trouble. The motherboard complains and halts post if I disconnect the CD drive - haven't fully inves...
Summary: Not a bad board but if you want to use it to it's fullest then windows is the way to go. If you need a simple PC with no video playback then this is your board for LINUX
Pros: The small size as well as the fan-less design is a plus. The VIA C7-D chip works well with windows xp sp3 and BOXEE. The BIOS provides plenty of configuration control and allows the processor to be over clocked; of course to do so requires a fan to keep the temp down.
Cons: Initially I purchased two for use in my kids rooms as a media center under Ubuntu. However the C7-D does not do well with linux. After looking around the net for a few days I found that this seems to be a recurring issue. Video playback with Linux is choppy and inconsistent. Under XP it's smooth ...
Summary: Combination of motherboard offerings and price justified my purchase.
Pros: Compact enough to fit in quite a few boxes. The passive cooling is a big plus for quiet rigs. VERY VERY happy this has a PCI-e slot, which is the main reason I bought this over other boards for the price.
Cons: You're not going to be doing a lot with the processor. Research the processor first to know it will perform your requested tasks.
Summary: I purchased this MB to build an internet appliance for our kitchen, for this purpose it fit the bill perfectly. I used a 1GB DIMM of DDR2 667 and a Sony Slimline DVDRW for this build and a clean install of XP Pro SP3 with Firefox, MS Office 2007 and McAfee booted up in under a minute.
Pros: small form factor passive cooling 2 DIMMs slots inexpensive