Summary: I bought this with the hopes of making a cheap media computer for my tv. One of the reasons I bought this was that with the APU it is only 65 watts so fairly cheap to run plus the compact size. I wasn't sure how well it would work with such low CPU processing power but wanted to try it anyway. I installed both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on the system.
Summary: This CPU/Motherboard combo has been an awesome HTPC. I run Windows 7 Media Center, and everything works like a champ. Videos look great, HD records and plays back no problem. It is quiet, doesn't use much power, and plays video great. My wife loves it because it helped slash our cable tv bill to $0.
Summary: This was a replacement board for a Zotac that died prematurely, and never worked right to begin with. I'm very happy with its performance using 4GB ram and 500GB HDD on Win 7, and Ubuntu. This is my first experience with a built-in CPU, and given the poor quality of pre-packaged Intel fans and their rinky dink mounting system, I'm much happier with the approach Gigabyte uses with the AMD CPU.
Summary: This is a perfect all-in-one solution. I power it with Picopsu 90W and 72W monitor adapter. It's my file server, media player (HDMI output 720P to plasma), print server and zapper for annoying marketing calls. And it does all those well. However, that's probably all it can handle. CPU score in Win 7 Ultimate is only 3.8, lower than my 5 years old Dell XPS(core 2 duo) and memory is only single channel.
Summary: Buying this board depends on your intentions for it. Performance wise, its not to bad. My brother wanted an upgrade, and I do tech work. I wanted something affordable and the fact it had a dual core processor already installed made it worth trying. his uses where simply email and music/movies. These things where no problem. I installed windows seven with 4GBs of 1.6 RAM. I needed to overclock the board, and yes it was simple with its easy to use BIOS.
HTPC build 4GB PC1333, 80GB HDD (soon to be 60GB SSD) run great!!!!
Pornthep Sripuntanagoon "magicbullet", Amazon
26 October 2011
Summary: Bought this when it was on sale from amazon for $90. this Mobo runs great. has HDMI out and SPDIF to the surround sound in my house. i've been using it for a week now for my HTPC. It plays 1080p through HDMI without a hitch. i dont know what otherguy on the review for this product is talking about. 1080P from youtube, run perfectly. E350 is more than capable of running this type of application. E350 is much faster than dualcore atom and ION2 paired together.
Good Value! Runs Windows 8 Developer Preview flawlessly!
Kiran Kothamasu "rag15555", Amazon
22 October 2011
Summary: I picked this motherboard up on Amazon for $89.99 earlier this month. On top of it, Gigabyte offered a $30 rebate. It was a no brainer. Considering that this motherboard has CPU, Graphics and Sound, all built into it, it was a steal I couldn't pass it up. For the case, I used Antec Mini ITX Case ISK300-65 which I also picked up from Amazon for $32.99, back in May. Thanks to Amazon, I started off with a bare-bone system for $100!
Summary: I purchased this to build a Windows HTPC using Windows Media Center and it has a lot of problems running at 1080P and even at 720P it has problems. I get lag when doing Netflix and HULU and at times even TV playback has problems. I think this board will make a good simple desktop computer and it is a very well made board with very good sound and seems very stable. The board is very clean and has had no crash issues or anything like that.