Summary: This is my first attempt at an HTPC and this board seems to run W7 with Media Center pretty well. No stutter or slow responses yet we will see as the drive fills up or when i try to record and watch more than one thing at a time.
Pros: Easy to install, small form factor, processer onboard and ready to go. 2 memory slots instead of 1 like other Mini ITX form factor boards, Price is right for an inexpensive HTPC experiment.
Cons: No USB3, HD works but color and clarity is a little washed out, Might add a seperate video card with more horse power to get better HD. Pin's for Power button and Led connections aren't easy to read so take your time and make sure they are hooked up right.
Summary: Newegg customer service absolutely rocks! I have occasionally found parts on other sites for a slightly lower price, but discovered that neweggs service makes the difference and is my go-to internet retailer.
Pros: Compact, seems like a quality component, cpu and heatsink included and installed, hdmi, 3 year warranty, I got it on sale. Nice cpu/mobo combo for web stuff like streaming video. Decent onboard graphic solution suitable for old games like pac-man.
Cons: I have bought 3 of these to power mame machines and they work great in this application. One of the three arrived with a loose cpu heatsink. Upon inspection, I found that one of the screws that hold down the heatsink had broken off and was rolling around in the anti-static bag that the board arri...
Summary: Overclocking this board has its down sides. For one, if you overclock the board too high, you have to go and reset the CMOS which can be a pain if you are in a small PC case. No PCI Express port if you wanted to upgrade the video with something much better. Only PCI port on this one.
Pros: Good board for the price I got it at. Supports up to 16GB of memory. 4 SATA 3.0Gbps ports, good on board video that should be able to play 1080p videos just fine. Youtube 1080p works on this. You can overclock this board and the on board VGA clock! Free 90 day Norton Internet Security 2012 came w...
Cons: No USB 3.0 as seen in other models... Not really an issue for me as I don't really need it that much. No SATA 6.0Gbps ports, BIOS is okay, Sometimes takes a while to post. Not able to use 1333 DDR3 memory. I am stuck with slower DDR3 1066 memory which is okay. Processor is a tad slow at times. Ca...
Summary: I'm using it with 8gb of Kingston Blu memory and a Samsung 470 SSD. Gets a Windows Experience Index score of 3.8. Here is the WEI score breakdown: Processor 3.8 Memory 5.9 Graphics 4.2 Gaming Graphics 5.8 Primary Hard Disk 7.5
Pros: Good Mini ITX board. CPU fan is quiet. 4 SATA II ports. up to 16gb DDR3 memory.
Summary: I've been using this board for about a month. Works great with Linux Mint 13 and a Samsung SSD. Can't say what the Windows User Experience rating is. The BIOS 'tweaker' feature easy to use. If you tweak it too much, it causes POST problems.
Pros: Cheap enough, it's a Gigabyte and it works... when it wants to. The HDMI and HDMI Audio work well.
Cons: Has an occasional hick up when you press the power button... the fans will start to turn and then stop and the power button has no effect. The only way to correct the issue is to unplug the power cable for about 10 seconds and plug it back in then it will start. Once it's running it will run for ...
Summary: No problems fitting in the Cooler Master Mini ITX case with a 300w Diablotek ATX power supply. Put the whole system together in less than 2 hours. Not as fast as my AMD Shuttle system with a Phenom II x2 processor, but I didn't expect it to be.
Pros: No problems with Linux Mint 13 64 bit. I pulled an SSD hard drive out of a and AMD Shuttle system and the OS booted up first try with no problems. No driver hassels at all. Graphics seem just fine with a VGA monitor. I don't have an HDMI monitor to try it with. The CPU fan is quiet. Not loud like...
Cons: Not fanless, but quiet enough. 24 pin power connector on the motherboard, but some Mini-ITX cases only have 20 pin connectors on the power supplies. It's a low power board, but some reviewers say you need a 300w power supply. That seems like overkill, but I ordered a 300w power supply just to be ...
Summary: Motherboard did not initially POST in my small form factor HTPC. After further checking and experimenting, the board did post but required an upgraded power supply. The manual recommends something within the 300W range for good reliable performance.
Pros: Runs cool Low power consumption Small form factor Runs HDMI 1080p video smoothly at about 60% load DirectX 11 works well
Cons: No Coax digital or Optical out SPDIF header available on board near USB ports