Pros: Great passively cooled board that works well as an HTPC if you add in a $30 Crystal HD mini-PCI-E and connect to your TV via the RGB connection. Will do YouTube HD as well as Netflix and just about anything else you can throw at it. So, for about $200 you have a little system you can use as an HT...
Cons: No DVI and restricted resolution prevents it going 1920x1080 but my 32" Vizio only is good for 1366x768 so it works just fine with that mode. There can be a little bit of a lag when running video and trying to run another app but that is to be expected. As an HTPC for a 720p system, it works for me.
Summary: Dead after 1year, only lightlly used. Intel sent a replacement very quickly. This board will not save a lot of power. My ECS+E3200 consumes 35w idling and 52w normal use. This board 28w idling, 38w normal use, with same peripherals.
Pros: Fanless, CPU and video are OK for surfing and word processing. Can even do those pre-2008 games that I have, too. Intel warranty program is not bad.
Summary: Like others have posted, you need ram with a specific voltage/speed to be recognized by the BIOS. Specifically, you need to have 667/800MHz with 1.8v. I had a spare stick of ram that was 533MHz at 1.6v and it didn't even post. Just take note of that before purchasing.
Pros: It's small, it's quiet (passive cooling), it is fast (for an Atom), gigabit networking, perfect for a file sharing home server. At first I was going to buy the other Mini-ITX Atom board by Intel, but for $10 more, you get dual core (vs single core) and (among other things) 1gbps (vs 100mbps).
Cons: - Only two SATA ports (wished there was more), but this could be fixed by adding a pci card. - Did not work out of the box with the spare ram I had. *See other thoughts
Summary: My mini HTPC - Windows 7 32 bit - Intel BOXD510MO - Broadcom Crystal HD BCM970012 - Kingston Value Ram DDR2 800 1gb
Pros: -Lower consumption -Good Quality Bought it at a local retailer for less. I used this board as a freenas box for about 10 months. Then i decided to use it as a media center pc. To be able to play HD videos you need to add Broadcom Cystal Hd. Don't buy any pci video card if you want to watch hd vid...
Summary: Gig-e maxes out at about 170MB/s bidirectional, and not symmetrical under linux. Compare to NVIDIA ION chipset in Zotac mobos which can achieve near symmetrical line speed of 240MB/s using forcedeth driver.
Pros: Inexpensive. Excellent disk drive io chipset supports AHCI/NCQ. Helpful stickers and documentation. Works well with Ubunutu 10.04 LTS.
Cons: RealTek gig-e nic is a poor performer. I am an expert at networking and storage.
Summary: Bought to try out with WHS Vail. Loaded RC0 and seems to work OK. Just installed and see that I need to install audio driver. Don't see hibernate mode nor sleep mode so will have to do some research after Thanksgiving weekend is over.
Pros: Low Price, Low Power Consumption, Small Size, seems to have a robust BIOS setup, loads software from USB port just fine.
Cons: I just got this board and found that it refused to post. No VGA output either. I read other posts that said RAM was likely so I swapped with RAM that I had in another machine and it booted OK. The RAM that wouldn't work was a 1GB stick of Samsung memory, stamped 2Rx8 PC2-4200U-444-12-E3 (M378T295...
Summary: Replaced my home server with this in a ridiculously small case with a WD Green harddrive. Cannot even tell it's on. Handles all tasks like a champ. Running Debian 5 x64.
Pros: Silent. Absolutely silent. Performance is surprisingly good for what it is. Don't expect to run full-screen HD video, though.
Cons: This board is finicky about the ram it uses. Be fully aware that old ram you have lying around may not work. I thought my board was DOA but tried some lower voltage memory and it works perfectly. Taking an Egg off due to the lack of a PCIe slot. Every other mini-itx board out there has PCIe, Inte...
Summary: Still testing. Wanted to use as a high efficiency, low power, media center. Still have to play a DVD to see if the graphics will perform well enough. Would be a great system for someone with limited space that uses for internet, email, office apps. End cost $240 excluding O.S.
Pros: Low wattage, very compact, dual core, mini pci-e for wi-fi. Built a system out of curiosity as to how it would perform. Installed Windows 7 Ultimate. Scores a 3.1 performance rating primarily due to graphics performance. Amazing little system using 2 gigs of memory and a 500 GB drive. So far no g...
Cons: Some concern for heat issues, being passive. If single sided memory used it will only recognize HALF the total amount. Tried 3 different sets of 2GB and only recognized 1GB. System ended up slightly more pricey than I wanted. One PCI slot. No possibility of putting in a PCI-e video card.
Summary: Originally the processor idled at 35 degrees C. The motherboard arrived from newegg with a broken CPU heatsink retention pin. Intels customer support would not mail me a $0.005 pin. They wanted the entire motherboard shipped to their RMA facility. Waste of time I say.
Pros: Silent. Inexpensive. Great Fedora 13 compatibility. Power Consumption. dmesg -tT /dev/ram0 timing cached reads: 810 MB/sec timing buffered disk reads 359MB/sec Calculates pi to the 2^19th digit in 76 seconds.
Cons: Intels support website. Broken CPU heatsink retention pin on arrival.
Summary: Runs Ubuntu real snappy. With Chrome and Open Office it's just like a cheap quiet Mac.
Pros: Low cost, low energy, quiet, mostly all just works
Cons: "Gigabit"Ethernet LAN (RTL-8111DL) only connects to my netgear 100/1000 switch at 100MHz. Updated BIOS to Intel's latest (Aug. 2010), downloaded, built and installed latest Linux driver from Realtek site, did "sudo ethtool -s eth0 speed 1000", but no joy. Hence dinged an egg.