Summary: I had this board and decided to use it to build a Windows Home Server box. Used a mini-ITX case and it turned out to be one sweet little system. WHS installed without a problem and ran well with only 2GB of DDR2-800 memory.
Pros: Low price, good performance, works well with Windows Home Server
Cons: Only two SATA connectors, wish it had 3-4. Instead of PCI. would have been nice to have PCIe x1 slot.
Summary: I wish these came with PCIe instead of PCI, then it would be perfect... slap in a raid card, couple drivers and here is a perfect little NAS
Pros: I wanted to replace my window 2003 server with something, small and low wattage. This answered the call. setup was easy. Windows server 2008 installed without any issues. Windows run fast, no delays, fast start up time. Perfect for a SFTP server, proxy server and AD controller.
Cons: 1) No additional fan plugs, just one. 2) no drivers from intel for windows 2008, windows found everything it needed, but would be nice for intel to have some drivers for windows 2008
Summary: It would be nice if there were an mATX Atom board with more PCI expansion slots.
Pros: I purchased this motherboard because of its good reviews with FreeNAS. All I had to do was plug in my FreeNAS USB flash drive, and it all just worked! No hassle or special OS configuration needed. Runs much cooler than I expected for a dual-core hyperthreaded CPU.
Cons: No FDD header. No PC speaker output. No Serial/Parallel plugs on the back. It has headers instead, and most most mini ITX cases don't have places to mount header adapter cables. Not needed for FreeNAS but I work with lots of "legacy" stuff and if I repurpose this board later on I might need them....
Summary: Because of hyperthreading the processor is shown as four CPUs in task manager on the performance tab, nothing wrong with that!
Pros: What a great product from Intel. Runs Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit with no problems what so ever! Dont forget to max out the Memory with some Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) This memory works like a champ.
Summary: Onboard video is well, great for configuring it to be an embedded system, thats about it. Gets luke warm to the touch under full load. If you want to load Win2k3 Server on it, you need R2 or it will keep blue screening. Worked fine with ubuntu as well.
Pros: 2x SATA ports 1x PCI port (requires ribbon extender cable for 1U build) 1x Gigabit copper NIC 1 mini pcie for wireless DDR2 is cheap (BE VERY CAREFUL WHAT MODULES YOU BUY- Board is finicky)
Cons: Very picky about ram and power supplies (would work with a 200W but would not with a 400 and a 550)
Summary: Bought this to replace the mobo in a Shuttle X27D. Excellent fit with two exceptions: the power cable is too short (buy an extension) and the front panel cable is too short (splice in some extra wire).
Pros: Passive cooling: 52.0 C in a closed case without any fans. Extremely efficient design. Works great with Ubuntu (Server) out of the box. Makes an excellent little server. Doesn't need to 4-pin power connector like most other Mini ITX's.
Cons: Video output options are limited (VGA only), but that's no secret.
Summary: Runs FreeBSD AMD64 without any issues. Also, the cons are relatively minor, making this a great deal.
Pros: Small, low power (~26 watts idle w/ 1 laptop HDD), and no moving parts so it's very quiet. Lots of bang for your buck.
Cons: 1) realtek ethernet interface 2) Stock BIOS does not get RAM timings correct, or report the system temperatures in the correct units, and fails to report the system fan speed. Upgrading the BIOS fixed all three. Press F7 during boot to do so if you're not running window and don't have a DOS booti...
Summary: When updating the bios, you have to update it to v400 before you can update it to the latest version (which is v506 at the time of writing) I read the other reviews stating that this board is picky about memory.
Pros: Makes an outstanding router with pfsense loaded onto it. The processor was honestly a bit faster then I was expecting for it being an intel atom. It also makes a great, affordable computer for relatives or friends who do don't do anything processor heavy (surf the web, general office work, etc)
Cons: Would have been nice to have a serial port on the back io panel. Although it still has headers for one if its absolutely required.