Summary: I tried for years to turn this into a home theater for an HDMI or DVI screen. But finally gave up as I could never get anything near high def to work. The board is ok as a low power server of some kind, but the graphics are very limited.
Now here is a sweet little board for entry level computing and reliability.
9 October 2013
Summary: This is not the right motherboard for gamers. It's an entry level basic motherboard really used for simple tasks such as browsing the web, running office applications (not intensive database sorting) we use these boards for our point of sale machines mostly on the kiosk side and not the server side. For server side usage we normally use the Intel DH77DF motherboard which packs much more power depending on the cpu installed.
Summary: I own several different Mini-ITX Intel motherboards. This is the best! It is very low power and has a high passmark rating (635/478Mflops). Unlike most ITX motherboards, it also uses DDR3 SO-DIMMs for low power and heat generation. Like most current MBs, though, its downside is that it has USB2.0 rather than USB3.0 ports. I think the computer world has come to appreciate the D525 motherboard because I purchased this fall of 2012 for $71.
Summary: I initially purchased this plus a 60GB Intel SSD and 2 x 2GB RAM sticks to operate my CNC router, running LinuxCNC; it runs everything very well. Since then, I purchased a laser engraver which requires Windows XP to drive the machine; also no problem. I may try Mach 3 to control the CNC and see if I can run the laser and CNC simultaneously off the same computer; could be a stretch for this.
Summary: Kinda slow for the specs, but then again it was what I was looking for when I built the unit. The product surpassed my expectations on a low voltage processor, tried to use a labtop wifi chip, but had to hook a usb one up instead. Very happy with the product as a media player, and for a period of time switched it to bedroom to try to replace a laptop for games, started to show some lacking in computing prowess, but a great unit for what it is. Great product.
Summary: Bought this board because I was building a small low power file/web server for my home. With one fullsize HDD it pulls about 30w total. I've only bought intel ref boards in the past and this one does not disappoint.