Summary: Had this board for about 2 years now, and then the network chip finally failed Christmas eve 2011. This is the second time an intel ATOM mini-itx board combo NIC has failed. I am really taken aback seeing that, that the nic fails so soon after. My other atom 510 nic failed within a year of use ! I would never buy another intel atom/realtek combo unless the price was really cheap. I now am using a usb wireless dongle. And that is functioning decent for now.
Summary: I built a system for my daughter using this board, and a giant tower case that I shrunk. It has run cool and stable for 3 months. I didn't need to add any fans. Fairly quiet, just psu and northbridge fans. Fine for educational software or light gaming. It would also perform well enough for light to medium office duty. Only one DDR2 ram slot, put 2 gigs in it for best performance. My only regret was that the dual core model came out 2 weeks after I bought this one.
Summary: I would have like to see how well this motherboard performed. I purchased this board as an upgrade to a Jetway 626F8000 which works rather well except for the choppy video especially on YouTube and other video sites. I have an Acer Aspire One with a N230 which is similar to the 230 processor on this mb. I never bought an Intel board or let alone Intel Chip. Always used either AMD, Cyrix (VIA) and had no problems.
Summary: I used this MB for a home made NAS unit... -Pros: -Worked out of the box -Stable -Used FREENAS with out any problems -CONS -CPU Fan a little noisy but not too bad. -10/100 MB NIC... It would have been fantastic if was a gigabit -Conclusion... again for my purpose it was perfect... I needed a lowpower MB for a home NAS system.
Summary: This motherboard is cheap, small and having good support on Linux. I used Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit. I found the 64-bit version has power management problem that causes one core is running on power management all the time. But, the big pain is, after few months, the fan is getting noisy. The sound is tooooooooo loud. I am looking for a replacement for it. If you know a good alternative to the CPU fan on the board, please let me know.
Summary: I chose this board wanting to get experience with the Atom CPU as a modern, power-efficient chip. The Atom is rated at 4 W TDP, but my system ended up drawing 40 W AC. This is because the chipset supporting the Atom is not especially power efficient, and also because of the HD, power supply inefficiency, etc. Even so, 40 W makes a pretty efficient desktop system. No case fans needed, although the CPU has its own quiet fan.
Summary: I bought this board just becuase it was so cheap since it had the mobo and the processor all in one. It was a very easy computer build since it was also my first one. Currently I have Windows 7 RC installed on it. I was pretty surprised on how nimble this little thin is. It really isnt a speed demon but it can get simple tasks going acceptionally quick. You can open up a few windows while surfing the net and the computer won't slug down much.