Summary: We have been using this board in our primary desktop PC for over 3 years now and it has been fantastic bang for the buck in that regard. Sipping just 84W total with 2 drives and a 15" LCD monitor connected, it has been a great help in reducing heat production for our daily web-based and office...
Summary: I bought my first board/CPU combo almost 2 ago to make it a little NAS/firewall and it did the job fine. Still going strong 'till this day. does not consume a lot of energy. this is only good for a internet/office PC. Do not expect any more than that.
Summary: First off. This board was a bit of a disappointment. For a processor with dual cores with a decent cache size of 512k, I expected a bit more in the way of performance, but it is a GOOD energy efficient system. The system performance always seem to behave in some kind-of "lag-mode/lazy mode".
Replace the fan, install FreeBSD 8 stable and enjoy.
6 January 2010
Summary: This motherboard is what I need. Just essentials. The fan is a nightmare, even after reducing the speed to 25% it is inacceptable. So I replaced the fan with an "ultra silent" Papst fan. Better, but still too loud.
Summary: This is a amazing board for the money. The features in the BIOS are great for a NAS or even a small web sever. Coupled with 2gigs or RAM, it plows right through Windows 7 Ultimate. Only complaint is the graphics on the board. Even though I didnt expect much. It cant play any High Def.
Summary: For well under $100 for the MB/CPU and around $300 all-up and ready to go in a case with 2GB of memory and a pair of 500 GB notebook drives, you have a great option for home or small business servers (web, mail, file, print, whatever). Runs circles around an NSLU2 or similar options.
Summary: My goal was to build a low-cost, low power computer to use as a general purpose server that could run whatever service I wanted; primarily a NAS, print server, DHCP server, and possibly a smart house controller and maybe even Asterisk for doing VoIP in the house. I said, maybe.
Summary: I built a Hackintosh with this board and installed Mac OS 10.5.6 via 10.5.4 using info on the insanelymac forums. The unit might barely play 720p MPEG2 HD video with Quicktime or EyeTV but seems to gag on 1080i or on 720p H.264. But I am not sure that I have the drivers optimized for this board.
Summary: I already had an Intel D945GCLF single core board and decided to give the dual core version a try. Some research said I should see a speed benefit, while others stated there was little or no benefit. I tend to go with the latter.