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 related use. On those two counts it has earned 5 stars.
Summary: To sum up – for the price this is a truly impressive board both as a Carpc and even as a desktop which means Via have a real battle on their hand seeing as they are not ready today with their new generation which was recently announced. OK – its not going to play battle field I would and have already recommended this motherboard and even pointed out when considering whether to get the single or dual core that little difference in cost is well worth the extra outlay.
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: its a tiny little computer and it performs like my old socket 478 with 4 gig of ram. not bad for $50 bucks or so. graphics are acceptable for what it is. as long as you dont try playing any games with any real frame rate requirements, it works great!...
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". It is NOT terribly responsive as other full blown slower single processor systems from what I have seen.
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. My final solution was the replacement of the chipset fan (the processor has no fan) with a passive cooler, the "Alpenföhn Ötzi Northbridge Cooler".
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. Video Content on Youtube. However, It will play Normal DVDs, which is a very good thing for me. Only other thing is, this Mobo/CPU runs Hott!!! Like too hot for its own good.