Summary: After reading other reviews I decided to purchase this Intel board and an Antec 40mm fan. Sure enough, in under two weeks it started to sound like a cat fight. I voided the warranty and replaced the noisy fan with the Antec - noise problem solved. I installed it in an Antec ARIA Micro-ATX case and tucked it away in our utility closet. I am using it headless to run Windows Home Server. No complaints, and according to my Kill-A-Watt, it draws less than 50 watts.