Summary: I haven't heard much of a whine from the fan yet. I installed this in an Apex MI-008 case and added a 120mm fan on the side vent. Thus far, the CPU temps have remained in the mid 30s. I'll have to see if the chipset fan becomes a problem.
Pros: Straightforward install. I'm not sure what other reviewers mean when they say that the documentation is unclear. There is no manual, to be sure, but the product comes with very clear visual instructions and schematics. Good linux compatibility. Thanks to the open source Intel 945 drivers, I've en...
Cons: The graphics chipset is underwhelming, but I knew this before I bought the board. 2 MB maximum RAM.
Summary: I've been running this box for a little under a year with a tweaked kernel to fix networking bugs. The problem seems to have been fixed with the latest BIOS update, so make sure you download it from Intel's website.
Pros: Very small, low power, acceptable performance for low-resource tasks like browsing the 'net or using as a light server (and it's thin enough to fit in a 1U chassis!) Intel has good driver support and lots of options for updating the BIOS, which came in handy for me (see Other Thoughts).
Cons: The biggest con is that the chipset fan is quite loud. The second biggest was that there were BIOS problems early on and Linux support was totally broken (see Other Thoughts). Also, I've been unable to make it boot from USB. All of these issues can be overcome though, which is why I only knocked ...
Summary: Overall a good board... but... I also purchased a PCI GeForce 8400GS to use with this board for HD video playback. This caused some installation issues with Ubuntu 9.04...I had to add some lines to the install prompt just to get it to install and also had to use them just to get the OS to start...
Pros: Quick to set up, low power consumption, small enough for custom builds, runs Windows XP and 7 without a problem. No problem with Video as long as you invest in a PCI GPU.
Cons: A little slow to boot, can't completely turn off onboard Intel graphics (read why this is an issue below). CPU too weak for most gaming.
Summary: - pci slot so added a geforce 5700 to get dx going (it was that or no server for me) -paired with APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply (see comments there) - rs232 serial and lpt ports - huh, what the?
Pros: - compact - works - as good as I expected
Cons: - no accelerated video driver for windows servers (e.g., server 2003 r2) which means not dx which can be a problem depending on what you want need (it's possible server 2008 has an MS accelerated driver for the 945 - intel does not provide any video driver for windows servers) - do NOT try "Aggre...
Summary: It's a great price and i would certainly use this as a HTPC system.
Pros: I use this as my carpc and works wonderful. I'm running WinXP sp2 / 2gb ram / OSZ 32GB SSD and am very happy with it's performance.
Cons: 1. I was looking forward to using the TV-out but using an S-video to rca adapter - i only get black/white image? No color. Can't understand this. 2. Boot up seems to take a bit longer than standard bios bootup on a regular pc
Summary: Except for the form factor issue, this is a nice mobo for a SFF build with more than 175mm available.
Pros: Nice board, good quality, runs Ubuntu 9.0.4 quite fast as a print/file server using CUPS and Samba.
Cons: Power connector is backwards for Pico PSU, resulting in wires leading *away* form the mobo instead of across. This is only a problem if space is a constraint, but why would you use a Mini-ITX mobo and a Pico PSU otherwise?
Summary: If you are going to use the board for a server or have no intentions on connecting to a TV when save a couple of 'bucks' and buy the board without the s-video. My setup is: Atom board with 2 GB RAM, an old (6 months) 160 GB Laptop drive, 1 1 TB WD Green drive ( will be adding a 2nd next month).
Pros: Low power with everything that's needed on board - excellent board for setting up as a server. The cons are no big problem for me since I bought this board for 1 reason - to build a Media server.
Cons: 1. NO settings in the BIOS to setup board to run 'headless'. 2. S-video output is hard to get working. 3. Outdated video chipset (no problem for me since I'm using the board as a server) 4. Only 2 SATA ports - since I'm running Windows Home Server it would be nice to have more storage options ava...
Summary: To clarify the HTPC, I've attached my HDTV to the D945GCLF2 via the VGA port. Not perfect, but it works. I can watch DVDs, ripped videos, and streaming video via the internet without lost frames. I am NOT watching HD content at this time. For the money, it's awesome!
Pros: I bought the D945GCLF2 for the express purpose of building a small NAS and media server for my home. I put it in a Chenbro ES34069 case with 4-1TB HDD in a RAID 5 and running WinXP Pro SP3. Even though the RAID is software based, running occassional uTorrent down/uploads, serving files, and using...