Summary: Great little board, runs super well as my home server and does everything i can throw at it. Will have to figure out an inexpensive way to add more storage in about 6 months, but I will deal with that then.
Pros: First i will say that i am very satisfied. Currently running a 2Tb Windows Home Server machine. Runs quickly enough to backup all the PC in my home (3), run as a uTorrent Server, allows logmein remote control while doing everything else, serves up HD files across the network to my Media center ma...
Cons: There are a few things i wish it did better, none of which related to speed. I wish that it had more than 2 SATA ports since this is a server. Also, apparently atoms get very hot. but this is normal from what i read so, meh. And why does it have a PCI slot? I would prefer a pci-x 1x slot, but tha...
Summary: This is the second one of these boards I've bought. I bought it to make a spare computer as these boards are entering end of life according to the Intel website. I run Vista Ulimate 32 on these boards just fine, and use it for a fileserver, VPN server, mail server, webserver, and a weather station...
Pros: Mini-ITX. Low power consumption(<35Watts). Low Price. Makes a great little file or webserver when used with either Linux or Vista.
Cons: Doesn't have DVI or HDMI connections, but this may be expected due to marketing reasons. Limited to 2GB of RAM.
Summary: A PCI/E slot would have been nice. For this size this machine is excellent.
Pros: I've had this running 24 hours a day for almost a year. Never a problem with heat or noise. Love the multithreading with 64-bit linux on this system. The built-in SATA made it very easy to cable both the hard drive and the DVD writer.
Cons: It would have been nice to have a better built-in graphics system. It plays video mostly ok, but not as well as the larger faster machines. The single slot is PCI, which works for my TV card, but doesn't let me put in a quality graphics card.
Summary: Relative to the average "man on the street" I have above average knowledge. Relative to the average person who swaps MOBOs regularly, I have below average knowlege. This board is at the core of a very budget minded upgrade.
Pros: Low price, legacy connector support, fairly easy installation. So far very reliable. If you know someone who has an older computer but cannot afford a new one, this might be the upgrade for you.
Cons: Limited instructions for installation. Check the appropriate websites for more info.
Pros: Cheap, relatively powerful (you can do a surprising amount with this board/CPU combo). Quiet. I have 2 - one runs 64-bit OpenSolaris for a home fileserver, second one runs XP as a standard-def HTPC in my bedroom to stream DVD's and DVR content from server (S-video out works great under XP to conn...
Cons: DVI/HDMI out would be great for future-proofing, but you can't have it all. For my use, trading for S-video output is worth it.
Summary: *for those that complain about it being twice as loud as their i7, well that is because the mobo/cpu didn't get to choose their case/fans. You did. **For those interested in 'near' silent PC setup I recommend picking up a PowerSpec DM-387 mATX slim case ($50) and a Scythe SY124010L Fan ($7) to swap...
Pros: Pop in the 2GB DDR2 667 stick and watch this thing go! Handles apps like Picasa and Nero without any problems. A cheap and reliable solution for someone who does not need the benefit of a dedicated graphics card for gaming.
Cons: so quiet you cannot always tell if its powered on... ha
Summary: I made the right choice when purchasing this for my mini home server.
Pros: Great motherboard / cpu combo! Had no problems getting it up and running, and is able to run Ubuntu with no problems. Fan is not nearly as noisy as people here said it was (Leave it on in my room 24/7, and it's not distracting).
Cons: Integrated graphics card is a bit weak. You could always stick in a card on the PCI slot, but since I have no need for graphics on this machine, I didn't bother.