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.
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: 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 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.
Summary: This is a great board. I've installed Vista Home Premium and it runs great even with aero enabled. My only gripes about it is that the small fan on the North Bridge heat sink is loud and high-pitched and wasn't sufficient to keep the board cool in a small case (APEX MI-008).
Guillermo Ruiz Buenrostro "Quoth, the Raven", Amazon
16 November 2008
Summary: First, let me state an obvious thing: this board is not for everyone. It is a small, low-power computer mainboard built, designed and made (although not in that order) to use precisely as that, a small computer. It measures exactly 17 by 17 centimetres, five centimetres tall.
I am having a lot of fun with this board--no buyers remorse here!
Ian M. Terry, Amazon
12 November 2008
Summary: You may need a couple of extra cables and such to build a machine with this board but once you get your computer up and running you will most likely be impressed by what you put together for under 200 bucks.