Summary: I bought this MB about a year ago. Its worked fine for me. I use it with my home theater set up. Never any issues. I just upgraded it...still works fine. Heres my set up: Windows 7 Home Premium Intel DG45ID Motherboard Media Series Intel Core2Quad Q9650 CPU 3GHz Kingston DDR2 Hyper blu RAM 8GB Hitachi hard drive 1TB / Seagate hard drive 400GB LG Super Multi Blue Blu-Ray Disc Drive Antec NSK2480 Desktop Case
Summary: This is an excellent mobo for building a modern system. The quick reference is clear, though it might not be adequate for a total novice. When I first bought it in early 2009, the built-in audio did not work with Ubuntu. However, the 9.10 release fixed that problem and now the audio is flawless along with everything else. I'm using the optical port which just works. You will need a USB mouse, USB keyboard, and SATA or USB drives. No PS/2, no IDE.
Summary: The motherboard is exactly what it claims to be. I only have one complaint and that is the HDMI output does not work with all applications. After reading up on this it seems to be a copyright issue which has not been resolved. I use a DVI to HDMI adapter on the DVI output of the motherboard, this solved my problems. I use a HDMI cable to my Telvision and all applications work fine.
Reliable, Legacy-Free Motherboard; Transmits Messages through Time.
Wei Tsang, Amazon
4 August 2009
Summary: This is a pretty good motherboard that is fairly priced and great for Windows Vista and 7. Don't bother if you want to run Windows XP; this is a legacy-free motherboard that's meant to finally rid world of 20-year-old standards like PS/2, Parallel and Serial ports, and has all sorts of on-board devices that XP and other old operating systems simply won't recognize. It's so hardcore that the install *fails*. This is for your own good.