Summary: Purchased this MB to replace a failed board in a Gateway DX4831-e. I originally upgraded the bios on my existing board using the file on Gateway's website. Followed all directions to the letter and it completed successfully however after rebooting I got a checksum error. Tried replacing the battery, clearing using jumper on board, and reloading factory settings. None of these worked.
Summary: I purchased this board specifically for use in a media center pc/home server. Overall it is quite good. The 7.1 channel analog output is a huge bonus for me. I don't have an AV receiver that can decode DTS MA or DD True HD, but the software decoder for the BD player delivers excellent sound through the RCA outputs. The board can handle 4GB DIMMs, so if they ever become inexpensive a guy can get 16GB of RAM.
Solid for a HTPC build..just be aware of signal strength
C. Wong "ekological", Amazon
17 August 2010
Summary: I bought this for a HTPC build along with a Core i3-530 2.93GHz processor. I wanted the ability to bitstream the audio to my audio processor without any additional cards (was using a HDAV 1.3 Slim prior to this build). The BIOS only allows you to bump up the voltage...I wish there was a way to underdrive to further reduce the 27watt power consumption! My only complaint about this is the signal strength out of the HDMI port.
DH57DD - Over heating voltage regulators temperature
S. Patton "Firenze", Amazon
3 July 2010
Summary: I like the board but Intel cut corners in an effort to reduce manufacturing cost. They didn't put heat sinks in the voltage regulator area. Now the voltage regulators run far too hot. This will cause all kinds of very bad problem for the rest of your components. Just do a search for "DH57DD and voltage regulators" for more information. This could have been a great board.
Summary: Excellent Motherboard in my opinion. Its well balance, and its Intel Motherboard so you know it well last a long time. It has opinions for overclockers but you are into that as well as Home theater capabilities. Oh yeah one more thing, i was worry about the size between mATX and uATX. This board fits my micro ATX case which is a NSK 1300 so if you are worried about it do not be. There were instructions and software that came with it too.