Summary: I bought this as a replacement board for another which failed. The CPU I had was ideal and still is but LGA 1156 boards are hard to find. I am very happy with the performance of this board as it has meant that I could keep the several terabytes of video I have on a raid array.
Summary: Bought this board for an HTPC build. I wanted something that was reliable and had the features I wanted such as RAID and HDMI. Built up this board with Core I3-550, 8GB G. Skill RAM, and Kingston SSD. Boots in 15 seconds directly to Windows Media Center (Win 7).
Summary: Nice little board for HTPC. Supports 8GB of RAM and has a PCI Express graphics card slot too on a this small board and also accepts DDR3 memory. Overall its a very good board for the money. Cons: The I/O plate is not of a that great quality.
Summary: Sees all 8g ram...the Zotac's don't. Paired this with an i5 661 (661 is only i5 with 900GHz gpu speed). Astounding graphics. Needed pciex16 for something else so was hoping onboard graphics would do the trick...and yes, and then some.
Summary: This is a review for both the products listed below, since for my HTPC use, they were inherently tied together. SilverStone SG06B Aluminum/SECC SFX 300 W with 80 PLUS certification Power Supply Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002M78KYW/ref=oss_product And Intel Media...
Summary: I replaced all the office Pentium/CRT units with Atoms/LCD displays and saw our power consumption cut by 50%. But a recent client required us to work with several Excel sheets with a total or 300,000 rows and the Atom started to bog down and VLOOKUPs started freezing on me.
Summary: I purchased this as the backbone for my mother's work computer. She enjoys office equipment with a small footprint, thought I felt that the last Mini-ITX was a bit of a compromise (it came with an Intel Atom processor, not bad for a net top but underpowered for a workstation).