Summary: Board failed in less than a week and doesn't boot. Fan control settings in BIOS is pathetic and doesn't run the fan at any speed other than minimum. Board runs ridiculously hot and southbridge runs up to 90 deg. Designed to self-destruct.
Pros: -Many usb and sata ports
Cons: -Fan speed control in bios doesn't work, always minimum speed -Died in less a week -Ludicrously hot unheatsinked southbridge
Pros: Small form factor, 4 sata ports. On paper it was exactly what I was looking for.
Cons: The board did not last even 2 months. Intel charges for cross-ship RMA. Intel informed me that according to the serial number the board was for the Asia market and should not be sold in North America. It would cost me and additional $20 to RMA it.
Summary: Picked up the board to re-use a Core 2 E4500 CPU and some DDR2 RAM. Tried to load Win XP with SATA set to AHCI and using the F6 floppy disk. Right after the Windows files were loaded, the system tried to start configuring Windows and immediately blue-screened.
Pros: Able to re-utilize older CPU and RAM, reasonable price, good performance, nice and stable (see Other Thoughts).
Cons: Pin jumper for BIOS set-up, ICH chip gets HOT during operation, CPU heatsink can block areas of the motherboard. Will not load Win XP in AHCI mode, have to revert to IDE.
Summary: If you are using the onboard Intel Graphics the work around I found was to re-configure the Win 7 installation and remove the Intel Integrated Graphics driver, then install the driver that came with the board once Windows starts.
Pros: Inexpensive. Can use parts from older PC's to build it.
Cons: Windows 7 installs incompatible video driver by default. South Bridge runs hot
Summary: If I can figure out why windows hangs i'll post back.
Pros: Cheap board, decent features. Mine fired right up with 4gb RAM and an E4500 Dual Core.
Cons: Odd hang on Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit after installation. It will load initially and prepare for first use, then check video performance. When it finalizes settings and reboots, it will sit at a black screen with a flashing cursor.
Summary: It's good to see the only 775 option on Newegg is one worth buying.
Pros: Bought three of these for SFF digital signage PCs at work. Powered right up with E5800 CPUs out of the box, no BIOS update required. Automatic resume from standby can be configured in the BIOS on a daily schedule, perfect for automatically turning the signage PCs every morning at 7AM.
Cons: Southbridge chip runs hot as mentioned previously. I attached a 1" heatsink with adhesive thermal tape and it dropped the temps down to ~65-70°C, from ~85°C. Intel considers all of the above normal temps, though 85 is just too high any way you slice it if you ask me.
Summary: If a board is DOA, it's a pain, but you just get another one or a different one and get to work. You were already planning for time to get it going and hopefully left time for setbacks. However, as soon as you get everything installed you expect the thing to run until it's obsolete.
Pros: Very useful board, did what it said, graphics plenty for HD video.
Cons: This board worked fine for 8 months. I was reading the screen when both monitors went dark, then said 'no input'. Now it won't post, sometimes it spins the CPU fan for less than a second when you apply power. I've replaced the power supply, no fix. Next step is a new MoBo, and it certainly will N...