Summary: This is a good board if you know its limitations, but not quite enough horsepower to run WMC the way I like. I may RMA for a mini-ITX FM1 board. My setup MSI E350IA-E45 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, dual core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo Antec ISK 300-65 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel...
Pros: Nice board with lots of options. Runs quiet and stable. Runs Win764 quite well for internet surfing and most Windows Media Center functions. Plays DVD's, HD videos, and most HD cable channels OK. Will run a RAID (I haven't tried yet). Low power.
Cons: I use this rig for couch web surfing and watching TV on Windows Media Center. Most of my HD channels work fine with WMC set to 1080P, but for a few stutter unless I set resolution to 720p. Network streaming anthing over 720P gets stutters and flashing. System becomes very sluggish when playing HD...
Summary: About the dead bios issues I would like to let you guys know that you do not need to send these into the manufactures to make the bios live again. There normally is a magic key sequence you can do to put the bios into recovery mode and pull a good file from flash drive.
Pros: Nice board for the money - In response to another user talking about the sandy bridge CPU, that is not a real comparison since that's a full fledged CPU and not a low power low performance CPU that these boards have. Your comparison is misleading and bad.
Cons: People need to remember that these are low performance boards. You WILL need to add a good vid card to get good 1080P. That is a function of the video card not the processor geniuses. Other then that no cons.
Summary: Since my original review, I added a Crucial M4 SSD, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441 I moved the Windows 7 C-drive to the SSD and I now use the WD-25AV HD for A/V file storage. This greatly improved boot time and general responsiveness.
Pros: See original review long-term pros: Has been reliable, compact, relatively quiet and trouble-free as a HTPC.
Cons: Just wish the CPU was a bit faster, to better match GPU, and to keep up with demands of 1080p video streaming.
Summary: Purchased this motherboard for a home theater PC, my first home build. So far I've been impressed, certainly not "wowed" by its performance but I wasn't expecting it either. It accomplishes its purpose for me quite well.
Pros: Faster overall than an Atom processor (as of July 2011), handles video playback well. BIOS was easy to set up. Drivers were easy to install thanks to included CD, which also includes a basic bootable Linux OS.
Cons: CPU sputters on a few tasks here and there. Inputs on the board (especially power/reset/LED) were sometimes in awkward locations. Included instructions were definitely not written by someone fluent in English.
Summary: I've been shopping for a mini-itx motherboard. I arrived at the e350 by MSI and so far I am very pleased. The mobo specs are truly feature rich. HDMI, 6GB SATA, USB 3.0, gigabit, 7.1 hd audio, DDR3 1066, and the prized jewel the AMD Fusion graphics onboard chip (Radeon HD 6310).
Summary: A great product for an HPTC spoiled by the noise. I only turn it on when I will use it because of this and then rely on the TV to drown out the background noise. Almost dropped it to 3 because of this.
Pros: Nice little board, for my HTPC. Handles streaming from the web easily with no stuttering. Put it in a Hec ITX ITX200B Mini case with a 4gb module of Kingston memory from the QVL list. The machine is pretty responsive for other tasks as well although no screamer.
Cons: Weird startup. This may be partly due to my current boot configuration but the screen is blank apart from a couple of numbers in the right hand corner for about 30 seconds before the MSI logo appears. When I first started it thought it wasn't posting. The CPU fan on my board in this case is loud ...
Summary: --This system replaces a bug-ridden Intel DG45ID / Core 2 Duo micro-ATX machine I previously used for a HTPC. This board has a much slower CPU, but actually faster graphics, and much lower power consumption.
Pros: --Highly integrated design includes flexible audio options: HDMI, S/PDIF optical and coaxial, and analog. --Wow, 6Mbps SATA and USB 3.0 on an inexpensive and tiny board! --Much better graphics performance than an Atom/Ion board, and graphics are faster than the Intel GMA4500HD board it replaced. ...
Cons: --One egg off: CPU speed is noticeably slow, and the overall bottleneck. But, faster than an Atom (AMD E-350 WEI=3.8 vs. 3.3 for an Atom D510). --I wish it had a rear-panel eSATA port, in place of one of the many USB ports. I used one of the 4 internal SATA connectors, with my case's front-panel ...
Summary: My configuration: Hard drive: Kingston SSDNow V100 64G (SSD) Case: Cooler Master CM Media 260 / 450 W Memory: Kingston KVR1066D3N7K2/4G (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1066 OS: Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) Windows Experience Index: Processor : 3.7 Memory : 5.5 Graphics : 4.1 Gaming graphics : 5.7 Hard disk : 6.9...
Pros: Supports DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD pass-thru and 8 channel PCM over HDMI, low power, works nicely with Boxee/XBMC, hardware accelerated H.264 thru DXVA
Cons: fan is a bit noisy for a living room (~6000 RPM with default setting), although i don't really hear it when i play a movie.
Excerpt: Great little board, for my HTPC. Handles streaming from the web effortlessly with no stuttering. Place it in a Hec ITX ITX200B Mini case with a 4gb module of Kingston memory from the QVL list. The machine is fairly responsive for other tasks as properly although no screamer. Weird startup.
Excerpt: --Very integrated design consists of flexible audio selections: HDMI, S/PDIF optical and coaxial, and analog.--Wow, 6Mbps SATA and USB 3. on an inexpensive and tiny board!--Considerably superior graphics performance than an Atom/Ion board, and graphics are more quickly than the Intel GMA4500HD board...