Summary: i bought this for the purpose running a HTPC/file server. it plays blu ray perfectly. i am able to play all flashed video without a problem. the only thing i cannot do is netflix since it uses silverlight. The system idles around 13 watts with a laptop hard drive, no DVD, and a pico psu. the system loads around 20 watts playing blu ray.
Summary: I ordered up one of these boards to be the main piece of my HTPC and so far been very happy with its performance. I have it running 24 hours a day as my XBMC machine and server for my music and videos for all the other machines in the house. It does not run warm at all (added a 120mm fan to the ITX case I also purchased from amazon) and can play back 1080p mkv files and only use 11% cpu while doing it.
Summary: I just finished building a box with this motherboard / processor combo. The intended purpose of the unit was for Documentation and Browsing. Neither of the intended uses are very labor intensive, yet I walked away extremely impressed with this unit. The machine went from BIOS to Desktop in about 20 seconds running Windows XP and Vista with only 2 gigs of ram. I didn't have a chance to load Windows 7 on the system, but if anything... I can only see it loading even faster!
Summary: Internal headers and connections include: com port header, 2x USB 2.0 connectors, 1x front panel audio connector and a TMP connector. This little board seems pretty well outfitted. The HSF is well designed with a decent amount of surface area and is also pleasing to the eye. In addition, the PCIe slot is good for those wanting a little more horse power out of an add-in GPU.
Excerpt: Pretty a lot excellent for a HTPC application. The complete board is low-profile so I was able to squeeze it into a really tight case without having too much difficulty. It recognized my 1333 Corsair memory proper away. The price tag is much less than for a lot of Atom/Ion combinations and you get significantly much more energy. I'm not positive you can call it a con, but because the AMD fusion processors are so new I'm nonetheless waiting on linux help to catch up.
Excerpt: Low energy, excellent graphics, cool, quiet Battery positioning and type stink Meet The New Kid In Town:MSI has noticed the prospective in the new AMD Fusion CPU. The MSI E350IA-E45 is a function rich micro ITX board with the prospective to be the heart of your subsequent HTPC with it’s outstanding integrated graphics; an productive property server with its 4x SATAIII ports, or even an adequate each day driver with DDR3 support and low heat output.
Excerpt: This board makes a excellent addition to my property network. I am using it for HTPC, but I think it could be used for whatever you want. The only con I noticed is that there is no technique speaker. My MakeMSI E350IA-E45 MoboGeIL 4GB DDR3 1066OCZ Agility 60gb SSDhec Black ITX200A Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC CaseWindows 7 Ultimate x64WEIProcessor-3.eightMemory-5.eightGraphics-four.Gaming Graphics-5.7Tough Disk-7.
Excerpt: -- Low energy - ~ 25watts w/o HDD under regular load-- Runs Windows Media Center 7 perfectly-- VGA >> Component dongle >> Tv functions for me with out resorting to PowerStrip 鼐p). I have a Sony LCD, Sony DLP, Sony Rear projection CRT and Sharp Aquos LCD and it amazingly just worked with no tweaking. -- Runs somewhat hot under standard load (~ 50°C - 60°C) in a 4U rackmount case [i.e. plenty of air flow] I haven't noticed the fan noise other reviewers have mentioned.
Excerpt: I got this for a straightforward HTPC build to run XBMC live. Properly as it turns out, XBMC live wouldn't function, it looked like a slide show even on the key menus. It was so unusable (even installed on an SSD) that I had to scrap that install. Then I tried installing ubuntu with XBMC operating on best and I had a ton of troubles with that. It worked, but I couldn't get the open source video acceleration drivers working properly so HD video was quite choppy.