Summary: I've kept this workhorse running as an HTPC (XBMC on Windows 7) for 5 years now. It has remained future proof after all this time. The specs are modest by modern standard, but this motherboard has proven to be very reliable and I run at about 24 watts.
Summary: It is almost 3 years I have been using this HTPC and so far no issues. Of course I am not using it as my regular PC but just to play home videos and YouTube videos. It has problems while playing netflix 1080p videos.
Summary: At first i thought this thing couldnt handle 1080p because it was choking on an Openelec XBMC Build. However i Read on the zotac forum that you have to go in the bios and change the southbridge setting for the iGPU buffer from 64MB to 512MB.
Pros: Price, size, performance, power usage, quiet, cool, fast post (as soon as you turn on itll show the OS you're booting; in otherwords this thing skips/has instant POST)
Cons: Requires change in bios to maximize this product to handle 1080p video
Summary: No advanced RMA? Really? Even if I pay a free? No? Wow, even Dell does that! You're not going to repair my board, so just ship me my replacement the next day and let me use that packing material to return the defective one back.
Pros: Quiet, low heat, Runs Win7/XMBC/1080p no problem. Great board for an HTPC as long as you don't need an RMA.
Cons: No advanced RMA option. You need to send in your item, wait several days for processing then days more for return shipping.
Summary: used the following: APEX MD-100-C Black Metal with piano finish Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) StarTech SLSATAADAP Female Slimline SATA to SATA Adapter with Power one or more of the may not be required for HD playback: CORECODEC COREAVC...
Pros: I've had this mobo for over about a year and a half. runs nonstop. reboots every now and then. sometimes i have to turn it on when the power goes out. has about 2TB of video on it using Microsoft Media Center & Windows 7. it's almost as fast (responsive) as my cable box. Running digital out to an...
Cons: i wish 1080p playback was simpler to set up in MS HTPC. required other third party application(s) for playback to be successful. i think i ended up paying for one of them.
Summary: I planned to build my own Network Attached Storage (NAS) and decided on using this board because of the low power Atom CPU and also because I thought the ION graphics might allow me to use this to stream to my HDTV some day.
Summary: Nicely designed little board however, the Intel Atom @ 1.6Ghz and the Nvidia ION 330 could not handle playback of blu-ray (m2ts) files while running XBMC. Additionally, the hardware does not support bitstreaming of DTS-HD or True HD without the use of FFDSHOW and Media Player Classic Home Cinema...
Summary: Tried to RMA but it was like 5 days over the one month cutoff. Should have sent it back right away instead of spending 5 days trying to get it working. Lesson learned.
Pros: Lots of features?
Cons: 9 times out of 10 the system fails to boot. IF I make it to Windows I am safe and the board will remain running but usually it does not. Cannot check bios settings since it shuts down before I can browse any options. First piece of cr*p I bought from NewEgg.
Pros: This board just fit in any computer case. It's small and full featured. I never had experience with the Zotac brand before and I would say I like it now. I first bough one to build a htpc. I install Ubuntu 10.04 plus XBMC. I didn't have any trouble. The nVidia driver work very well with vdpau acc...
Cons: It's only has 3 SATA onthe board plus one eSATA. But this may be over come by installing any Sata controller.