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: 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. I had two sticks of DDR2 RAM lying around and bought two 1TB drives to use in mirrored mode. I decided to use Ubuntu with this setup because I thought it would be a more lightweight OS and also because well it's free.
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 (MPC-HC). Blu-ray file playback was superb when running MPC-HC only (nothing else could be running). I was using Windows 7 Home Premium x64 as the base OS on a 64GB SSD.
Summary: This is a good board but my opinion is don't use windows 7 on it. I know a lot of people wouldn't think about using windows 7 on an Atom chip but i really wanted it for the Windows Media Center feature but i quickly found out that windows 7 OS + WMC = 2 resource hogs. Video is laggy and audio does not sync. I removed WMC and disabled all fancy features in Windows 7 and installed Boxee on it which runs good but would run excellent on Linux. About TV Tuner Cards.
Summary: I bought this board almost a year ago and yesterday it died. I was using the system as a HTPC, the family was watching TV when it shutoff, try'd to power back on no love, try'd 3 different PSU no love. I was finally able to get it to power up but only got grafx errors and a lockup. In contact with Zotac now for RMA, but they claim my serial number is wrong, over all a bad product with bad support.
Summary: I ordered up this board to test as a compact machine to be used as a front end mythTV DVR machine. This machine works great as such. I loaded mythbuntu 10.10 64bit with all the nVidia drivers to take full advantage of Cuda cores for HD video decoding. If you are looking for a great HD DVR front end machine, this is the one. Make sure you use the fan that comes with this board on the CPU heatsink. Without it, you will most likely kill your CPU after a few hours.
Summary: I originally bought this board a year ago to build a replacement home desktop computer. I put it in an Antec ISK300 case -- and I have loved the small package. It has been working great. I just bought my second to build a roughly identical system for someone else.
Summary: I've been running Ubuntu on it for months now, connected to the big-screen TV as the default monitor via the HDMI cable. Very stable and flexible unit (lot's of IO on the back panel as well as the 16X slot). The box is happy with a slew of 2TB disks attached. I've also been using this to digitize tonnes of cassettes to 96k/32bit audio using Audacity. Box runs 24/7 without issue.
Summary: It crashes every week and won't play Netflix HD. It is currently being repair by Zotac in City of Industry. I tested with OCZ Gold / Platinum and Kingston DIMM. Update; They sent a replacement board one week later and it is a DOA. I'm in the process of returning the replacement board.
Summary: I've slapped this board inside a new Lian-Li PC-Q08, along with a few large SATA hard drives. It's been running great for over a month. With the recent versions of XBMC I'm able to get full hardware decoding of my 1080P MKVs via the NVidia ION. The board stays cool even without a fan, but I still keep my case well ventilated. Overall this board is a wonderful value for anyone looking to build a small effecient HTPC/File server.