Summary: I was leary of no fan on the chipset but I must say even in the tiny case that I installed this in the temps remain within safe limits according to nvidia. I am using this as a console emulator box and it is perfect.
Pros: Nice little Mini ITX board. I picked it up just to try out since it was on sale. The onboard graphics are superb. The CPU is okay considering what it was designed for. The BIOS is wonderful and setup is easy.
Cons: Maybe that it is a single core but knowing what it was designed for not really a con.
Summary: It would be nice if the RTC battery layed flat on the mobo, it causes interferance with the COOLER MASTER Elite 100 RC-100-KKP3-GP Black Steel / Plastic MITX/MATX Slim Case Computer Case Flex ATX 150W, Active PFC power supply.
Pros: Great little mobo, using with Mythdora 10.21 upgraded to mythtv .22. Using VDPAU allows for streming HD, both OTA and recorded content (Backend is a Zotac F-E).
Summary: I'm on my second board at this point. I RMA'd the 1st one with NewEgg because the network port gave lots of frame-errors while trying to stream data (videos in myth didn't play smoothly).
Pros: Small, lots of frills, quiet, pretty fast, very low power consumption. I've installed this machine as my new router/mythfrontend/fileserver, it replaced an old Pentium III 600MHz machine. I used a Kill A Watt (which I also purchased on newegg) to measure the wattage of both machines to get an ide...
Cons: Cheap quality, gets very hot without a fan. I checked the CPU/GPU/MB temps in linux using "nvidia-settings -q GPUCoreTemp" and "modprobe lm90 force_lm86=0,0x4c" with "sensors" to force the lm90 to work like lm86 [it works]. Without a fan the machine idles at 80c, with the small fan included in th...
Summary: Before you bash this board's capabilities, make sure you are using a video player capable of video acceleration. A few good free ones include XBMC on linux or Boxee Beta on Windows. I ultimately decided on windows because I had an extra 7 license and it supports a few applications I run on it.
Pros: Runs ALMOST any HD video encode. Runs windows 7 pro x64 like a champ. Runs Ubuntu 9 great (with a little work). This is a great platform for Boxee Beta. Flash video plays almost flawless with 10.1.
Cons: It is a bit pricey. Can struggle momentarily on High bitrate h.264 content on Windows and Linux.
Summary: I use this in a home samba/web server. It mostly serves up the contents of my external hard disks over the network and some static html pages to the 'net. I bought a second one when an old motherboard (old as in 2002) needed replacing, and it works well as a replacement for that (mostly doing...
Pros: Small Low-power; easy on the electric bill The bios can use USB flash drives as hard disks
Cons: When I bought this, it was listed that the board has a mini pci-e slot. So I bought a small SSD to go with it. It turns out that the mini pci-e slot DOES NOT SUPPORT SSD's. This was not mentioned anywhere in the product description. At least newegg removed the slot from the listed specifications ...
Summary: ION video drivers are a bit difficult to install on Linux. If you're looking to make a small HTPC, go for the dual-core option. Haven't gone into the BIOS yet. Fits perfectly inside a Rosewill RC-SIX-01.
Pros: Plenty of video output and other peripherals. Nice overall
Cons: Plugs in back are a bit flimsy, but the idea is that you don't touch them much.
Summary: If using raid, install os with the drive in single mode then use the raid controller software in vista to build the array. (software can be dloaded from the mobo website) It will then reboot and take over night to complete your raid. My comp has a dvd-rw and 2 500gb laptop hd's mirrored.
Pros: Great for a super low power computer. Uses only 25 watts idling in my configuration. Installed easy.
Cons: Drivers on disk are not compatible with vista 64 bit even though the drivers on the web are. For installing vista it asks for raid drivers (if using raid). The disk does not contain the drivers so u will need to dload off web and put them n a flash drive.
Summary: Another reviewer wrote that he could not boot via USB. I'm using PXE (diskless) booting, but I had zero problems booting FreeDOS or Linux via USB stick. Also - only one PS2 port, and no floppy, but who cares!
Pros: NVidia graphics, HDMI and SPDIF outs, 2 RAM slots, NO fan. Good BIOS setup interface. With Ubuntu 9.10, everything fully supported out of the box. Nice board!
Cons: SATA only, no PATA. Using this for my HTPC front-end and DVD player. I had to buy a new DVD drive 'cuz my old ones were all PATA and this board only supports SATA.