Summary: If I was building another HTPC I would likely be looking to buy another one of these. The only thing I cannot account for is the ability to do good surround sound pass through to a receiver, as I only have it hooked up directly to the TV.
Pros: I have this in an HTPC running XBMC Live, and it's had no issues at all with any video I've thrown at it. 1080p MKVs playback with maybe 10% CPU utilization. Solid board, does all I need it to. I would recommend if you are on the fence for an HTPC build.
Cons: The fan is tiny, and therefore a little loud when it gets spinning. Nothing too bad, the sound of air coming into the room when the furnace is on is louder than this fan is. The backplate for the mother board is a little goofy - like they made one plate for multiple models of mother boards, so th...
Pros: Excellent XMBC MB, plays everything! Two eggs because even though one of the core crash, ION still plays everthing. And everything still wrok.
Cons: After a nasty crash, It came back up with only one functional core (two threads) Very weird. (Yes I check to see in BIOS that hyper thread is enable). Somewhat picky about the kind of RAM it uses, but that's not a big issue.
Summary: I am now getting ready to have my 4th board all in response to the original RMA'D one. First board ran great except it fried 2 external hard drives and a portable dvd burner, essentially anything that was plugged into the onboard usb ports it zapped. (Lost about $150 due to this.).
Pros: The one board I had that worked was very solid, while it lasted.
Cons: Seems extremely faulty, Zotac is HORRIBLE to dealt with.
Summary: For the size and price (currently $119 after discounts and rebates) this is a dandy little system. I may get another...
Pros: Re-ran AttoDisk Bench32 after submitting my last review and it is showing ~ 70 MByte/sec writes and 215 MBytes/sec reads with a Deskstar HDS72010KLA330 1TB. This is smokin' good. Dunno why the hugely poor results in prior tests (I have the logs to prove they really happened). Also had no trouble ...
Cons: Website driver documentation and support files could be better.
Pros: Compact! Low power and booted right away. Rebate didn't show. I wrote to Michelle@zotacusa.com and she jumped on it. They got the check to us right away. I sent her a scanned image of the copy of our rebate paperwork. (ALWAYS, folks, copy your paperwork.)
Cons: I sent all of my rebate information in for rebate in April 2010. Received confirmation and acceptance of rebate. Rebate has been "pending" for 9 Months now!! When I contacted them about it, they said to verify the records. In Nov/Dec 2010 I did verify all of my information in multiple emails to L...
Summary: I sent all of my rebate information in for rebate in July. Never received rebate or any type of confirmation. When I contacted them about it, they said they did send it out. But if I didn't receive it, verify the records so they can track the rebate check.
Pros: It works.
Cons: Won't honor rebate. I specifically purchased this unit because of the rebate. That is what they obviously hope for. Then they refuse to honor them.
Summary: If you are looking for a board to be at the heart of your HTPC and dont need wifi, this is the board for you. Why wast CPU cycles with a i3, i5, or i7 system?
Pros: This system makes a wonderful HTPC. using the proper player you can even play blu-ray disks or even mkv in full 1080p. I even have one being used as a desktop replacement for a family member who plays on Facebook and checks email and it does that wonderfully.
Cons: Its not a powerhouse, dont expect to play any new release blockbuster games on it.