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Pros: Smallest mATX case i could find. About the size of my AV receiver so it fits nicely on my AV rack. Design is nice and blends in w/ other components. Included power supply and case fan, lots of screws.
Cons: Build is a bit tight as noted but nothing that will frustrate any experienced builder. no space to mount any additional fans or replace the included fan w/ a larger one. Seems like it would be hard to run a water cool set up as well if u wanted a truly silent set up. Had to mount the CPU fan after i had installed the board in the case since it would not slide in w/ the heatsink already mounted. Power supply only has 1 sata connection, rest are molex. Documentation doesnt explain removing front panel which you need to do at some point. I almost broke off some unseen tabs while doing it the first time. has a connection for reset switch, but no reset button the face. Wish the power LED was blue instead of green.
Other Thoughts: In the end you get a case and PS that look nice and and do the job for a low to mid budget HTPC set up. Case allows the use of mATX boards so you have more features available than smaller mITX set ups, but w/o eating up a lot of space in my AV rack. Only takes low profile expansion cards but since i was looking for case that wasnt going to take too much space i cant really list that as a con. Some have stated the PS fan and case fan are too loud for some HTPC set ups but in mine, along w/ a freezer 7 lp for the cpu, it sounds about as loud as my xbox 360 (newer model, not the older jet engine fan noise models). I can definitely see upgrading to a better case as my HTPC needs evolve, but for now, this does the job just fine.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: DFI LANPARTY BI G41-T33B LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Lots of features of a full PC board in a mATX package. Onboard HDMI and SPDIF. 2 DDR3 slots. Overclocking features are nice. Perfect for my HTPC and still has the power to pull some light gaming.
Cons: Documentation is a bit scarce and written in bad english. one of the board mounting points lines up inconveniently w/ the mem socket. made it hard to screw in but not a big deal. wish it came w/ a case badge of some sort to display on the PC. =P
Other Thoughts: Bought this for a media PC build and settled because it was the cheapest 775 board w/ SPDIF (except for a really stripped down foxconn board). I bypassed the onboard HDMI w/ a discreet card but it was a nice touch. Loved that it had lots features i expected to find on a higher end board. Everything installed easy and fired up on the first try. Even though its in a slim case as an HTPC i can easly add more mem, oc the cpu a bit, and an upgraded graphics card and have a decent gaming PC as well.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XFX MI93007 AS9 LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Bought the board a while ago and took some time to finally set it up but it runs great. Board wont recognize more than 4 drives in IDE mode because, duh, IDE means 4 drives! Didnt try ACHI, went straight to RAID and no problems. 3 1tb drives in a 2TB raid 5 array, my system disc, and my SATA DVD-RW all working perfectly. Even put my old 500gb sata HD on the last port to xfer my data over and had no problems on all devices. Ability to run 4 displays out the box or run an on-board Phys-X processor is nice also. Bought it mostly for the on board RAID though. Plus it looks cool.
Cons: Do notice some heat issues but i have a well ventilated case. documentation in the box is limited, actually, just a quick ref card. Manual is a PDF on the CD which i couldnt actually read until i had the PC up and running already, lol. And it doesnt really explain the bios/overclocking options that well anyway. Have not tried the HDMI connection but the sound issue pretty well known. Major annoyance i had was after installing my 8800GT it booted to the card fine 2 or 3 times, then defaulted back to the on board, even after i played w/ the bios. Ended up having to completley remove the card and reinstall and its been working fine since.
Other Thoughts: I've seen a lot of people unfairly rip on this board when really it seem people arent really checking out all the options. Remember this is not a high end board. But it does have 1 or 2 issues to deal with. overall i think its great board w/ good options.READ FULL REVIEW