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Pros: 1. it has 3 PCIe x1 slots. The multi-tuner HDTV cards are all x1 slots. Even though I only have one dual tuner in HTPC presently, I plan on adding another one to have 4 active tuners. This will allow remote extenders (xbox or ceton) to also use them.
2. Ivy Bridge technology allows you to take advantage of the Video/GPU built on the new Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz. Which is what I did. It will use your RAM for the GPU. My 1080 image is perfect. I haven't tried this for gaming as this is a dedicated HTPC.
Cons: Power connector located on the "front side" of the board, which with the case I used gives very little room for the "drive" connectors. Even though I did have to remove the board once to refit my drives, it's still not enough to take off a star.
Other Thoughts: This is the perfect "good enough TV" motherboard. If you want to have 4 to 6 Over The Air tuners available to service multiple HD household extender viewing locations, this will accommodate two maybe 3 Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250. Hauppauge support told me I could run 2, totaling 4 tuners, so why not 3? A friend told me that if I would build this configuration and get a netflix account, that I would not miss cable. Including the $8 a month I spend on netflix, I amortize the HTPC system in 10 months.
Window Media Center 7 has excellent DVR funtionality.
Next one I build, I will use the LIAN LI Silver Aluminum PC-V353A Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112340. This has plenty of SSD and HD space.