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Pros: So far, this board has done everything I've asked of it. It's great if you're using it in an embedded system: it runs cool, and is probably fine with completely fanless operation in a well-ventilated case.
It works great with Windows 10.
It even has HEVC decode support, at up to 1080p50/8bit.
Cons: The included power adapter can only power two SATA devices, and there are no traditional 4-pin power connectors.
The heatsink is a weird shape, so attaching a fan to it may be difficult.
Other Thoughts: An mSATA slot would have been nice.
You will need to either slipstream the USB drivers (ASrock provide a tool to do this) or use a PS/2 keyboard to install Windows 7.
Pros: It's an Ivy Bridge CPU, for a low price, and with a low TDP.
Cons: Not the fastest, but you knew that already. If used in a Plex media server, transcoding performance will be disappointing.
Other Thoughts: This CPU is in my home NAS, which uses a Linux mdraid RAID10. It keeps up just fine. Paired with a low-end discrete GPU, this would be perfect for an HTPC.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 Dual Band N600 PCIe adapter, External antenna
Pros: It's an Intel wireless card, with a great (but unusual looking) antenna. Good performance on both bands
Cons: The 2.4 and 5GHz antenna connectors are not labeled on the bracket.READ FULL REVIEW