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Pros: Nice board with lots of features. Ran great right up until the BIOS was updated to v1.7.
Cons: It is now a brick after two days of running due to MSI's BIOS.
Other Thoughts: I had a flashback to the 90's when I had to open the computer's case to set the jumpers for HDMI use.
(also used GU502203EP0201 from Gateway DX-4831-01e initially and also for troubleshooting after BIOS update)
Noisy WD Black 1TB WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN from yellow tag place
Noisy Coolermaster RP-600 PCAR power supply
Pros: Good HTPC solution. Using Windows 7 and USB/E-net tuners to record and playback 1080i from cable and OTA. Low noise and runs cool... if you leave the cover off. Using 4GB of RAM and 80GB SSD drive. I like everything quiet so leaving the cover off is an acceptable solution for all of my PC's, if necessary. I have purchased a 12cm fan to add to the cover once the warranty runs out in a couple of months if I feel so inclined.
I love the size and quality of the product. My only disappointment with the computer WAS the inability to play HD Netflix.
USB 3.0 is great.
Cons: Netflix will not work via Windows 7 Media Center.
Noisy and hot with the cover on.
This model is very critical of the quality of HDMI cable (as others have noted). My "five for $6" cables that work fine for everything else will not work with this unit. I used a good quality locally purchased cable and it works perfectly.
Other Thoughts: Upgraded my three Foxconn Nettops (nt-510i w/GMA 3150, nt-330i with ION, and this NT-A3500) to Windows 8 and all of them play Netflix at HD with the Windows 8 Netlfix App. I actually use the lowest powered of the three (nt-510i) as my daily Netflix player. The NT-A3500 I gave to my in-laws as a Windows 8 "trainer" PC because it performed so well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small size. A nice case overall. I personally like the styling.
Cons: Not much of a con for me but no provisions for a DVD drive.
Other Thoughts: The riser card cost is a bit absurd when I searched for availability on my favorite search engine.
Here's iStarUSA's notes about the case from their web site:
1. for PCI riser, use DD-711R-C5 (search for DD-711R-CX).
2. for PCIe x16 riser, use DD-766R-C5 (search for DD-766R-CX).
3. 3.5" HDD can't be mounted when add-on card is in place.