Date Joined: 05/31/04
Pros: It works fine with i3-2100T. Low power when the computer is off <1w, while Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3 need 3W. Low price.
Cons: It does not have VGA output. Using DVI-I to VGA adapter will only work under Windows but not while start up, so I could not set BIOS.
BIOS smart fan control cannot reduce speed to below 1800 rpm. Using FOXONE utility, the smart fan speed will not be lower than 2000 rpm.
Overall Review: Due to high fan speed, I cannot make it operate at low noise level. None fully functional VGA is very annoying also. Otherwise, it functions fine.
Pros: CPU powerful enough for everyday home computing needs, as Atom was not good enough for me. Low power consumption. Good graphics.
Cons: CPU cooling fan is not very noisy but still annoying.
Overall Review: I read many good reviews about AMD the Zacate CPU so ordered one by Asrock. Unfortunately, it arrived defective. I RMAed it for replacement. However, it was out of stock at NewEgg and I got a refund. Then I noticed this board from MSI is available and I ordered one. It arrived quickly. Installation went smoothly. Everything works fine without any problem. I feel it has enough power for my everyday computing needs (mainly email, web surfing, word processing and watch DVD's). I can feel that it is more powerful than Intel dual core Atoms (D330, D525). It's power consumption is also very good, with an 80W Pico PSU with external brick DC adapter, at idle or doing light web surfing (like I am doing right now) uses only 11-12 W power.
The only annoying thing is it has a very small fan. As a result, the noise generated has a higher pitch to be more noticeable. It would be ideal if it has a passive cooling system or I can find one and replace the current active cooling.
Pros: Good price for the new released board. More powerful than Atom dual core and consumes less power (29w vs. 35w with same power supply). Should be good enough for my desktop basic needs. Newegg shipped it to me very fast.
Cons: Come with two issues so I have to RMA and have a replacement. (1) the power supply LED does not work as others observed. (2) The audio does not work. The speakers were detected but no sound come out.
Once I received the replacement, I will update this review.
Overall Review: For basic computer daily use this should be AMD's E-350 should be a better choice than Atom. Hope the board problems will be fixed soon.
About RMA, since this is a defect board, I hope Newegg will reimburse my shipping for send it back. Hope the new board is fully functional.
Pros: Good quality case. Ideal for mini-ITX systems. CD/DVD push button is better than the most.
Cons: Only ventilation hole on one side. Intel Stock fan can fit but tight. location for 3.5" HD blocks air flow.
Overall Review: I bought this one and the Rosewill twin. The quality of its front panel is better but Rosewill has holes on both sides. I ending up using the Rosewill top/side portion on it and added a 12cm low noise fan, which fit very well in the place of HD, to create better ventilation. I put the HD in the front bottom of the case using double side sticky tape, which should be good enough for everyday use (as long as you don't drop the case to floor :-).
If the case could be about 0.25-0.5 inch higher, has holes on both sides, add some hopes at the front bottom for HD, that will be ideal.
Pros: Small (mini-ITX), low cost, with ventilation holes on both side
Cons: Quality can be improved. Not as good as the Apex MI-100.
Overall Review: It is essentially the same as Apex MI-100 in dimensions . I guess some of the parts can be exchanged between them. This one is better in ventilation because it has holes on both sides and Apex has on only one side. On the other hand, the front penal is not as well built as the Apex one.
Pros: small, mini-itx, socket 775, x4500hd, Newegg's price and service
Cons: Come with outdated BIOS. Cannot display 1440x900 and a few other modes. Idle ower consumption slightly higher than Nvidia itx board.
Overall Review: The main problem I have is that it cannot set to display 1440x900 resolution on my 19" monitors. It has no problem to display 1920x1200 on my 24" monitor, but even in this case, 1440x900 cannot be selected. So far I have tried everything I can think of and following Intel technical support but nothing solved this problem.
The power consumption at idle is slight higher than my Zotac Nvidia boards (55w vs 44w) but not too bad. Otherwise everything works just fine.
Pros: Cool, quite, low power consumption
Cons: Not found any yet
Overall Review: I bought this to replace the internal drive in Maxtor Shared Storage II. The MSS-II works very well for me but a little to noisy and consumes a little more power then others, e.g. Simpletech and Buffalo Link Station. After replaced with this drive, the power consumption was cut from 10-11 watts to about 6 watts (idle but not in sleep) and it is less noisy. I like it a lot.
Comments: I bought this board and received it two days later. (My experiences with Newegg were always great.) Everything are fine but it seems not support S3 suspend mode. The manual says it should support S3 but the bios does now show it. I send email to ECS Tech support but the reply I got was the user manual may be wrong. This was really bad experience. Waiting for further information. Mean time, I will be appreciate very much if some can tell me one way or the other if it supports S3 and if it does, how to set it.