Joined on 11/18/05
Great mobo but misleading manual and silkscreens
Pros: - Works great out of the box with Linux - Almost completely silent; no whine from components
Cons: - None
Overall Review: As noted by another reviewer, the DIMM slots are mislabeled. Both the manual and the mobo itself label the slots as 4-3-2-1, counting from the CPU socket. They are actually reversed from that, however. If you have a single stick in slot 1 (which is really 4), the system will be unresponsive when power is on. However, with a single stick in slot 4 (really 1), everything works fine. Further, dmidecode reports that slot 4 is actually: "Locator: Node0_Dimm0; Bank Locator: Node0_Bank0" Minus one egg for this problem issue which isn't a technical fault of the board, but has caused confusion for several people here, myself included.
Love this little box
Pros: It's tiny. It's silent (paired with an Athlon 200). It sits there, troublefree, being my desktop and development server. I've even reinstalled Steam and have been enjoying some games I'd forgotten about.
Cons: None, for me.
Overall Review: If you're installing Linux, you may need to upgrade to a more recent BIOS. Mine came flashed to the oldest BIOS revision, and a Linux kernel would not boot successfully. Updated to v3.20 and was off to the races. Just flashed to v3.30 with no problems, so I'm ready for the Athlon 300 series.