Joined on 12/22/08
using it as my file and print server
Pros: Low power draw, USB 3.0, SATA 6gb/s, HDMI port. Plays UT2004(the newest game I have) at a level in between my old desktop Barton-core Athlon XP 2.1GHz with a GeForce FX5600 or something and laptop with PhenomII triple core 2.2GHz with Radeon 4000 something. Rips CDs fairly quickly, as I anticipated, so good there. Loads newer-style, overly active web pages better than my Barton. For video performance, see cons, below... I can finally use my external 2TB Seagate to full potential. USB 3 is as much faster than USB 2 is than first gen USB. Works in Linux. Have not tried HDMI, so don't know if sound travels over HDMI or not or if HDMI video works in Linux. ... Sound is a little bit of a con, see below...
Cons: Sound is tricky in Linux(yeah!). ALSA or PulseAudio or whatever seems to want to make the SPDIF or HDMI sound output default, and I haven't yet figured out how to set it up properly. I put a line in my rc.local script as follows to make some sound programs work: ln -s /dev/dsp1 /dev/dsp As for video performance, it does not play 720 or 1080 high def videos from Youtube or hard drive. Playing with Mplayer from hard drive is better, than Youtube, but still not acceptable. This is not HTPC material, at least as far as the version of Linux I use or vid drivers or whatever. Win drivers might be much better and so make a better living room/TV computer.
Overall Review: Very happy with this purchase. I haven't even turned my old Barton machine on since I received this mainboard and got it up and running. Web browsing on that computer was getting to be a bit of a chore. It's nice to have an always on server and now I can use it to quickly look stuff up on the web, whereas the old C7d-1.5GHz was slow as molasses for such backup desktop usage. And, I can have a satisfying quick classic gaming session. This will hold me over until I build an A6 system or something like it.