Joined on 02/19/10
Works well as an HTPC
Pros: Quiet, good graphic quality on a 720p 32" TV. Win 8 isn't as bad as I though a year ago; just a little different.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: This is our first Asus machine; we have exclusively purchased either HP or IBM/Lenovo over the past 20 or so years. This runs a 32" 720p TV as a HTPC and serves as a college desktop for our son. Video output via Netflix HD, DVD movies and HD video files on YouTube using the motherboard HDMI all look good. Looks the same as the output from my main HTPC/server on a 43" plasma 720p TV using a GDDR3 Sapphire 6570. All I did for setup was get all the wires right, start it up, put in my wireless network code and everything works correctly. The only searching I had to do was for the printer driver for our network's multi-function HP printer; that too was painless. As for gaming, according to my son, it runs WoW just fine. I do not know the settings he uses but graphics look good and there is no lagging/stuttering. Time will tell how well it holds up, but if my main server pc went down, I would have no hesitation purchasing another one of these machines.
Pros: It's analog in a digital world. Acceptable for its purpose as the work screen for my HTPC system.
Cons: Even at high resolution, so-so qualtiy; I'll chalk that up to the D-Sub connection.
Overall Review: It works for the price and its purpose; if this were my only screen, I would not have purchase it.
Pros: I needed a new MB as my old one for a Phenom II X6 (different brand) was slowly dying (spdif went out; analog audio was getting bad; SATA III was very slow). Wanted to go greener (HTPC) so I went with the FM2. Everything was well labeled on the MB; it worked right out of the box; the driver CD worked well. I have not OCed the processor or the gpu (no plans to do either). The board recognized my DDR3 as 1333 and not 1600; there was a preset for 1600 that was easy to find and implement; thinking very hard about OCing the memory further. No complaints.
Cons: This may be the same with any motherboard, but when plugging in the SATA and 24 pin power, support the board; there is nothing underneath to support while plugging in so the board flexes quite a bit.
Overall Review: If going FM2, this has been a good board so far.