Pros: I bought this motherboard/processor combo because i need something that was low power, low heat, and quiet (fanless). This was a great board/cpu combo for a fanless mini-itx case with a pico psu for a car computer application. Still benchmarking the system, but great thus far. You can't beat the price.
Cons: More USB ports on the rear I/O would have bee nice.
Overall Review: Overall AWESOME board/cpu combo for low power consumption, low heat output, and quietness. Will probably continue to use this board for mobile computer applications in the future.
Pros: I want to build a retroarcade/computer/console gaming machine, and this mobo's parallel port allows me to add a Commodore IEC adapter using OpenCBM driver to hook-up the old 5.25" / 3.25" floppy drives to it.
Bought this with a Crucial 64gb SSD and a Scythe Karma rack to hold the 2.5" drive in the 3.5" bay with memory card readers and frontside USB and SATA ports. Everything works together beautifully, no fans, no noise, fast startup and boot times (< 5-seconds each).
Cons: Screws with the Scythe rack don't tighten very well to keep the unit solid in place, so you remove/insert the SSD drive too often as it will likely shift the rack into the case deeper.
Overall Review: The key to unlocking power for this incredible mobo is adding these Linux kernel options on its boot line:
You MUST disable the LVDS1 display (laptop panel display which is obviously not included), which allows for the VGA display to harness full GPU / RAM without sharing it with a "secondary" display. GnomeShell starts in fully accelerated 3D on a HD display!
Pros: I have been using this board/CPU combo with Linux (FreeNAS) for the past 8 - 12 months. I have not had a problem with it at all. Ive been using it with a raid card to support 6 hard drives, again no problem. Have not turned the computer off more than 10 times this year (usually just for update or when I install a new package, never because it needed it)... Definitely worth the price for the processing power received.
Cons: Not yet, except I underestimated the board when I first got it.
Overall Review: Works great with FreeNAS, could not recommend a better card. More than enough processing power to run the system. I am considering running FreeNAS virtually on this board/CPU, so I can run more than 1 operating system at a time, because the way I am using it now feels like a waste.
Pros: Small. Runs cool. Works well when it does boot up.
Cons: Update on "CPU overheat prevents booting" issue: we have done heat testing on two boards that had the "no auto power-on" symptom reported earlier. We first "reset" the problem by saving CMOS settings. We then raised the ambient slowly until the CPU temp was 56C (which is above the board rating of 50C). The boards continued to function and reboot all through the testing at 56C for 2 hours. We found no failure to boot based on CPU temperature.
Overall Review: We conclude that the failure to boot up may not be related to CPU temperature at all. Our guess right now is a bug in the BIOS code or flaky hardware that prevents booting. We did find that simply saving CMOS settings does somehow "reset" the problem. Our problem is that these boards are inside an industrial terminal package we make which has no keyboard or power button -- so the end user can't get into CMOS to fix it. Time to change to another MB? Email sent to Intel on this issue.
We are using the latest BIOS update and drivers available at Intel.com. We are running XP PRO.
Pros: I have been running this board as headless server with Debian Squeeze installed for a couple of weeks now with no issues. I am finding it very quiet and also finding it runs cool. No stability issues yet. I would recommend this board to anyone looking for a cheap low power linux server.
Cons: I had some problems getting the onboard NIC working properly on Ubuntu Server. From what I read it appears to be a driver issue. I was also unable to get Ubuntu Server to boot from a USB stick, even though the bios version I have apparently supports this now. After struggling with these two problems for awhile I decided to instead install Debian which booted from USB fine and also runs the NIC fine (once I installed the proper NIC drivers from a provided Debian package).
Overall Review: Specs:
PATRIOT 4GB SODimm 1333Mhz
APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Case
Pros: I've been running this mobo hard in an XP-based NAS and uTorrent client for just over 2 months. It has been totally reliable and surprisingly fast. The system has a Rosewill PCI Sil3124-based SATA-1 adapter and a 4-bay 3.5" hard drive Sans Digital TowerRaid TR4M-(B)P shared-eSATA enclosure. All 4 bays have large capacity SATA-2 drives. The OS does NOT use any kind of NAS software. I have simply shared the partitions/folders/files that I want to be shared. I.e., there are no passwords. It is an open system with one client: me. Since this is a general purpose Windows system and not a dedicated NAS I can run any/all applications (Photoshop, MP3Tag, Word, etc., etc.) that can be run on any other XP/Vista/Win7 PC. For every general purpose use it is only slightly slower than my 3.0 GHz main PC. Also, it's connected to my gigabit LAN which makes shuttling large video files fast. Perfectly streams video *files* to my Zinwell ZIN-5005HD 1080P set-top box video player (HDMI output).
Cons: NOT FOR GAMING OR STREAMING VIDEO. DUH !!!
Overall Review: I still wonder if I should have spent $15 more for the ASUS AT5NM10T-I with a PCI-e slot which would support SATA-2 transfer speeds rather than the Rosewill SATA-1 adapter. But, ASUS quality has really gone all the way downhill during this economic depression and their customer service has degraded to become almost criminal.
Pros: As usual, Atom is all we need. Low in power consumption and perfect for a server that will serve a couple domains in a cPanel like setup (I run my own "Panel"). I don't have any issues with the NIC under Linux (Gentoo) like other reviewers.
Cons: The only thing "missing" is a connector for an external network LED (Server Case). But that is not a deal breaker.
Pros: I am using this board with 4GB of RAM installed. It is my router, Squid cache server, munin server, nagios server, and cups print server. It has been turned on since I bought it in Feb 2011, only rebooted twice for software updates. This board has been rock solid.
Cons: Obviously not a gaming board, but everyone already knew that I hope.