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Intel BOXDH77DF LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Another solid Intel board 04/01/2013

This review is from: Intel BOXDH77DF LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - mSATA support
- Well thought out board design in terms of location of the connectors, etc (but maybe I got lucky due to the case I bought)
- nice generic looking boot screen and bios sans wild colors or 'teh awesome extreme!' type branding
- Intel build quality
- If you choose to install them, the Intel utilities don't look like they were designed by a 5 year old

Cons: - What is with only *one* company selling the CIR receiver? And why not just include the thing in the box? That's a hell of a lot more trouble to find than SATA cables Intel... For those of you looking for it its here:
- mSATA port only seems to support SATA II standard (3GB).

Other Thoughts: The mSATA port is on the slower controller. Seems strange to me because even Intel doesn't sell a mSATA device that doesn't support SATA III, so why would they put the mSATA interface on the slower controller knowing that any of their own hardware will have to run at a slower speed? I doubt it would change the performance of a Plex/XBMC client anyway -- but it just doesn't make a lot of sense. They don't really call it out in their documentation, but the mSATA drive will work fine as a boot device.

I grabbed all the drivers from Intel's website, updated the BIOS then used those drivers in lieu of what was on the CD. I had zero issues and had Plex/XBMC up and running multi channel audio and vido over HDMI out to my receiver. Not sure why there are so many people complaining about the quality -- maybe there was a bad batch. I pretty much use Intel boards/components exclusively and have never really had a problem, but I guess everyone's mileage will vary.

Intel i7-3770k
Intel mSATA 60GB
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 Low Profile
IN WIN BQS656.DD120BL Black Mini-ITX Case

IN WIN BQS656.DD120BL Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 120W External Adaptor Power Supply
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Pros: - Plenty of ventilation
- No fans
- Supplies enough power for a pretty beefy CPU and RAM

Cons: - No front panel usb3 (if you care about that)
- 'Legs' when flat or vertical are somewhat unstable and the case screw casing sticks up to much for it to be placed horizontal without using the legs (if it was detached I would worry it would scratch the surface of the media furniture). On the other hand that means more ventilation via the grills in the bottom I suppose. I store mine horizontally and out of sight though.
- Only fits slim cdrom (irrelevant for me)
- No IR 'area' for the CIR header receiver (assuming your board has one)
- Only one full size and mini sata power cable (also irrelevant for me)
- I wish opening the case was tool-less, but it fits pretty tight so I guess you could do without the screws anyway.
- Would be nice if the case extended out a little bit to support a VFD/LCD -- the only reason I can think of I would want to have the thing visible.
- Would also be nice if the sata power cables were detachable. The case/board is pretty cramped as it is.

Other Thoughts: I had some real trouble finding a HTPC case designed for *just* mini ITX -- it was between this one and a Lian Li (that was out of stock). I was worried the cpu I bought would suck too much power to use this case's psu, but it seems to be ok so far and I do all my decoding at the client side. The only device I really have attached is an mSATA drive directly to the board (though I did have a full size cdrom connected for the initial build). If your worried about the clearance using the stock Intel cpu fan, fear not. The grill on the top of the case extends up enough. For me the most important thing was for it to be small and have plenty of ventilation -- this fits the bill perfectly. All and all the case is no frills but the construction seems to be pretty good. Given the size of the case it seems a little expensive, but the Lian Li I was looking out was nearly 2x the price.

Intel i7-3770k
Intel mSATA 60GB
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 Low Profile

Intel BOXDZ68BC LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs "Just Works" with linux 02/04/2012

This review is from: Intel BOXDZ68BC LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Just built a new pc from scratch and had this up and running in about 1 hour per a kickstart over the integrated nic. First time I have ever built a computer where there wasn't some sort of troubleshooting involved. First time I have not had to fool with boot options to get linux to run on a home built pc too. The lack of hassles was well worth the extra money -- Intel makes solid equipment in the server industry, and this 'hobbiest' board is no different. Everything is integrated nicely (save the marvel sata controller), no 'wedgy' options in the bios to get things to work like I have experienced with other boards. Bluetooth attachment included.

Cons: I guess some people don't like the 'skull' thing. Pretty easy to turn off though. Also I found some of the diagrams about USB and various other 'case' cables to be lacking -- but then again my case is 4 years old. Relatively expensive for the featureset I suppose. Why include a non-Intel sata controller? Aren't you guys known for fabbing these types of things?

Other Thoughts: Expensive yes, but for me the lack of hassles outweighs the cost.


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