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Small but very versatile...
on 25 April 2014
Bought this mini itx board the other day for a project - two considerations - size and price. It is ITX standard which is ultra small and the price is under £30 so for a motherboard with USB3, HDMI, DVI and ITX, that is good value.. So I coupled it with a dual core Sempron.. Not the fastest beast on the market, but for what I need more than adequate. tested it with a single stick of DDR3-1333 4Gb Integral (value).. No POST (Power On Self Test) so tried it with some Hynix DDr3-1333 and it posted fine... So don't go with ultra cheap RAM. UEFI BIOS is good as per usual with mouse interaction and that was it basically...
Some good features
No x16 PCI-E slot for graphics cards (however thw 4x PCI-E slot has a notch so you can add one, it will run slow, but should work )
2 SATA ports (it is aimed at a cheap work station set up so two is adequate)
Still has legacy components - PS2 for keyboard and mouse, COM ports and an LPT internal port. All old and rarely used USB has seen that off...
Overall if you want a good cheap workstation, low end media PC or NAS server this looks like it will due the job. The cheap price of the board and AMD's APU's make this quite viable over Intels ATM and AMD's embedded CPU solution.
Just to add another CON I forgot about, the BIOS is set to UEFI boot as standard. This allows only windows 8 to be installed. Disable this in the BIOS for booting older windows versions or LINUX (basically a no UEFI boot).. See page 2-27 of the manual.