Thanks for the review; I'm always interested in mATX boards.
1. You mention that this board is "legacy-free", but I submit that it is not
. It still retains a VGA connector, perfect for a poor-quality, fuzzy connection to your monitor. Sure, it's got DVI, but the VGA connector could easily be replaced by HDMI, as you mention in the review. Or even S-video. At least it's got digital audio out. Now that I think about it, another couple of USB ports would be welcome, seeing as there are no PS2 ports. Or integrated wifi! The wishlist continues.
Also on that wishlist: one more PCI slot (yeah, more legacy) in exchange for a useless PCIe x1 slot. Seriously. How many years after the introduction of PCIe, and there still aren't hardly any x1 or x4 devices? One x1 slot is sufficient for any board out there. What's going to go on it anyway? (Perhaps RAID cards, but I'd be very surprised if that would be used on such a small board in the first place.) Two
x1 slots crosses the line from "mostly useless" to "stupidly useless."
2. At the top of the wishlist would have to be a better BIOS, that's for sure. The review mentions that the board would be suited to businesses or other environments where adjustments are not needed or wanted; that it should just work. Has Intel been marketing the board this way? To whom are they catering? I haven't heard much about it before. The BIOS still seems pretty crappy regardless of intended usage.
3. Longish typo in the penultimate paragraph:
You could toss on a gaming graphics card and turn it The price also makes it one of the most expensive mATX boards.
4. The review lists "Large northbridge heatsink" as a pro
, but given quotes like:
The northbridge cooler is very close to the PCI-E 16x slot, which may pose problems with users who use video card coolers with hardware on the top (trace) side of the card.
I should think that the heatsink is more of a con
. Just about all silent coolers do
have cooling apparatus on their upper side. Gigabyte's cards come to mind, as well as some of the more ridiculous wraparound aftermarket heatsinks.
Overall, this board is kinda "meh." Nothing really attention-getting. No heart or soul. It's got some solid selling points, but for $120+ . . . I dunno. I bought a much more fully-featured full ATX board for that price!