Hmm, well first and foremost my quest for a mini itx computer has mainly to do with sound, and low watt usage (size seems to merely be the result of those two):
As for sound, I've began to grow more and more annoyed by the various spinning and humming noises that come out of my computer. As I've began to use my PC more and more for work, movie watching, and just general browsing I become more and more determined to buy a computer that I won't notice
while doing these things.
Low wattage, on the other hand, has somewhat to do with a paranoia of mine. While building my first gaming computer I became increasingly uncomfortable around parts that required a lot of energy to work. The more energy a part required the more likely it was to fail. Also, being around high powered equipment bugs me on a physical level as well - Often times it will cause me to feel like I'm having an anxiety attack of sorts. As I move onto greater and greater energy consuming computers this feeling becomes more and more prevalent. (So I'd like not too continue that trend).
One thing (perhaps the only thing) that concerned me in that review of yours was a paragraph I found on the last page
"One concern is the high CPU temperature without active cooling. It's clear that Intel intended for the board to be run passively, but there is no way to this in an enclosed environment. Some airflow is required to keep temperatures to a reasonable level. The EPIA is able to run passively, but then again, it draws just half the AC power of our D201GLY2 sample did at full load."
If it needs a separate fan to keep a fanless CPU cooled then I'm not interested (no offense
). However, what I did notice of particular interest was its listed speed - 1.33ghz. Now I'm confused (again), how did a 1.33ghz board beat out a 1.8 ghz board? Do those numbers even mean anything (cue confusion)?
With all that said I think I'd be perfectly happy with a SFF computer that's around the same speed as the one I'm typing on now. I imagine this shouldn't be too unreasonable given my pc was relatively cheap and not too up-too-date when I purchased it. However, given that review it seems there's no real way of determining the speed of an ITX board without trying it out firsthand (or having someone else try it out). This is disconcerting, and creates many more questions - but I think I'll take a time out before that.
to Blue_Sky: I don't think I mentioned this above, but I'd like to have a ITX board with a built in processor - mainly for convenience's sake. I'm still trying to wrap my head around basic mini itx boards - throw separate processors into the mix and I think I'll need to lay down for a while.
Bah! and While I guess I said earlier that size wasn't that big of an issue the truth is I've been looking more and more excited at the prospect of a small, portable PC that I can simply unplug and carry anywhere around the house (I even picked out a case for it http://www.e-itx.com/comcase-1345a-mini-itx-case.html
Well, I hope that answered your questions! Now excuse while I take a breather.