1st motherboard worked for 3 days, long enough to install windows 7, drivers and transfer part of my music and photo files. I had trouble getting sound (entirely my fault, the power connector was not in), but then stopped working when I left it powered for the night.
2nd one never got into a case, nor was the amp ever connected. It worked only for a couple of hours. It failed the same way as the first.
3rd MB is working for a third evening now, very happy with the sound driving old compact stereo speakers (my ohm-meter says they're 7.5 Ohm, close enough). Happy with the performance, playback is fine. Man is it ever loud !!! Speakers are usually around 3 %, and I'm finding volume adjustment difficult as the steps are big early in the ladder.
The third is the same version as the other 2: small IGP heat sink, PCI braket too high and capacitors preventing the use of the AverMedia board in the PCIe slot
I don't have a remote, I'm finding it easy to adjust the volume using the wireless kb. The kb is faster to find.
Antec 2480 with EW380 power supply
Logitec EX110 keyb
1 x 2Gigs generic 800 MHz memory
Generic DVD burner
AverMedia combo TV tuner
I will be getting better speakers and a larger monitor when I finish moving two weeks from now.
My IGP heatsink is really hot to the touch. I will try to fit a small fan to shake the air a bit more. The flow of the 2480 is good but lots of cool air gets evacuated too fast. It is not a case I would recommend with this board.
Thanks for your help guys down here.