Well, I have decided that I can't wait for Zotac to provide SSD mini PCIe functionality so I have ordered a SATA SSD drive. I plan on re-doing my HTPC from scratch as I have run into issues as I have done a lot of learning (and screwing things up) on this HTPC. For those of you interested in the board and how it performs, I will keep you posted. Note however that I have a narrow profile of what I use my HTPC for, i.e., strictly XBMC and MythTV frontend (backend runs on a VM on my server). For those of you who use their HTPC in the same way, I hope that I can help your decision in whether or not to buy the IONITX-A-U. For those of you with a broader use case, YMMV.