Originally Posted by DynamicHomeTech
I feel fortunate. I have been watching Blu-ray on this thing since the day I got it with no stutter, not even once. Im running a Core2Duo and 2gigs Adata ram using WinDVD to view movies. This system is also having to run my complete Home Automation System (lights, cameras, sensors, touchpanels, etc.) which i dedicated a core too. So the Blu-ray is only running on one core. So given the circumstances I would say this board is doing incredibly well.
Yeah, its no SuperStar and I do own a number of systems that could blow it out of the water, but none I would be willing to use as my HTPC for power, noise, and size issues.
Agreed. I think that Intel is being blamed by some for problems that are out of their control in many cases. IMO, this board should be used where it obviously is designed to be 'fitted' - i.e. Into a modern up to date Home Theatre environment, connected to HDCP compliant HDMI equipment with multi channel sound output. (Yes, I know we can debate all the problems with repeaters, 24p and de-rated sound output but those things can/will be fixed in the future).
A good experience, today, can be had with this MB by using the right components (eg recommended 1.8v RAM), setting the PAVP to 'Lite' and leaving the rest of the BIOS alone. Install Vista, accept that Blu-ray is here to stay, and use one of the latest up to date HD software players and it all works very well if you plug it into up to date HDCP + HDMI equipment as it is intended.
I have only had one driver install glitch (cause unknown and rectified with a reinstall) with this board to date and it continues to be a stable, enjoyable and dependable addition to my home theatre experience.
Once again, in my opinion, I don't think XP, HD-DVD, VGA, Component, S-Video and Stereo are terms that should be associated with this motherboard. It is an up to date solution to a rapidly changing home entertainment environment - you simply have to keep up.
Maybe time for me to run and hide now.