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Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H Motherboard

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Well rounded HTPC main board

Pros: Works great for a HTPC with Windows 7 Beta. I have used both the 2 channel over HDMI and 5.1 channel over SPDIF audio with no problems. Having great fun watching hulu.com and youtube.com video's on my 65" TV. With about a dozen steps I was able to get audio working over 2 channel SPDIF with Ubuntu 9.04. Still looking for a configuration that will enable 5.1 surround sound on Ubuntu.

The Nvida 9400 graphics work great with Ubuntu 9.04 I was able to set up a custom ModeLine to correct overscan with the HDMI to perfectly fit my 65" Mitsubishi which has a native res of 1920x1080p but viewable res of 1800x1000p. Graphics driver also works great with Windows 7RC. I was able to correct the overscan from the HDMI to fit my 65" Mitsubishi with no problems.

Cons: When Windows 7 Beta goes to sleep mode the SPDIF audio output will be deactivated until you completely power down the system and then power it back up. My solution was to disable sleep until there is an updated driver which corrects this problem.

I used a 3rd party CPU Cooler (ZALMAN CNPS 8700 NT 110mm 2 Ball) newegg.com item N82E16835118034 which is a nice heatsink and fan combo but it is big so big it was touching the huge northbridge heatsink... actually more then touching the heatsink fins overlapped about 2 milliliters.

Other Thoughts: All and all I like the board, I wish the audio would work with out the nutty configuration steps you have to go through with Ubuntu 9.04. I'm sure when drivers mature under this linux OS this board will be more friendly. Also for Windows I'm waiting for a driver that will not disable SPDIF in sleep mode so I can put my HTPC to sleep when not in use.

Setup: ZALMAN CNPS 8700 NT 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler (N82E16835118034), Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro (N82E16879212011), Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (N82E16819115037), hec Black 7K09 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case (N82E16811121027),GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9400 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (N82E16813128363),CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (N82E16820145184),AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter (N82E16833340012)

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