If you’ve been thinking of putting together a budget SFF or HTPC system, this would be a good place to start looking. Based on nVidia’s nForce2 northbridge chipset, it includes many of the features found on full size ATX boards.. ..Set up with the right components, this could be the foundation for a fine LAN party machine, or HTPC. For a SFF board, this does have a lot of features to offer.The current list price for this item is very reasonable (under $60 USD as I write this). If you’ve a budget to work with (who doesn’t these days), this might be something to consider.
The extremely inaccurate temperature readings doesn’t sit well with me, however. That would turn me off of this board more than lack of overclocking options. In as such, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, mATX format alternative to an NF7-S, look elsewhere. You will be disappointed.
If overclocking isn’t your intentions, this might be worth a look.
Chaintech 7NIL1-Summit mATX Motherboard Review @ Overclockers.com
Published in: Hardware on 2004-05-18