Any VIA mini-ITX , nano-ITX or pico-ITX board could become perfect media director due to its size, low power consumption and other neat features. The only issue is the UI2 with alpha-blending, which is written with nVidia only cards in mind. But the VIA platform itself is just the best for MD, so this UI2 issue has to be solved some day i think.
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UI2 works fine on any Via C7/CX700M Mboards but you need the Unichrome Pro II commercial drivers from Via to exploit the chipset features needed by UI2 to do so. Fiire have bundled these drivers with Via's DS700 Vesa mount unit. Thats it. If you want UI2 on this type of device then currently Fiire have the only solution.
Any C7 based CN700 or CX700 based motherboard will run lmce-0704 UI1 superbly when married to the freely available Unichrome Pro drivers though.