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ECS KBN-I/2100 AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

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  • DDR3 1333
  • AMD Radeon HD 8210 graphics

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Jeffrey M.
  • 8/20/2015 10:13:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNot reliabile & not low power, Not good at all

Pros: Nothing. My worst computer in my 23 years of PC experience. If I had bought this from newegg I could have returned it, but I made the mistake of buying it NIB elsewher.

Cons: Not low power. I had a green 1TB seagate drive 2x4G DDR3 DIMMS and I was averaging 30W. When the disc drive was active or CDROM power was higher. The biggest complaint was the constant crashes. I had OpenSuSE 13.2 Linux installed and I was getting X-window crashes, CPU, panic, etc. I udated the graphics drivers and applied all of the patches but no improvement. I have other machines running the same OpenSuSE dist which have no problems. When it was running it would constantly drop the LAN connection. I figured the internal LAN chip was failing so I used a USB Wifi adapter with the same LAN problem. I bought it because I wanted a low power server which I can keep running 24x7. It was netiher reliabile or low power. I just bought a Intel quad core J1900 to replace this pile of worthless semiconductors. It will go straight into the dumpster. I will never buy and ECS computer again and my devotion to keeping AMD solvent is gone.

Other Thoughts: In the future I will buy everything from newegg. It least they stand by what they sell.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any ECS products, please contact us. We are here to help.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Kelly C.
  • 5/2/2015 7:10:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggshard to tell...

Pros: Have not tested it much, but seems to work without the sata card I got.

Cons: I need 3 drives for my use (2 BTRFS mirror data disks, 1 OS drive), so I got the StarTech PEXESAT322I x1 PCIe SATA card (Asmedia chipset).

However, testing with a variety of Linux installers with different kernels showed that they all crash when they go to detect a HD on the card. With no HD on the card, everything appears fine.

The card appears to work fine with Linux in another computer, so it is something about the combination.

Other Thoughts: I was hoping it might be low-level enough that a BIOS/UEFI update would fix it, but there are only two bios releases for this board, and it has the latest

I will update this if I find a fix or try another SATA card or something.

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  • Neil F.
  • 4/4/2015 1:02:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little Linux server

Pros: Very low power; for an always-on home server I switched away from a traditional desktop machine, and this literally paid for itself in power savings after 2 months!
Works great with Linux.

Cons: With low-power comes performance limitations, depending on what you're trying to make it do.
It comes with 2 on-board USB3, but I wish it also had header pins for another connector. (Maybe they've added that in a newer revision...)
Front-panel header pins (power button) are not labeled - have to look up the manual.

Other Thoughts: I don't understand all the haters who are giving 1 egg and complaining that this ultra-low-power board isn't a gaming powerhouse. (And they're running Windows...lol)

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  • Charles E.
  • 11/21/2014 11:54:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsECS KBN-I With xUbuntu xfe

Pros: Cheap
Low Power
Quite
Small
Boot time from a WD 320G Blue SATA II Standard drive is 40 Sec with XUbuntu.

The only Linux distro that successfully loaded (and runs well) is:
xubuntu.

This is a great board if you are looking to put together something small and simple. I use it to run Gimp, and Inkscape. It works great for me. I'm thinking of adding FreeNas to it and using it as such.

Cons: Not very fast
Most Linux distros would not boot for me.

I think I paid less than $20 for this board, so I got more than I bargained for.

Other Thoughts: There is a bug in xfe OS on Radeon boards. Trying to log out from the logout icon takes several minutes to load. This was solved by modifying / creating a file "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-radeon.conf" and adding several commands: ... Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"...
Google the above text - there are several forums that walk you through the process. xfe (xubuntu) works great for me!

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  • Brandon N.
  • 11/18/2014 9:53:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis board is terrible, super slow & limited options!!!

Pros: Bought this board to serve as a media center as well as Sabdnzb client back in April 2014 for $35 after rebate ($70 before rebate).

Pros: cheapest Mini ITX board I could find at the time. Fanless, USB 3.0, and has 2 SATA 3 ports. Low power consumption; about 6-8 watts idling and max usage around 18-20 watts. Run XBMC with 720p contents seems ok but a little lagging with 1080p content.

Cons: Cons:
1. No optical output
2. No front USB 3.0 header
3. only has 2 SATA ports
4. It's super slow, it's only a 1.00 Ghz Dual Cores
a. I had Sabdznb & Sickbeard running on this with Windows 8.1 and 4Gb of 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM. When stuff are being download & repairing/unrar, you can't do anything else, the CPU usage is at 100%.
b. Even browsing facebook pages is very slow, the page lags everytime I try to scroll the page.
c. Watching youtube video with full screen option seems impossible (lagging every other seconds).

Other Thoughts: after 6 months usage, I've fed up with this board and decided to buy another one to replace this. I ended up buying the "ASRock QC5000-ITX AMD FT3" for $72, which way way better than this piece of junk.

Manufacturer Response:

If you are continuing to have video issues, feel free to contact us. We would like to work with you to find a solution.
We are sorry to hear that the specifications did not meet your requirements. Specification listing for this or other ECS motherboard can be found on our website. Should you have any pre sale questions regarding specifications on ECS items, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any ECS products, please contact us. We are here to help.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • wing c.
  • 10/12/2014 7:59:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsECS KBN-I/2100 DOA

Pros: I purchased this product because I wanted a low power HTPC. The rebate was added incentive. The rebate did finally arrive but I still can't use the motherboard.

Cons: I am unable to get this motherboard/CPU combo to display any output (neither VGA and/or HDMI). I contacted ECS directly via their support site got a response with generic how-to. I re-installed and re-wired the motherboard 3 times just in case I made a mistake. I tested the power supply with a tester. I purchased another power supply - Cosair CX430. Still unable to get this system to power up. I attempted to contact ECS for a 2nd time requested a replacement but did not get a response back.

Components
Motherboard - ECS KBN-I/2100
RAM - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0
HD - Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000LM014
Case - Antec ISK-600
Power Supply - Cosair CX430

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the POST issues you are experiencing. If you still have not received a response to your current request, please contact us by the email or phone number below. Currently we have no open cases for the KBN-I/2100. We sincerely apologize for any miscommunication that you may have encountered and will look into your concerns.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Tyler T.
  • 9/28/2014 2:08:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome little board

Pros: Works for MythTV with latest open source 'radeon' driver and VDPAU for 720p/1080i video playback with low CPU utilization.

Though it's fanless, it has two fan headers and the BIOS will do temperature-controlled variable fan speed control via PWM.

Cons: A 24-pin ATX power connector is required, 20-pin does not work.

If you use a latching SATA cable, the heatsink is in the way so you can't get your finger in to unlatch your cable -- have to use a tool.

Other Thoughts: There have been reports of NIC driver issues under Linux, but I've had zero problems on Debian Jessie, which I assume already has the latest/correct drivers.

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  • Jeff C.
  • 8/22/2014 12:07:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWaste of time & money

Pros: fanless
small profile

Cons: Network adapter shuts off too early to use outside of OS
Slower than expected

Other Thoughts: Have built several systems, so I know my way around. Build this to use on the living room entertainment system, but utilize my SiliconeDust HDHomerun Prime tuner. Didn`t expect a high end gaming system, but did expect something that would run as a HTPC for a basic setup. Had a hard time steaming videos over the network and was slow as hell to load programs. Figured I`d try to help it by upgrading the HD from the standard 250gb HD to an SSD drive. That`s where the poor design really falls flat. While trying to reinstall the system onto the new SSD from my home server, I discovered that the Realtek drivers don`t function properly, requiring you to DL the drivers from Realtek and load them on a thumb drive. But don`t bother, because the ethernet jack shuts down after a couple minutes, while the WHS Restore software is installing. No ethernet, no finding the server, no restore. Going to have to order a USB/ethernet adapter to even get it up running. Too much work for too little reward. Going to keep an eye out for an alternative setup.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing with your motherboard. If you haven't already, we would like for you to contact us. We would like to find out more about your configuration and work with you in finding a solution. I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.

Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,

Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Lynn W.
  • 8/20/2014 1:32:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDont bother - it wont last

Pros: Low power use, true x86_64 cpu thats fast enough to do some real work. Holds 32GB of ram, and you could use it as a KVM virtual machine host, but its likely too slow for most guests. Works great as a firewall or file server, or even a basic desktop.

Cons: I've purchased one of these and two of the ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core, and they have all died after a few months of light use. I usually never have problems with ECS motherboards, but I think from now on I'll buy other brands.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing with your motherboard. If you haven't already, we would like for you to contact us. We would like to find out more about your configuration and work with you in finding a solution.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Seth R.
  • 8/10/2014 7:18:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUbuntu 13.10

Pros: low price
low wattage
easy Ubuntu install

Cons: no pcie screws (cm2.5x3*)

Other Thoughts: Ubuntu 13.10 installs easily, but needs the binary driver to run.

pcie screws CM 2.5x3*

After Ubuntu Desktop Install:
sudo apt-get install jockey-common
sudo jockey-text -l
sudo jockey-text -e kmod:fglrx
sudo amdconfig --initial
sudo reboot

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