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ECS KBN-I/2100 (V1.1) AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor AMD Kabini (SOC) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

  • AMD APU
  • DDR3 1333
  • AMD Radeon HD 8210 graphics
  • Supports DirectX 11

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

The ECS KBN-I/2100 is built with high-quality components, and provides the industry's highest level of features and technologies. It’s an absolute top choice for any DIY users.

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Features at a Glance

  • Applied 100% Solid capacitor design to maximize component reliability
  • ESD Protection prevents computers from electrostatic discharge damage to enhance its durability and lifespan
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Certified
  • ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eSF
  • Free Bundle: CyberLink Media Suite
  • Applied Solid Capacitor

    Better conductivity and heat resistance can be expected as well thus the system stability can be assured under critical conditions.

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    Durathon Technology - Motherboard quality you can trust.

    When it comes to the quality and durability of your motherboard, ECS goes above and beyond industry standards to ensure that you have a motherboard that will last long and always continue to out-perform the competition. Trust only motherboards built with Durathon Technology.

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    ECS EZ BIOS

    ECS EZ BIOS is an exclusive design and the most convenient tool to adjust BIOS in graphical interface. Designed with stunning user-friendly interface and easy-to-use function including Auto OC, boost priority, and security function, EZ BIOS can radically take full advantage of the performance, high-end gaming, multi-tasking and energy efficiency. The latest ECS EZ BIOS allow users to fully satisfy their growing demand with the unique operating designed.

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    general information Press 2 BIOS

    Press 2 BIOS is designed for entering BIOS directly by pressing Power button for 2 seconds when the system is shutdown.

    general information AMD SoC (System-on-a-chip) Processor

    AMD APU equips with the world's first x86 quad-core system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor, 50% increase in performance over the 1th Gen APU.

    Support HD Video Playback

    Smoothly playback all H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video with minimal CPU usage through integrated Graphics in chipset or CPU.

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    DirectX 11 Support

    DirectX 11 features the latest technologies of Compute Shaders, Direct 2D, Multithreaded Rendering and Tessellation for create rich worlds, realistic characters and more fluid gameplay.

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    Speedy Storage Interface - SATA 6Gbps

    Double the transfer speed of SATA 3.0 Gb/s, running at speed up to amazing 6.0Gb/s.

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    Full Duplex Operation Support - USB 3.0

    Ten times the transfer speed of USB2.0, running at speed up to amazing 4.9Gb/s.

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    Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III (M.I.B III)

    Providing the most intelligent and convenient way to adjust the clock/ voltage settings of CPU and memory and get the extra performance.*

    M.I.B. III brings the same convenience interface of overclocking as M.I.B. II, it also comes with advance range of frequency tuning for system performance and superior gaming capability. (*Certain models could only adjust GPU setting according to chipset limitation.)

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    Featuring Mini PCI Express Slot

    The Mini-PCIe slot has a new 52 pin edge connector and it is much smaller in overall size. It is designed for laptops and other small-footprint computer systems and supports Mini-PCI card for mini- Wireless, mini-TV tuner and so on.

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    Learn more about the ECS (EliteGroup) KBN-I/2100 (V1.1)

    Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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    • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
    • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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    Customer Reviews of the ECS (EliteGroup) KBN-I/2100 (V1.1)

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    • Justin L.
    • 5/2/2016 6:19:32 AM
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggsWon't POST with hard drive attached

    Pros: Quiet

    Cons: Won't POST or do anything if there is a hard drive attached to one of the internal SATA ports. Tried multiple hard drives in each port.

    Other Thoughts: Sometimes I can get it to POST/boot after resetting CMOS, but eventually it'll lock up hard and then after a hard reset, it won't POST or boot again, and I have to try a relentless cycle of resetting CMOS with and without the drive attached. Stay away from this if you want a functioning computer. Contacted ECS support online to relay the problem, no response so far in 11 days. I'll update this if anything happens.

    UPDATE: Now it won't POST at all. Past the 30 day return period, so I'll have to hope ECS actually contacts me. It's been 15 days and counting since I contacted them.

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    • Brett A.
    • 4/26/2016 10:40:43 PM
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggsGood For What It Is

    Pros: + Cheap
    + Relatively Low Power Consumption
    + Fanless CPU
    + My RAM Worked
    + Works just fine with Windows 7 Pro 64bit
    + Runs at an Acceptable Speed once you turn off all of the pretty desktop graphics options.
    + Easy BIOS Navigation

    Cons: - Only 2 SATA ports
    - Dual-Core processor is only 1GHz
    - xPCIE ports basically worthless except for a WiFi adapter

    Other Thoughts: I will be running this as an always-on file and printer server. It will likely sit idle 90% of the time.
    I was worried that the RAM I bought wouldn't be compatible (Hyper X Fury) but it seems to work just fine.
    I noticed a remarkable improvement in speed once I set the desktop for performance rather than appearance (basically turned off all of the desktop animations and shadows) and then changed the windows to "Classic mode"
    I haven't had any issues so far. Now to figure out how I want to mount this thing in my desk.

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    • Benjamin K.
    • 4/1/2016 9:46:17 AM
    • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggsRuns Great but Picky about Memory

    Pros: Cheap, Efficient

    Cons: I bought a 4GB stick of memory and fired it up. While the motherboard recognized the memory, I got IO errors trying to install an operating system. You must go to the manufacturers website and pick a memory stick from their list or you will have issues. Once I bought an 8GB stick of memory that was listed on their approved list, I had no issues installing Debian.

    Other Thoughts: I'd certainly recommend the board for the cost (built a computer for well under $200), but I'm deducting a star because this motherboard is absurdly picky about memory and it's not clear from the provided documentation that you really can't deviate from their very specific list of memory model numbers.

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    • David O.
    • 3/26/2016 7:38:23 PM
    • Ownership: more than 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    2 out of 5 eggsIt wasn't what I was expecting in performance.

    Pros: Works, seems like a solid runner. 2 eggs since it is still functional.

    Cons: I don't know why they even put a PCIx slot on this thing. When I built this computer, I was intending it to be a light gaming machine, nothing fancy, but something to run Windows XP and the games I can't play on Windows 7. I used the PCIx slot for a Geforce 640GT, put in 4gb ram, and 180w power supply. In the performance side, this thing is horrible. The processor doesn't have enough performance to make a difference whether I use the onboard video card or a dedicated video card. I thought it was just that the 640gt wasn't any better than the onboard until I put a EVGA Super Clocked 570GTX in it (had to externally power the video card). Even with the 570gtx it still performed the same as the onboard and the 640gt. The processor is at 100% usage almost 100% of the time, even doing simple internet stuff. I even tried Windows 7 starter and Windows 7 64bit with the same results. The E1-2100 is just a slouch, not worth messing with.

    Other Thoughts: If you plan to use this to do anything other than play movies and music, steer away from this product,

    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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    • Anonymous
    • 1/10/2016 6:51:12 PM
    • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggsGreat board for pfsense

    Pros: -Low watts for a 24/7 firewall.

    Cons: None

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    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

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

    • Kelly C.
    • 5/2/2015 7:10:34 PM
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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    • Chloe N.
    • 11/18/2014 9:53:37 PM
    • 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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