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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Robert G.
  • 7/18/2014 12:39:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat HTPC set!

Pros: Great low power board for playing HD video. I currently run windows 8.1 and xbmc off of a 32gb ssd, and a 1.5tb hd for media. It runs 1080p with ease.

Cons: It is a bit slow with streaming content but that's because only the processor is handling that, and loses the benefit of the great GPU on the chip. I wish it had a USB 3.0 header on the board.

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  • Stephen R.
  • 6/5/2014 9:10:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbasic, basic computing.

Pros: Tiny ITX form factor.
fairly inexpensive
sips power.

Cons: Single channel memory only
Slow

Other Thoughts: I would recommend something like this if you wanted a very very basic file server.
There's only two SATA ports on the board so you're pretty well stuck with 8 TB (4x4) if you go that route.

I bought this for 30 bucks after coupons for my wife, who uses multiple computers to print out coupons. I have this, along with several other small computer systems cobbled together from free after rebate promotional parts, and set them all up for remote access so she can use them to print multiples of coupons, getting around software limits imposed by coupon sites.
It works great for that purpose, but I wouldn't ever use this for personal use.
Subjectively, when paired with a 32GB SSD and 2GB of DDR3 RAM it's still a bit slow in Windows 7, and will struggle to play even 720P video without lagging on youtube. Flash heavy sites also bog down the computer.

If you're thinking of picking one up to use as an HTPC, I would invest a few bucks more and go higher. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Wei X.
  • 4/28/2014 12:31:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fanless, quite, low power consumption

Cons: Can't get the 8111E network adapter work under Windows 8.1 with default driver or the driver downloaded from Realtek.

Other Thoughts: It is slow, but it should be expected. I use it as a HTPC and home NAS and it is good enough.

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  • Jeremy E.
  • 4/26/2014 11:45:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little project board

Pros: Was very impressed by this little board and the features it did contain for the price I paid and it's power consumption.

Cons: Can be slow, no 1600 :(

Other Thoughts: I use this as a project board for all my weekend nonsense. PFsense, Linux distros, freenas, owncloud, plex and all sorts of random junk.

Sure it isn't very fast, but that is a given. I purchased a cheap intel NIC on Fleabay so I can have easy access to driver compatibility.

Great for projects that don't require much

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/13/2014 2:06:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes exactly what I needed it to do

Pros: Inexpensive
Quiet
Pretty fast for the price

Cons: Two things:
1. Not really a con but make SURE you use a 24-pin Power supply connector. Some boards will work with 20, this one WON'T. I had a 20-pin so bought a cheap converter for like $4 and problem solved.
2. When I was trying to mount the board, I pushed on the heat sync on the processor a little and it *seemed* to pop off but then when I felt around, it was still on there so that worries me a little bit. Anyway, it's been running and not freaking out so I guess the heat is ok.

Other Thoughts: This board was smaller than I expect for some reason. It's tiny, about 8" x 8". Fit into my case great, slapped some memory in and we were off to loading Win7-64 bit. Loaded without a hitch. Do need the driver CD as Win7 doesn't pick up some devices itself. Loaded all drivers did Win updates and... This thing runs great! It's not real fast, ok true, but it's not a slug either. It's actually perfect for running XBMC (open source media center/home cinema software) or Windows Media center. It performs flawlessly. Runs quiet as it has no processor fan. Low power. Everything is better than hoped. I highly recommend!

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  • John N.
  • 3/31/2014 11:14:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little board

Pros: Great fit in a mini-ITX case. Lots of features in a small, low-power package. Full size and mini PCIe expansion options. AESNI support is nice for SSH and VPN connections.

Cons: CPU not overwhelming, but I knew that going in.

Other Thoughts: Running this board with 8GB RAM and a pair of 4TB drives to power a FreeBSD ZFS + backup server and it's working great. I did need a recent OS snapshot for a functional NIC driver. Not using audio or video at all.

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  • Kelly S.
  • 3/20/2014 8:42:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCannot Boot in UEFI BIOS!

Pros: Passively cooled, adequate power from the AMD APU to run 1080P video, and very low power consumption should make this a nice HTPC build.

Cons: I cannot, for the life of me, get this board to boot when UEFI BIOS is selected! I have tried copying the Windows ISO to a flash drive (shows up as UEFI-Flash Drive), using a disk, and modifying numerous settings in an attempt to use the full 4TB hard disk that I have installed (I need one large drive for HTPC use), but it keeps going into BIOS as if there are no boot devices available. I am at a loss...

Other Thoughts: I tried to boot using legacy BIOS and it worked fine, no idea why I can't get it to boot when UEFI is selected. Otherwise it seems like it would be a great board, however I would recommend avoiding it (as well as ECS altogether for this same reason) if you want to use a hard disk greater than 2TB or UEFI for any other reason.

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  • David M.
  • 3/17/2014 1:07:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap and super quiet board. low power.
makes a great little linux box.

Cons: Slow but I was expecting that and it is what I payed for.

rebate - Heard the horror stories of these ECS rebates and finding the serial number on these boards is a pain. I am still unsure if I put the right number on the rebate form. - knocked an egg for that.

Other Thoughts: I have never been a huge fan of ECS. I bought a couple boards of theirs back when a local retailer used to practically give them away after a rebate and processor purchase. We used those in some of my friends builds and those computers never were right until we swapped the boards out. That was over 5 years ago though so I am taking a chance on this one since its new with warranty.

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  • Robert B.
  • 3/15/2014 8:47:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood things in small packages

Pros: Just sips power - runs at about 16-17 watts during normal use. Has good graphics ability but can be a little choppy. I am using as a basement back up computer, and for this purpose it works well. No nose! No little noisy cpu fan whizzing away = very quiet. Its got a pico dc power supply hooked to a fanless power brick. (BTW this 12v supply came from a discarded cpap machine....)
Still, this is a good performer for a very reasonable cost.

Cons: How fast can a machine be that is really a phone chip glued on a micro board? Use this for casual computing or for small footprint tasks, it can be annoying waiting for the screen to progress. I installed the latest version of Crunchbang Linux and this seems to be a very good combo.

Other Thoughts: This board just does not have the horsepower for games or intensive computing.
I put this into a case which previously held a VIA c7, and it runs rings around that older computer. I have tried to speed it up with a small solid state drive, and I am considering a video card to help it with graphics. --in keeping with the theme, it would be a fanless card.

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  • Kim T.
  • 3/7/2014 11:07:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's decent for surfing the net

Pros: Simple setup. It works with Windows 7. Boot up is rather slow. It's ok to surf the net. A little slow though.

Cons: Slow. CPU temp. tends to hoover around 40-46 C. I also put in a video card, but still slow. Don't recommend for Videos or Gamings.

Other Thoughts: if you want to put together a cheap system to surf the net, then it's a bargain;otherwise, spend more money on a better combo unit if you plan to watch videos or play games.

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