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

  • AMD APU
  • DDR3 1333
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Learn more about the ECS (EliteGroup) KBN-I/2100

Model

Brand
ECS
Model
KBN-I/2100
Combo Type
Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Bundle

CPU
AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor
With Cooler
Yes

Supported CPU

CPU Type
AMD APU

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
2×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 1333
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16
1
Mini Card Slots
2 x Mini PCI Express x1

Storage Devices

SATA
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
AMD Radeon HD 8210 graphics

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
VIA VT1705
Audio Channels
6 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
COM
1
Video Ports
D-Sub
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
Audio Ports
3 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATx Power Supply connector
1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x Onboard Buzzer
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x CLR_CMOS header
1 x Parallel port header (LPT)
1 x TPM header

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Mini ITX

Features

Features
Applied 100% Solid capacitor design to maximize component reliability

ESD Protection prevent computers from electrostatic discharge damage to enhance its durability and lifespan

Microsoft Windows 8 Certified

ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eSF

Free Bundle: Norton Internet Security ,CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerDirector 9,Muzee with trial version

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Chamaine F.
  • 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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  • Hai N.
  • 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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  • Matt D.
  • 3/7/2014 6:28:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood budget motherboard

Pros: Works out of the box to build an Xpenology NAS which is what I bought it for.
Processor is slow but enough to handle plex transcoding fairly decently.

Cons: Only 2 SATA ports
Only 1 PCIx slot
No USB 3.0 expansion so if your case has 3.0 ports you have to use a converter to drop them to 2

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  • jason t.
  • 3/6/2014 10:13:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad, but you'll need extras

Pros: Small, low power, fanless, one half-size and 1 full-size mini-PCIe slots

Cons: Low-end CPU, only 2 SATA ports, only 1 internal USB 2.0 header, no USB 3.0 internal headers, mini-PCIe slots are not mSATA, PCIe 16x physical slot only runs at 4x

Other Thoughts: Bought this board as a low-power replacement for my old Core2Duo HTPC. Seems to do fine with most everything, haven't tested Netflix, etc. yet. If you need more internal USB headers, try: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811997024

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  • Mark S.
  • 3/6/2014 8:22:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent board for the price, but some hardware compatibility issues

Pros: It's hard to complain about a CPU+Motherboard that costs $35 after rebate. Performance is similar to my 67W Athlon 64 from 2005, but this chip draws less than 10W.

Cons: I originally tried to test this board with 4GB Mushkin 1600 MHz RAM and a 20-pin power supply. It refused to work with either. After switching to a 24-pin power supply and trading a friend for some 4GB Samsung 1333 MHz RAM it works fine.

I've heard that this board chokes on streaming video like Netflix, so you might want to consider a more powerful fan-cooled mini-ITX board for an HTPC. I still need to verify the video performance though.

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  • Jung-woo S.
  • 3/5/2014 11:22:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for casual use

Pros: Completely silent. Small form factor. Low power drain. hdmi port. 64-bit dual core cpu with virtualization unlike intel ones. mini-PCI express slots.. 32 Gb maximum memory. Cheap price after the rebate.

Cons: Slow. Realtek NIC hard to setup. no mSATA?

Other Thoughts: Great mobo for home or office use. Put in a SSD and you will have a complete silent PC. Feels slow for a dual-core processor but fine with normal use but 1080p video play capable. If interested, you can put notebook-style power adapter onto this mobo.

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