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This review is from: ECS KBN-I/2100 AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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.
Pros: Low price and no issues. Snapped in flawlessly and is much more economical than the performance memory sticks. I am using just one gig in a very low budget backup running Ubuntu and a low end CPU.
Cons: None I can point to but I have not done any kind of testing other than normal use.
Other Thoughts: You probably need bigger sticks for other types of applications.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Standard AMD CPU Cooler
Pros: pretty quiet, runs faster or shuts off depending on temps and even at full speed is not very loud. The case fan was much noisier so that was replaced....This fan also has the thermal paste applied so no need to buy extra. I bought an oem chip with no cooling unit and this one works great so far. The CPU is a low watt 45tdp so a small fan is just fine. the temp monitor seldom goes above average, so it's cooled well.
Cons: you might need something bigger if you are cooling a six core CPU but then that would have a fan in the box most likely.
Other Thoughts: This was part of an effort to revive an old computer trying to stay under a hundred. Did not pan out so the new board, CPU, recertified hard drive, just one gig of memory are happily in a new case and running Ubuntu. Reused the old cd rom, monitor, power supply, hard drive, mouse, keyboard. Good back up. spent about one fifty so very pleased.READ FULL REVIEW