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ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect Gentoo/XBMC box 12/05/2013

This review is from: ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Have it working perfectly as a XBMC machine running Gentoo Linux. Not sure what other review(s) are going on about when they claim poor Linux compatibility. Everything works fine, even accelerated video decoding w/ HDMI audio out--even have VSYNC enabled to prevent tearing!
Also have streaming of Adobe flash movies from Google play, youtube, etc working.
STRONGLY recommend this platform for a media center machine when running Linux!

Entire system uses roughly 17 W at the outlet when idle, although I haven't yet started working on aggressive power savings so, hopefully, if I can get this even lower...

Cons: I suppose the price is a little high but I prefer it over the 1.5GHz clocked model as there are times when playing adobe flash movies that the extra clockspeed helps...

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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Uhh... Modular cables are nice? When it died, at least it didn't fry anything else! That's good, right?

Cons: Died after 5 days. Machine wouldn't do anything, no CPU fans, nothing... Well, the mobo power LED came on, I guess.. Corsair was kind enough to RMA it for me, however, they evidently aren't kind enough to pick up the shipping tab for me to send it back. Apparently it's fine with them that their customer's share the tab when their products fail.

Other Thoughts: Didn't want to wait the ages it will take to get a questionable replacement Corsair PSU so I went to the store and bought an Enermax. The Enermax has been great so far and I've always had good luck with them. I suppose it's my fault for going "cheap" ($149 isn't super cheap, however) and not going ahead and buying the Enermax. Anyway, I guess when the Corsair comes in I'll have a spare power supply...

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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor HDZ940XCGIBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Clocks can be set for each core, independent of others. AMD Overdrive (I believe you need an AMD/ATI chipset to use?) is really nice. Lets you tweak clocks and voltages from within the OS. No more rebooting in BIOS, unless of course you get too greedy and lock it up :)

Cons: Price... Barely justifyable with Intel's "poor man's" Core i7 priced in the same ballpark.

Other Thoughts: Built an entire Gentoo machine from Stage 3 in 12 hours (includes Xorg, KDE, etc). Doing parallel emerge, parallel make on this quad code Phenom I was at times quite I/O bound. Makes me wonder if a purchase of a more expensive (DDR3, mobo, proc) Core i7 is even worth it. I saved my money and put it toward 15K SAS to address the I/O problem.

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ROBERT J.'s Profile

Display Name: ROBERT J.

Date Joined: 05/20/03

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 02/22/09
  • Last Review: 12/05/13
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