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This review is from: ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: The A6-5200 is plenty fast.
Cons: Lousy memory support (couldn't get my 8gb module to work)
Lousy tech support from company (filling out a ticket is a nightmare, and they require things like the serial number, which is nowhere to be found).
UEFI BIOS doesn't support memory timings, just speeds. It adjusts timings own its own based on the speed, regardless of how you change them. It's also buggy and counter-intuitive.
Other Thoughts: If you can find this processor in a different motherboard, from a different maker, go for it.
Do not buy from ECS, they did as poorly as one could have expected.
Also, this board does NOT support XP. It will work, kind of, but because the Kabini has no XP drivers from AMD, the iGPU is not support, making for a very awkward XP experience. It's essentially unusable on XP, but runs fine on Windows 8.1. I wish it were the other way around.
This review is from: VisionTek Radeon X1050 DirectX 9 900128 256MB GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
Pros: The card installed easily, and is very quite, of course. It works well enough, and is rather cheap. I had to fiddle with the drivers a little, but it was relatively easy.
Cons: This thing gets seriously hot. I have a high threshold for pain, and I can't touch the PCB for more than four seconds before I have to let go. Strangely, the back of the PCB is hotter than the heatsink. It works, for now, but it's way hotter than I am comfortable with.
Other Thoughts: This is not a R520 based GPU, it's a rehashed R300. I found this out after I bought it, thanks to ATI's weird numbering scheme (every other x1000 is R5xx series). I would not buy this again due to the amount of heat it creates, I was kind of prepared for its limited functionality.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CHENMING CMUI-601AECB-U Charcoal Black 1.0mm SECC Server Computer Case
Pros: Cheap, uses EATX, and quite large.
Cons: It's got the twin charms of being both heavy and flimsy at the same time. It has sharp edges too. It's very poorly made, complete junk, and disagreeable to work with. It came bent and was difficult to even open.
Other Thoughts: If you need something cheap that will use EATX, and don't mind working with garbage, then this is for you. You get what you pay for.READ FULL REVIEW