Showing Results: Most Recent
This review is from: ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It is the only AM1 board that offers Display Port output.
Cons: This board has been the most reliable I've ever had the bad experience to work with. I've had two bad ones, and another that died after six months. I finally have a working one again, but it's still strange to get two bad ones in a row.
Also, the Display Port is very annoying. The UEFI defaults to HDMI, so if you don't have a monitor that can handle it or D-Sub, so you can change it, you're out of luck. My monitor had only Display Port, so I every time I got a new motherboard, or updated the BIOS/UEFI, I had to use another monitor to change the setting. A jumper or switch on the MB would have made more sense if this was unavoidable.
Also, the motherboard would not allow ANY increase in Bclk, so forget overclocking your processor even slightly. Even with a 1 MHz increase, it would not boot.
No MB diagnostic codes for when it fails. It just doesn't do anything.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure how much sense these setups make anyway with Intel Pentiums so cheap. I have both, and the Pentium (non-Atom) based system is much more powerful. Cost savings are minimal if one buys this board as well (it's the most expensive AM1), so probably better off either getting a cheap AM1 MB and going cheap, or just getting a superior Intel solution and paying just a small amount more.READ FULL REVIEW
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