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    Default ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

    AMD's APU series market has really picked up pace over the last few years. The most recent updates to their current road map, included the new FM2+ socket A88X based chipset and the Kaveri Processor. This has really generated a great deal of interest with many of today's budget conscious consumers. However, with no updates to AMD's enthusiast FX series chip road map, AMD's APU series is really the only new technology we are seeing at the moment from its consumer line. With that said, we are excited to see that AMD is starting to put more budget friendly APU technology out in the market and we are going to shed some light on what to expect.

    Today we are looking at a very new low-budget APU inspired motherboard. It includes the Kabini SoC processor (which runs the Jaguar APU Cores) on a Radeon HD8000 series graphics base, and it does it all in a tight nit space.At the beginning of the year, ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) announced this Kabini SoC processing unit which houses an AMD A6-5200 CPU. It also includes a Radeon 8400 GPU all in a small mini-ITX form factor APU combo. Today we got our nitty gritty hands on this tiny power house to put it to the test. We are excited to see what this Quad Core A6-5200 APU can do.

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    Default Re: ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

    A decent little board and chip for general computing use. Good review Kenny.

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    Good review Kenny. I need that board for my HTPC Case.

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    Default Re: ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

    Thanks Guys! Not the most powerful motherboard and chip, but for someone just looking to do basic internet web surfing and basic media streaming, its a great option for a low cost system. IMO, this is a great starter kit for kids to begin with. With the lower power consumption, you can build a simple build for about $300 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Thanks Guys! Not the most powerful motherboard and chip, but for someone just looking to do basic internet web surfing and basic media streaming, its a great option for a low cost system. IMO, this is a great starter kit for kids to begin with. With the lower power consumption, you can build a simple build for about $300 bucks.
    Yep I need to get that board. My son Alex want's to do a build just for surfing the web.

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    Huh... I wasn't really expecting to see any redeeming qualities with this board but I stand corrected. I bet this thing would work decently for a Steam Machine as well. Nice review Kenny, touches on the things that matter without too much fluff!

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    Thanks Mike!
    A Steam machine can be a possibility, I still feel it may be a bit lacking on the performance side and can potentially hold any decent GPU back for Gaming, The 2.0GHz quad core sound good on paper, but like shown in the benchmarks once a heavy load is placed on the cores they max out pretty fast. For a HTPC hosting XMBC or media hosting is more likely the capabilities this board can do outside of the normal use of web surfing and emails. Which is why I didn't even mention Steam Box.

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    I know I can find a use for this board with no problems. Build it in the smallest HTPC case I can find and mount it to the back of my tv. XMBC software,Wireless mouse, KB and Network and this would be freaking awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    I know I can find a use for this board with no problems. Build it in the smallest HTPC case I can find and mount it to the back of my tv. XMBC software,Wireless mouse, KB and Network and this would be freaking awesome.
    Yup, exactly my thoughts... mini HTPC box set up with XMBC is a home run here.

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