Tuesday, June 4th 2013

ECS KBN-I AMD "Kabini" SoC Motherboard Smiles for the Camera

ECS unveiled one of the very few mini-ITX motherboards to ship with an AMD "Kabini" A6-5200. The chip integrates both the APU and FCH, making it a true system-on-chip (SoC). It packs four x86-64 "Jaguar" CPU cores, a Radeon HD 8400 series GPU with 128 stream processors, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, and a modern FCH chipset. On the KBN-I, the 28 nm chip is cooled by a small fan-heatsink. The PCB area gained by the single-chip solution is used to create two mPCIe expansion slots, in addition to the PCI-Express 2.0 x16. The board draws power from just a 24-pin ATX connector. Connectivity include two SATA 6 Gb/s ports, 6-channel HD audio, D-Sub and HDMI display outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, and a gigabit Ethernet connection.
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7 Comments on ECS KBN-I AMD "Kabini" SoC Motherboard Smiles for the Camera

#1
shovenose
by: btarunr
ECS unveiled one of the very few mini-ITX motherboards to ship with an AMD "Kabini" A6-5200. The chip integrates both the APU and FCH, making it a true system-on-chip (SoC). It packs four x86-64 "Jaguar" CPU cores, a Radeon HD 8400 series GPU with 128 stream processors, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, and a modern FCH chipset. On the KBN-I, the 28 nm chip is cooled by a small fan-heatsink. The PCB area gained by the single-chip solution is used to create two mPCIe expansion slots, in addition to the PCI-Express 2.0 x16. The board draws power from just a 24-pin ATX connector. Connectivity include two SATA 6 Gb/s ports, 6-channel HD audio, D-Sub and HDMI display outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, and a gigabit Ethernet connection.

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Except for disliking those little fans, seems great for an HTPC or carputer.
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#2
Jstn7477
Looks like a nice upgrade for an E350/E450 based system. Dual channel DDR3 is a welcome upgrade as well, since overclocking the E350's single channel memory to 1600 MHz made a noticeable improvement aside from the rather bad CPU bottleneck.
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#3
agent00skid
Isn't Kabini only equipped with a single channel memory controller?
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Nano ITX is what we need. Someone get to it.
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#5
JDG1980
My experience with ECS in the past has been... less than stellar. (Admittedly, that was in the original Athlon era - but they've hardly sold anything in the US since then, at least not that I've seen). You know what would be really nice? An Asus Kabini motherboard with a DirectCU-derived fanless cooler. The TDP is low enough that it should be easily doable.
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#6
EpicShweetness
DO WANT! However I can't think of a (personal) use for it . . . . . right now.

by: shovenose
Except for disliking those little fans, seems great for an HTPC or "car"puter.
Looks like the fan isn't PWM, just regular 3 pin. So you could always unplug it, or replace it with a slower larger fan. :cool:
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#7
vinibali
by: Jstn7477
Looks like a nice upgrade for an E350/E450 based system. Dual channel DDR3 is a welcome upgrade as well, since overclocking the E350's single channel memory to 1600 MHz made a noticeable improvement aside from the rather bad CPU bottleneck.
this SoC(Kabini, Temash) has also single-channel!

by: EpicShweetness

Looks like the fan isn't PWM, just regular 3 pin. So you could always unplug it, or replace it with a slower larger fan. :cool:
when its not pwm, could be also voltage regulated.
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