Almost a month has passed since the release of AMD’s Kabini APUs. It’s about time we saw some Mini-ITX motherboards featuring the new chips, wouldn’t you say?
Well, ECS has obliged. Earlier this week, the Taiwanese motherboard maker introduced two Mini-ITX mobos with Kabini APUs soldered on. Say hello to the KBN-I series. (Do you see what ECS did there?)
The faster of the two is the KBN-I/5200, which sports AMD’s A6-5200 with Radeon HD 8400 integrated graphics—the flagship of the Kabini fleet. Expansion is provided by one PCI Express x16 (with four four lanes of gen-two bandwidth) and two Mini-PCIe slots. The dual DIMM slots are full-sized and can accommodate up to 32GB of RAM. On the connectivity front, the board has dual 6Gbps SATA, dual USB 3.0, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and other miscellaneous ports and connectors, including a serial port for commercial applications.
The KBN-I/5200’S processor has a 25W power envelope, which is why ECS has strapped a little fan to the cooler. If fanless computing is more up your alley, there’s a board for that: the KBN-I/2100, which is powered by the 9W E1-2100 with Radeon HD 8210 integrated graphics. That mobo otherwise has all of the same features as its sibling, from the dual Mini-PCIe slots to the copy of Norton AntiVirus inexplicably offered on the driver CD. The only difference is the slower chip and the heatsink, which is larger and lacks a fan.
See the gallery below for pictures of both boards.