Computex 2013: Spot the Desktop Kabini [Updated]by Ian Cutress on June 7, 2013 10:50 PM EST
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One of the things on my watch-list for Computex this year was to try and find Kabini desktop parts. Where it sits in AMD’s product stack puts in square in line for various desktop applications, and its SoC/BGA nature means that it will be integrated on motherboards for an all-in-one experience. Yesterday we certainly found a few, but not all of them were in the main motherboard channels – some of them are/were designed for IPC segmentation.
The first model that caught my eye was on the ECS booth:
This model will be released to the market, and is a single model offering the A6-5200 SOC with singular PCIe 2.0 x16 support as well as up to 16 GB DDR3.
We almost missed the ASUS Kabini motherboard when turning a corner into their ROG segment:
The ASUS model looks more akin to a thin mini-ITX spec, featuring SO-DIMM and different power augmentation to standard desktop platforms.
The ASRock Kabini was specifically in the IPC section of their booth, suggesting that it might not see end-user etailers.
The IMB-A180 is a base model for three different Kabini SKUs, with dual core and quad core Jaguar parts. This is more of a combination of the two models above, with ATX power but a PCIe 2.0 x4 and SO-DIMM.
Other Kabini Spotted
We mentioned on Monday regarding the Kabini variants of the Gigabyte BRIX (Intel NUC variant), which might offer a more complete system barebones, and the MSI booth is due up today: I will be looking out for more.
Touring the MSI booth at Computex yielded one Kabini model on display, which is expected to be launched in 4-6 weeks.
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Ryan Smith - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - linkKBN-I.
I tip my hat to you, ECS. That's hilarious.
JarredWalton - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - link+1! That's totally awesome! Not sure how much I like the idea of Kabini as a desktop solution, though I suppose it really depends on pricing.
JDG1980 - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkIt's a shame that Asus didn't use a more powerful, DirectCU-based cooler and do away with that small, noisy fan. A chip with TDP this low shouldn't need active cooling.
Jaybus - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkThe ASRock uses a G-series embedded chip. The Asus uses a A-series "desktop" chip, so it needs active cooling, but also has higher performance.
silverblue - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkI'm still a little confused. I wasn't aware that Kabini even came with a dual channel memory controller, yet these boards' specs appear to state that it does. I think what they meant to put was that it has two DDR3 slots.
lightmanek - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkReading ECS board description I thought it's a mistake, but after reading ASUS board description I no longer was so sure ...
It would be hilarious if manufacturers of these boards didn't even know proper specifications of what they designing :D
cyrusfox - Friday, June 7, 2013 - linkLooks like you guys missed a number of them. Sapphire was showing off the IPC-FT3GT2 and my favorite of them all, the ASRock KA5200-ITX. I just wish they were available now, I am itching to replace my celeron 847 itx board.
Penti - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - linkI would love to see quadcore Kabini A6-5200, mSATA, half height mini-PCIe for wireless, an eSATA connector, maybe the SD-card reader used and a PCIe x16 slot in a Mini-ITX board. Not that it would do much good if I remember correctly there is just 4 lanes PCIe on these Kabini's.
Penti - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - linkMaybe even a PLX-chip would be interesting here, but I would just wait for Kaveri to see some new stuff/boards I guess. Would be interesting to actually see some good Kabini products too though. If they don't release any interesting stuff on AMD I'm sure they have/will for Intel. So I guess you can still get some interesting stuff in the SFF field. Haven't seen much with say 6Gbps mSATA slots though. Doesn't really need a 2.5" SSD if I would go that route.
MrCommunistGen - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - linkLooks like someone cleverly redacted mention of dual channel support on the MSI board's description card...