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ASUS Barebone Vintage 2

ASUS Barebone Vintage 2
alaScore 77

36 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ASUS Barebone Vintage 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 36 reviews)

5 expert reviews

User Reviews  

Showing 1 - 10 of 31 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (5)

Consumer review by:

its okay at best

 

get something with sata!

Not a terrible price, quality case material

Its been about a year and the USB ports are almost dead. Wireless HID devices and card readers will work, but anything requiring a good amount of power wont like external hdd's, or a ipod/zune/phone will NOT. I kept getting delayed write failure erros,...

Consumer review by:

Decent for the price

 

A good build if your not looking for a powerhouse.Easy to work on and ASUS quality.Going strong for 5 months and counting with a Rosewill power supply.

Solidly built,small size.Good expandability

A little cramped inside,but no sharp edges to cut you.Could use an easier way to update the bios.Lousy power supply,underpowered

Consumer review by:

Here is how to update the BIOS

 

To update the bios first download the latest bios for the ASUS M2V890 barebones from Asus's website. Next: Google Asus Update Utility - Download/Install this. I downloaded from MajorGeeks.com. After the Asus update utility is installed run it. Select...

Stable ; Inexpensive ; Decent Drive Support

Lack of documentation on how to correctly update the BIOS

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Consumer review by:

dont buy it

 

I am a professional computer tech and have overall understanding of computers, but let me tell you this, this is the first time i got stumped! dont buy this barebone unless you check to see from asus what cpu's work.

cheaper than most. quicker because its already assembled

do not use the AMD 64 LE-1600 cpu, it will not take it! i tried 5 hrs of bios searching to get it to update or flash. finally after all of that i came to the conclusion this cpu is not capable of working right unless you wish to press F1 to continue...

Consumer review by:

Updated Review - Don't buy it!

 

I strongly recommend that you do not buy this. It's very cheap, and seems like a good bang for the buck, but it truly is not. The motherboard and power supply make this barebones a terrible buy.

Nice looking case, relatively well put together. Onboard video is of reasonable quality

The Motherboard failed after 6 months. The PCI-E slot never worked properly, preventing the use of a video card. The power supply had to be replaced, won't work if you use a video card, or most common hardware, which require a higher wattage

Consumer review by:

Good Cheap Barebone

 

You should probably flash the BIOS and get a new power supply. With that being said, mine is running fine on the stock PSU with 5000+ Black, 150 GB SATA HD, Optitec DVD-RW, NVidia GeForce 6300GS, 2 X 1GB Kingston RAM.

Very cheap (about half the price of getting a motherboard, PSU, and case separately AR), works after some fiddling. IDE & SATA inputs. Small footprint. Works

Had to flash the BIOS to get it to recognize my 5000+ Black Edition (still worked, but had to press F1 to boot every time). Power supply is a bit low powered. A bit cramped inside the case

Consumer review by:

Seems Great

 

Great little machine. If you buy you need to go here and download manual

No case fans. Nothing is said in the writeup about needing case fans

Consumer review by:

For advanced users only!

 

It's nice if you know how to flash the BIOS using other utilities and have the time to drudge through the ASUS website to find the updated BIOS and instructions. But please stay away from this unless you really know your way around a computer. Don't...

This is a nice combo. The jumpers came preset which saved me like 5 minutes :) But it's a nice mid range computer. Make sure to change the PSU voltage supply to 115V, it comes preset at 230V

DON'T BUT THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE VERY HIGH COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE!! The BIOS did not come with the latest update to use the AM2 CPU and the EZ-Flash Utility didn't work right. I've never updated BIOS before and it took me 4 hours to research and test 5 other...

Consumer review by:

Jaded Asus Fan

 

I am still an ASUS fan boy even after years of having dead/fickle mobos and now these cases. Just be weary and make sure you test these cases for a while when you get them,if you get any blue screens, make sure it's software and not the case it self....

Great Price, good features

I have had 4 different iterations of this case, all AMD Based 2 different Socket AM2 (667 ddr2), 2 (800 ddr2). All 4, I repeat all 4 have had either bad onboard video or would not boot at all. Newegg of course took them all back no questions asked. I...

Consumer review by:

OK SET FOR THE PRICE

 

Do not forget switch the power supply to 115 v my come with 230 defaut

Sturdy case for low price, 2x IDE controller ; for $300.00 with 50 rebate ; AMD x2 4000+, 2 GB DDR2 800, 160 GB sata II ASUS DVD Burner MS keyboard. Use your old ssytem XP = Great upgrade

Needs bios update for new AMD CPU, Asus update utility has some issues

Product Specifications

The V2-AH2 delivers exceptional expandability and performance while the ASUS Recovery Pro assures dynamic and continuous data safety and protection. Recover Pro is an always-available recovery tool. It stores user data, applications and the operating system in the host-protected area of the hard drive. Users can easily recover system to their original factory conditions or to a more recent state without restore CDs. No need to worry about losing data due to system crash. The V2-AH2, with delicate design, is a fusion of technology and aesthetic. The V2-AH2 Barebone is more than just a PC that you hide under the desk. The V2-AH2 blends in with any interior designs with practical space deployment and stylish appearance. Ideal for basic computing to more complex multimedia entertainment, the V2-AH2 provides excellent scalability catering to various user needs. The V2-AH2, through a series of stringent quality tests, provides the best in performance, stability and compatibility. Even the electromagnetic level is tested and improved to limit interference with other devices to provide a superior computing environment.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Micro tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Micro tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Micro tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Micro tower

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.9in/14in/15in
Height:13.9in/15in
Weight:15.4lbs
Width:6.3in/6.6in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:ASUSTeK COMPUTER
Model:V2-AE1/V2-AH2/V2-M2V890/V2-M3N8200/V2-P5945G/V2-P5G31/V2-P5G33/V2-P5G43/V2-PE2/V2-PE3/V2-PH1/V2-PH2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:ASUS V Series/ASUS Vintage

Mainboard

Chipset Type:ATI Radeon Xpress 200 (RC410)/Intel 945G Express/Intel G31 Express/Intel G33 Express/Intel G43 Express/NVIDIA GeForce 6150 / nForce 430/NVIDIA GeForce 8200/VIA K8M800/VIA K8M890/VIA P4M890/VIA UniChrome P4M800 Pro
Data Bus Speed:1000MHz/1066MHz/1333MHz/2600MHz/800MHz
Processor Socket:LGA775 Socket/Socket 939/Socket AM2/Socket AM2+

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Type: None

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Max Supported Qty:1
Type:No CPU
Upgradability:Upgradable

RAM

Installed Size:0MB
Max Supported Size:2GB/4GB/8GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM/DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE/Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB
OS Certified:Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP
Type:PC barebone

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon Xpress 200/Intel GMA 3100/Intel GMA 950/Intel GMA X4500/NVIDIA GeForce 6150/NVIDIA GeForce 8200/VIA Chrome9/VIA UniChrome Pro
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