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ECS LIVA X Mini PC SFF Desktop PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ECS

The Teardown




The four screws actually compress the large heat sink against the SOC. It is extremely simple to remove and the heat sink doesn't use paste, instead it uses thermal pads to make contact with the Celeron SOC and two of the memory chips.




To actually remove the PCB out of the chassis, you need to unscrew the D-SUB (VGA) port screws, and then it just comes right out. The internal parts of the chassis are all aluminum, and dual antennas (WIFI and BT) are integrated.




The mSATA port is located on the bottom of the PCB, so you have to remove the PCB to install it. The WIFI/BT card and the SOC are located on the topside. A battery for the CMOS is located on the bottom.




This is the Intel Celeron N2808 which is a 22nm Bay Trail SOC. This SOC can turbo the CPU to 2.25GHz and the Intel HD graphics to 792MHz. It supports four PCI-E lanes, two SATA ports, and up to two displays. ECS has taken advantage of these specifications by adding in the mSATA slot and both display outputs.




Four Hynix H5TC8G63AMR provide 4GB total (4x1024MB) DDR3L memory. You can also see the integrated VRMs for each set of low power memory.




The SanDisk SDIN8DE4-64G is a 64GB eMMC which uses MLC NAND.




This is an AzureWave RT3290 which is a WIFI 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 combo card.




The Realtek ALC283 is a two channel audio codec which powers the single headphone/speaker output.




The Realtek RTL8111G is a 1GBit NIC which is used to power the RJ-45 LAN port.




This is an Intersil ISL95837, which is a 1+1 phase PWM. It can power two separate single phase systems. It does provide up to three internal drivers, in case a manufacturer wants to double phases. ECS is using two Infineon Dual OptiMOS BSC0921 which each include a high and low side MOSFET. These are very high quality MOSFETs, and can do up to 40A each. The MOSFET selection is overkill, which ensures cool operation.




This is a 64Mbit BIOS ROM used for the ECS BIOS.

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