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ECS LIVA X Mini PC SFF Desktop PC Review (Page 1)

ECS LIVA X Mini PC SFF Desktop PC Review

Today we take a close look at ECS's latest small form factor PC offering, the LIVA X Mini PC, featuring a passively cooled Intel BayTrail SOC setup.

Steven Bassiri | Jan 28, 2015 at 9:10 am CST - 2 mins, 5 secs time to read this page
Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ECS


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Elitegroup Computer Systems, better known as ECS, is a well-founded computer hardware manufacturer. They not only make their own products, but have been known to act as an ODM for many companies in the market. You might buy a video card from "X" brand, but ECS might actually be the manufacturer that manufactured that device.

Because of this large range of manufacturing possibilities, ECS is able to make whatever they want to their own specifications. ECS is looking to get into the Small Form Factor PC game, and the LIVA X is their second release, aimed at a market that is all about low power and noise. The LIVA X uses a fanless design, rather a large heat sink cools down the Bay Trail SOC, making it a 0dB computer.


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The CPU is an Intel Bay Trail SOC, the Celeron N2808, which is a dual-core 22nm CPU running at 1.58GHz (with a 2.25GHz Turbo). The CPU has an extremely low TDP of only 4.5W, which is lower than some chipsets on mainstream motherboards. The CPU also supports a maximum of 4GB DDR3L, and the model tested features that maximum 4GB of memory soldered directly onto the board itself.

The sample also carries a 64GB eMMC drive, and I installed Windows 8.1 on it. ECS's website states that in some regions Windows 8.1 will come pre-loaded, so you should check that out and don't assume it comes with an OS. ECS made sure to include a second storage option, an empty mSATA slot, so you can install Windows 7 and expand storage how you see fit.

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The LIVA X is priced at $249.99 for the 4GB/64GB (DRAM/eMMC) version and $209.99 for the 2GB/32GB version. This price doesn't include Windows 8, which puts it on the expensive side when compared to some other units which include the OS.

However, ECS is aiming to provide a combination of features that some other SFFPCs might not have, such as dual display outputs (you can use the D-SUB and HDMI outputs at the same time for dual displays), mSATA, and 0dB operation.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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