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The company Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) produces not only motherboards, but also ready-made computers of very different form factor: mini-PCs, laptops, monoblocks, tablets. Perhaps they are not as well known to the Russian user as similar devices of other brands, but this defect is easily eliminated. Actually, today we are just going to get acquainted with the new mini-PC ECS development. The LIVA X model, which got to us in the test lab, has a predecessor, the LIVA mini PC, with a slightly different design and less productive hardware platform.

# Package Contents

The Mini PC comes in a compact black cardboard box, which contains all the necessary information about the characteristics and capabilities of the device. Inside, in addition to the computer itself, the following was found:

  • power adapter with fixed power cable and three removable plugs of different standards;
  • VESA metal fastening with a set of screws;
  • CD with drivers and software;
  • a printed guide to getting started in Russian.

# Specifications

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ECS LIVA X
The processor Intel Celeron N2808, 1.58 GHz (up to 2.25 GHz)
The graphic controller Intel HD Graphics
Operative memory 4 GB DDR3L-1333
The accumulator 64 GB eMMC
The connector of flash cards Out of stock
Interfaces 1 × USB 3.0
2 × USB 2.0
1 × RJ-45
1 × HDMI input
1 × D-Sub output
1 × 3.5 mm composite audio output
Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth 4.0
The network adapter 10/100/1000 Mbit / s
The sound of the Realtek ALC283 High Definition Audio
Additionally 1 × mSATA (free) mount VESA
The size, mm 135 × 83 × 40
Operating system software Not available
The official manufacturer's warranty n / a
Price, rubles. n / a

Motherboard

Information about the processor and chipset

The LIVA X model is based on the Intel Bay Trail-M platform, and more specifically, on the Intel Celeron N2808 processor. It is produced using 22-nanometer technology and built on the Silvermont microarchitecture. This is a very economical dual-core SoC processor, running at a base clock speed of 1.58 GHz, but capable of overclocking to 2.25 GHz if necessary. The processor has only 1 MB of cache memory of the second level, but the maximum value of the dissipated thermal energy (TDP) for Intel Celeron N2808 is only 4.3 W, which makes it possible to install it in the most compact devices, one of which is LIVA X. Recall , Earlier similar processors Intel referred to the Atom family, but just in time with the release of Bay Trail decided to call them Celeron, so that Atom remained only in mobile devices.

Modules of operative memory DDR3L-1333

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Memory Information

The device is delivered in different versions depending on the amount of RAM and built-in storage. We were tested for the sample in the maximum configuration. It is impossible to change it yourself: all LIVA X modules are soldered on the motherboard and can not be replaced. RAM is represented by four modules DDR3L-1333 SK Hynix H5TC8G63AMR, which have a total capacity of 4 GB. This is the maximum possible amount of RAM, with which the built-in controller works.

The drive uses the Toshiba THGBMBG9D8KBAIG eMMC module with a capacity of 64 GB. The younger version of LIVA X has only 2 GB of RAM, and the eMMC-module has a capacity of 32 GB. In addition, there is an empty mSATA slot on the LIVA X motherboard, into which an optional SSD module can be installed.

Information about video adapters

Graphics from LIVA X is integrated into the SoC – discrete adapter for this mini-PC for obvious reasons is not provided. The Intel HD Graphics core operates at 313 MHz in nominal mode and can be accelerated to 792 MHz. Nothing particularly outstanding, it does not differ. One can only note the possibility of simultaneous connection of two displays, for which the HDMI and D-Sub video outputs are placed on the mini-PC, as well as working with DirectX 11, Intel Quick Sync Video and Intel Wireless Display technologies.

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Audio controller Realtek ALC283

A set of interfaces for connecting external devices is represented by three USB ports, one of which has the specification 3.0, and two, less fast, 2.0. Onboard LIVA X there is a complete set of communications. The wire part is represented by the Realtek RTL8111G gigabit Ethernet module. Wireless interfaces are realized thanks to the preinstalled mini-PCIe AzureWave AW-NB159H card, which carries Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n with the Realtek RTL8723BE controller. Well, the audio capabilities of the device are represented by the widely used Realtek ALC283 controller. Among the shortcomings, it is worth noting the absence of a built-in flash card reader on board.

# Design and ergonomics

The device is made in a plastic case with a heavy metal base. From the outside, a panel can be attached to this base for mounting to the rear wall of the monitor, and from the inside, an original cooling system is attached, which we will consider a little later. The case at LIVA X looks like a simple parallelepiped of black color with smooth walls and minimal amount of design refinements. It is quite high – compared to other mini-PCs, but overall compact. When mounted on a table, the device rests on four rubber feet of a cylindrical shape, in the central part of which the fastening screws are located.

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<p> The front panel carries all three USB ports and a small square power button with a green LED next to it. All other interfaces are on the back of the case. Here are: network port RJ-45, two video outputs – HDMI and D-Sub, a connector for connecting the power adapter. The audio connector is also here, although this can hardly be called a successful solution. The latter is combined with an audio output for headphones, and an input for a microphone. </p>
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<p> One of the side faces of LIVA is a ventilation grille. It also houses a slot for securing the Kensington security lock. </p>
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The cooling system

To get to the hardware component of the novelty, you need to unscrew the four screws on the bottom metal panel of the case, taking off which the user sees another heavy piece of metal. This radiator, which LIVA X has a large finned metal plate, the area is precisely fit in the internal dimensions of the body. The reverse side of the radiator, through the thermoconductive cushions attached to it, is adjacent to the central processor and two RAM modules. Heat from the radiator itself is dissipated through the metal base of the housing and additional ventilation holes in it. There is no active cooling system for LIVA X, as there are no other sources of noise – it is completely silent system.

If you remove the heat sink, the processor, memory chips and wireless adapter open up to the eye. Two more memory chips are located on the other side of the motherboard, together with an eMMC drive and an audio controller. There is also an empty mSATA slot in the given sample for connecting SSD-drives.

The plastic part of the enclosure from the inside is completely covered with a thin tin cover, to which the antenna of the wireless module is attached. The assembly of the device is qualitative, although on the PCB's textolite the divergences from the flux are visible. On the other hand, they do not affect the operation of the computer in any way, and therefore can hardly be regarded as a flaw.

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