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Guest Review: ECS Liva Z2

This review has been provided by forum member Duality92! Editing has been performed by John Morrison. I would like to take this opportunity to thank ECS for this product sample, they have provided me with an ECS Liva Z2 for the purpose of this review. ECS is no newcomer in the Mini PC world, this is the third unit I have reviewed, the others being the Liva Plus and the miniscule Liva Q. The Liva Z2 is the latest generation of the fanless Mini PC lineup from ECS. It sports the Intel Gemini Lake CPU, which were released in Q4 …
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ECS Introduces the H110I-C4P ITX LGA1151 Motherboard

ECS has launched a new M-ITX motherboard – the H110I-C4P, a value-orientated board based on Intel’s H110 chipset. The board features support for 6th generation Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors, in the LGA1151 package. For power delivery, the usual ATX 24-pin and 4-pins are present, sending electrons to a simple 4-phase VRM. The CPU is wired to a pair of DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2133 memory. Expansion slots include the usual PCI-Express 3.0 x16, 4x USB3.0 ports, 6-channel ALC662 HD audio and gigabit ethernet (powered by a Realtek RTL8111H chipset). Storage expansion features four SATA 6 …
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Intel’s 5×5 is Making a Comeback

A while back, Intel previewed it’s 5×5 form factor, designed to be smaller than M-ITX. New boards and cases have been released for the form factor, with a new name – Mini-STX. At CES, ASRock discussed its upcoming H110M-STX Mini PC that will use the form factor. The chassis ASRock specified for this new mini-PC measured 155 x 155 x 80 mm (L x W x H), 1.9 litres. Although SFF PCs of this size are relatively common (Intel NUC, Gigabyte Brix, etc), they are almost entirely built with soldered CPUs and GPUs and can’t be upgraded beyond changing the memory …
Motherboards

ECS A960M-MV – M-DTX… or is it?

AMD’s AM3+ platform is great for value performance, but there’s one major market segment left unfilled by motherboard manufacturers with this socket – SFF. The board featured here today is the ECS A960M-MV, the smallest FX-Capable motherboard, but it has it’s caveats. Lets find them. Here are the specifications, note them, as we’ll come back to certain points here. Product link here. CPU º Supports AMD® AM3+ & AM3 socket for AMD® FX-Series and Phenom™ II processors º High Performance AMD HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface º Solid Capacitor for CPU side º Supports AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ º Please refer to CPU support list for details CHIPSET º AMD® 760G …