UCFF

ECS is a well-known OEM in computing circles, known for building motherboards, computers, and industrial / embedded systems for other vendors. Some of their motherboards and small form-factor PCs are marketed under their own brand name - for example, their LIVA series of ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) machines serves markets that are not directly addressed by the Intel NUCs. At the 2020 CES, the company introduced the LIVA Z3 Plus and LIVA Z3E UCFF machines based on the Comet Lake-U processors from Intel. The Z3 Plus has four variants, two based on Core i7 processors and one each based on the i5 and i3 SKUs. This review takes a look at the performance and value proposition of the pre-built Core i5-based LIVA Z3 Plus offering...

Asetek Launches 645LT: A Miniature Closed-Loop Liquid Cooler

When it comes to enthusiast-class PCs, we have seen two notable trends over the past few years. On the one hand, a significant share of high-performance computers now uses...

13 by Anton Shilov on 4/10/2019

Intel's Bean Canyon (NUC8i7BEH) Coffee Lake NUC Review - Ticking the Right Boxes

Intel's NUCs have managed to develop a strong market for ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) machines since they were introduced in the early 2010s. Each CPU generation has seen Intel put...

81 by Ganesh T S on 4/3/2019

AAEON's UP Xtreme: A Mini-Single Board Computer with Intel's Whiskey Lake

AAEON has introduced its new single board computer (SBC) that is powered by Intel’s Core i3/i5/i7 ‘Whiskey Lake’ SoCs. The AAEON UP Xtreme is designed for developers of embedded...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/27/2019

EGlobal's NUC-Like PC Packs Intel’s Unlocked Hex-Core i7-8750HK CPU

EGlobal, a PC maker from China, has started sales of its ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) S200 PC. Uncommon for UCFF PCs, EGlobal's latest machines are based around Intel’s 45W laptop...

41 by Anton Shilov on 2/4/2019

Gemini Lake SFF PC Showdown: Intel's June Canyon (NUC7PJYH) and ECS's LIVA Z2 Reviewed

Small form-factor PCs have become a major growth segment in the PC market over the last decade. In particular, UCFF (ultra-compact form-factor) PCs have become a welcome and permanent...

60 by Ganesh T S on 12/20/2018

ASRock Jupiter: 1 Liter UCFF PCs with Six-Core Coffee-Lake CPUs

ASRock has quietly added a new family of ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs into its product lineup. The Jupiter-series one-liter systems are designed for Intel’s Coffee Lake processors and feature...

21 by Anton Shilov on 9/27/2018

IBASE Launches SI-614 SFF PC with NVIDIA’s MXM Graphics

IBASE Technology, a supplier of embedded, industrial, and special-purpose PCs, this week introduced its compact desktop that uses NVIDIA GeForce graphics adapters in MXM Type-B form-factor. Officially, the SI-614...

7 by Anton Shilov on 9/12/2018

ECS at CES 2018: LIVA Z2, LIVA Q2 & LIVA One SoC Gemini Lake-Based UCFF PCs

UPDATE 1/12, 2:15 PM ET: Adding MSPRs for the Z2 and Q2 entry-level configs. LAS VEGAS, NV — ECS demonstrated a few of its upcoming ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs based...

6 by Anton Shilov on 1/12/2018

Intel NUC6CAYH (Arches Canyon) Apollo Lake UCFF PC Review

Intel has enjoyed great success with their NUC lineup of ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) PCs. They have segmented the NUCs into three markets - the entry-level, mid-range, and enthusiast...

56 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2018

A Budget Home Theater & PC Setup: 4K, HDR, UHD Blu-ray, and More

The days of bulky home-theater PCs (HTPCs) with built-in tuners, optical disc drives, and integrated media storage capabilities are long gone. In 2017, advancements in the media / home...

191 by Ganesh T S on 12/26/2017

MSI Launches Fanless Cubi 3 SFF PCs with Kaby Lake-U

MSI has introduced a new family of its ultra-compact form-factor Cubi PCs, based on Kaby Lake-U processors. The Cubi 3 Silent and Cubi 3 Silent S use an entirely...

16 by Anton Shilov on 10/23/2017

ECS LIVA Z Plus Kaby Lake vPro UCFF PC Review

Ultra-compact form factor PCs for business deployments have become popular in the recent past. Compared to traditional UCFF PCs, these business use-cases require ease of management and administration by...

16 by Ganesh T S on 4/12/2017

ECS LIVA Z Fanless Dual-LAN Apollo Lake UCFF PC Review

The market for UCFF (ultra-compact form factor) PCs has seen tremendous growth since the introduction of the Intel NUCs in early 2013. Various motherboard and system vendors have their...

30 by Ganesh T S on 3/30/2017

GIGABYTE GB-BKi7HA-7500 Kaby Lake BRIX Review

The emergence of power-efficient high-performance processors has created a bright spot in the desktop PC market. The ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) heralded by the Intel NUCs has experienced rapid...

32 by Ganesh T S on 3/16/2017

ASRock Beebox-S 7200U Kaby Lake UCFF PC Review

The Kaby Lake-U (KBL-U) series with 15W TDP CPUs was introduced along with the 4.5W Kaby Lake-Y ones in Q3 2016. The first set of products with Kaby Lake-U...

33 by Ganesh T S on 2/7/2017

CES 2017: GIGABYTE Shows Passive Apollo Lake BRIX in Embedded UCFF

Despite the candid approach that Intel has had to its Apollo Lake platform, we are now starting to see fully developed platforms coming out to play from the major...

15 by Ian Cutress on 1/11/2017

MSI Cubi 2 Kaby Lake UCFF PC Review

The Kaby Lake-U (KBL-U) series with 15W TDP CPUs was introduced along with the 4.5W Kaby Lake-Y ones in Q3 2016. The first set of products with Kaby Lake-U...

32 by Ganesh T S on 12/30/2016

GIGABYTE GB-BSi7HAL-6500 Dual LAN Skylake BRIX Review

Ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) PCs have become quite popular after Intel introduced the NUCs. They have become powerful enough to be the primary computing platform for many households. However...

25 by Ganesh T S on 9/21/2016

ASRock Beebox-S 6200U Review - An Alternative to the Skylake NUC

The Skylake-U platform for mini-PCs has turned out to be an interesting one. Numerous challenges were faced by the first one in the market - the Intel Skylake NUC...

31 by Ganesh T S on 8/10/2016

Intel NUC5i5RYK Review: A Broadwell-U UCFF PC for Enthusiasts

The Intel NUC category has been an interesting product line to analyze, as it provides us with insights into where the traditional casual / home use desktop market might...

83 by Ganesh T S on 2/20/2015

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