ECS Announces LIVA Z2 and LIVA Z2V Mini PCsby Anton Shilov on August 2, 2018 10:00 AM EST
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- Gemini Lake
- Goldmont Plus
- LIVA Z
ECS this week formally announced its Gemini Lake-based ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) desktop PCs that were first demonstrated in January. The new systems are aimed at office and digital signage applications, they also feature two GbE connectors, a requirement of ECS’ enterprise customers.
The ECS LIVA Z2 and Z2V computers are based on Intel’s Gemini Lake SoCs with two or four cores as well as UHD 600-series integrated graphics. The new LIVA Z2-series UCFF PCs offer higher general-purpose performance compared to their LIVA Z predecessors because of the Goldmont Plus CPU microarchitecture. Furthermore, the new systems also feature an improved media processing engine with support for 10-bit HEVC and 10-bit VP9 video. Meanwhile, only the LIVA Z2 supports a native HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2 display output capable of 4Kp60 resolution as well as hardware-accelerated Ultra HD media playback. The LIVA Z2V only has an HDMI 1.4 as well as a D-Sub display output, which are good enough for mainstream Full HD displays.
When it comes to memory and storage, the LIVA Z2 systems support DDR4 DIMMs with a 32/64 GB eMMC module for built-in storage, and have a 2.5-inch bay for SSDs/HDDs. As for general connectivity, the PCs feature an M.2-2230 slot for a Wi-Fi module, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (three Type-A connectors, one Type-C header), and a 3.5-mm audio jack.
Being very compact and measuring 132 mm × 118 mm × 56.4 mm, the ECS LIVA Z2 PCs use only 6 W of power supplied by an external PSU.
|2018 ECS LIVA Z2 UCFF PCs|
|CPU||Intel Pentium N5000
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel Celeron N4000
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 600 (12 EUs) (Gen9)
or Intel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs) (Gen9)
|Memory||2×DDR4 SO-DIMM slots|
|Storage||eMMC||32 GB or 64 GB|
|DFF||1 × 2.5" SSD/HDD|
|Wi-Fi||Intel 802.11ac + BT (optional)|
|Ethernet||1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector||1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector|
|Display Outputs||HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0||HDMI 1.4, D-Sub|
|USB||3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
|Dimensions||132 mm × 118 mm × 56.4 mm|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10|
|MSRP||4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage
w/o OS: ~$225
w/ Windows 10: ~$240
The ECS LIVA Z2 equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of solid-state storage will cost starting from $240, the manufacturer announced earlier this year. Other configurations will be priced differently.
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PeachNCream - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - linkIs the RAM configured for dual-channel operation? I'm pretty sure the platform and CPU support it, but low cost systems like these sometimes rely on a single channel to the detriment of the iGPU's performance.
Freakie - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - linkIt probably comes with a single 4GB SO-DIMM stick in it, so you could just open it up and put in another stick in to enable dual-channel.
PeachNCream - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - linkThanks! I completely missed the SODIMM slots in the article and got it in my head that the RAM was soldered to the motherboard.
someotheruser - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - link2 x SO-DIMM Memory DDRR4 (Up to 8GB) not DDR3L
someotheruser - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - linkAs seen here:
Anton Shilov - Friday, August 3, 2018 - linkThanks for bringing that to our attention. The press release and the spec sheet we were supplied said DDR3L. Apparently, that was a mistake, we've fixed the story.
someotheruser - Saturday, August 4, 2018 - linkSuper. Thanks for fixing it.
CaedenV - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - linkMan these look so good... My wife's next computer will be something in this small NUC style form factor. Especially with the UHD graphics chips coming out, it is plenty for office, movies, and the occasional MMO (or minecraft).