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ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Review


ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Closer Look:

The BIOS of the ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC mimics that of the BIOS we are used to in the older days. This BIOS is not set up all fancy like the higher end motherboard BIOSs we have been accustomed to in the recent years. That is OK, because it is all about efficiency, and that is what the LIVA X2 does well; simplicity with elegance. Even though not high tech like other UEFI BIOS, this one is functional, and everything you need is at your fingertips. On the main page you have access to change the system language and the date/time setup for the internal clock.

Moving over to the Advanced page, you are greeted with several additional menus to choose from. The first menu is the Power Management Setup, which allows you to set the resume options and the EuP function that allows less power to be consumed when the PC is asleep. Moving on down to the next menu, we have the LAN Configuration, which simply has the option to enable or disable the on-board LAN controller.




Moving on down the menus for the Advanced Configuration, we next have the PC Health Status menu that gives us the current temperatures for the Braswell SoC and the TCC Activation Temperature. The TCC Activation Temperature is the temperature that is monitored in the CPU cores and when reached, the system will activate, throttling back the CPU to reduce the temperatures. Next, we have the Wireless Function Configuration menu, which like the on-board LAN just enabled or disables this piece of hardware. Moving along, we have the ACPI Settings that has two options, either disabled or S3, which is suspend to RAM. Next, we have the CPU Configuration that shows the CPU speed, in this case, 1.6GHz; some controls for power and virtualization; and the CPU Socket Information that gives you the specs of the Celeron N3050 SoC processor.




Continuing further, we come to the SATA Configuration, which allows you to choose the SATA mode. Here you see by default the SATA mode is AHCI; you can also see that there is no M.2 SSD currently present in this system. In addition to the SATA configuration, we have the USB Configuration that allows the user to enable or disable all USB ports and/or Legacy USB support. Finished with the Advanced Configuration tab, we move over to the Chipset tab that has several menus for configuration. The first menu is the SoC Configuration that allows changing of the values for the integrated graphics RAM size from either 128MB, 256MB, or Max. Finally, for the Chipset Configuration we have the TXE Information, which is the Trusted Execution firmware running on the board.





Finally, we have the last few tabs to finish out the look at the LIVA X2 BIOS. The next in line is the M.I.B. III tab that displays current CPU frequency, CPU ratio, and total memory for the system. This particular box has 2GB soldered on the board. The Boot menu allows you to change the boot order and a few other boot options. The Security tab allows you to set a boot password for access to the system and to make Secure Boot changes. Finally, the Exit tab lets you save all your changes or revert to defaults if needed.




Now that we have been able to look at the hardware, software, and BIOS options, how about we look at the full specs and features.

  1. ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Introduction & Closer Look
  2. ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Closer Look: Continued
  3. ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  4. ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Specifications & Features
  6. ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Testing: 3DMark, CrystalDiskMark, Gaming
  7. ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Conclusion
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