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ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Review


ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Testing:

Since this review is for a Mini PC, testing would be a bit different than if this was a full system component. While not expecting to run high end games, we are expecting for this device to be great for everyday tasks such as web browsing, school or office productivity, and of course watching high definition video, which takes precedence over the rest, right? There will be a few tests that are performed to show the true abilities of the Mini PC. Since this is the second generation of the LIVA X by ECS, I will also include numbers from the first generation that was reviewed, but keep in mind one thing during this review that the LIVA X had 4GB of RAM versus the LIVA X2 that has only 2GB. On the flip side, this version does have the faster Braswell-M processor with better integrated graphics, so this will be interesting to see how it goes. The tests were compared because we wanted to give you a holistic view of the performance comparison between the first generation and the second generation.

The main testing suite we used for the EXS LIVA X2 Mini PC was 3DMark, which gives an overall score to the performance of all the hardware operating together, so you get a good idea of the abilities. There will be four tests run, including Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, Ice Storm, and Ice Storm Extreme. In 3DMark, the LIVA X2 Braswell SoC performed significantly better than the Bay Trail SoC that the LIVA X used. The only time the Bay Trail was better was in the physics tests, which I attribute to the higher burst clock speeds on the Celeron N2808 that gave it that slight advantage, but overall the Braswell chip was the top performer. In the Sky Diver test, the LIVA X2 scored a strong 904 overall score; for Cloud Gate it pulled in 1,342 points on the score. Finally, for Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme, the LIVA X2 scored 16,175 and 13,633 points, respectively.










Next up, we wanted to take a look at how well the embedded eMMC storage chip performed. This model again came with 32GB eMMC storage, however there is also a 64GB model. We are assuming that speeds would be similar. To gauge the performance, we ran the Crystal Disk Mark tool with five passes using a 1000MB size. For the sequential tests, the Toshiba eMMC scored 172.5MB/s read and 80MB/s write. While not as high as the chip is rated for, these are pretty decent speeds for an embedded chip. The 512K, 4K, and 4K QD32 tests all fared pretty decently, too, making this a nice storage chip to start off with.

Unfortunately, at the time of this review we did not have an M.2 SATA SSD to test in the device, but if that changes we will be sure to update the review with the scores and comparisons. Gaming was so-so on the LIVA X2; I was able to run vanilla Minecraft on all low settings and 800x600 resolution while getting about 25-30 frames per second. It did get jumpy a lot and would not be able to be used as a gaming rig, as you can see the CPU spiking constantly even at the 2.1GHz burst speed. For video, however, that is a different story. I streamed a 1080p HD video of Star Trek: Renegades and you can see during the playback the CPU is relatively low, spiking occasionally (probably for a buffering), but there was no jittering in the video at all. It was a joy to watch on and would make a great addition to my home theater.




Now that we have had a good look at the ECS LIVA X2 and the benchmarks, we can move to the conclusion.

  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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