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ECS LIVA X Mini PC Review


ECS LIVA X Mini PC Closer Look:

The AMI BIOS is pretty simple and straight forward. It is reminiscent of the old days of BIOS before modern-fancy UEFI GUI BIOS became popular. This BIOS version is dated 10/16/2014. Hitting Delete on power on will open the BIOS, the first screen greeting users is the Main screen. Here you can set the system language, date, and time. To the right is an explanation of what each feature does, and the bottom right describes how to navigate the BIOS. After this menu there are six more, with Advanced being next. The Advanced tab has options for LAN Configuration, Power Management Setup, PCI Express Configuration, ACPI Settings, CPU Configuration, SATA Configuration, and USB Configuration. The LAN Configuration consists of one option – enabling or disabling the LAN controller – thus disabling the port. Power Management Setup allows you to setup the Power Management Events – you can have the computer turn on through devices including LAN, USB, and by real time-clock alarm settings.
















The PCI Express Configuration page has one setting – mPCIE Speed, set to Auto by default. ACPI Settings have several different Sleep States to choose from. S3 is chosen by default, which is the Standby or Sleep mode where RAM remains powered. CPU Configuration shows the CPU speed of 1.58GHz, and that it does support 64-bit. Options to enable or disable Limit CPUID Maximum, Execute Disable Bit, and Intel Virtualization Technology exist, along with setting the desired Power Technology mode. SATA Configuration allows users to select between IDE and AHCI modes for any installed mSATA drive.




USB Configuration allows you to enable or disable USB Devices, Legacy USB support, and XHCI Mode. The Chipset tab has options for SoC Configuration and TXE Information. The Soc Configuration page allows users to change the Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT), Pre-Allocated and Total Gfx Mem settings, at default they are 64MB and 256MB respectively. The Restore (after) AC Power Loss option is also hidden here. Audio Configuration is also here, users can enable or disable HD Audio and internal HDMI Codec. The TXE Information page allows users to enable or disable the Intel Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) Mode; a security feature to help protect against attacks against the system.




Hopefully nobody was excited to see if the LIVA X could overclock, if it could then it would be possible here at the Tweak menu. Here everything is locked out, even if it wasn't locked out, there would be limited options – CPU frequency, and maybe ratio. The memory is running at 16x the CPU frequency, so if the system could be overclocked to say 100 frequency, the SK Hynix H5TC8G63AMR-PBA memory would still be at the speed it is rated for – DDR3-1600. The CPU would be running at 1.9GHz with a boost speed of 2.7GHz! Interesting to think about, but at this time it is not possible. The boot menu has options to select operating system type, fast boot, quiet boot, boot priority options, and enabling/disabling NumLock upon boot. The Security menu allows passwords to be made for Administrator and User accounts. The Exit page has options of saving and discarding changes, exiting, and restarting. There are also options to save and restore user default (defined) settings, although there isn't really much to restore in this simplified BIOS layout.




With that out of the way we can move onto the LIVA X Specifications and Features!

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