ECS LIVA Z review

It looks like the Apollo Lake LIVA is doing okay temperature-wise (running AIDA64 Extreme Edition) thanks to its large heat sink (and despite the impeded convection). Performance-wise, don't expect much more horsepower than Braswell though. The LIVA Z is mostly designed for video playback.

"Build quality is top notch, and the styling is not bad either – enabling it to fit and blend at any living room setups with ease. It’s huge departure from ECS’ LIVA X design and I welcome this approach with both hands.

Maintenance and upgrades are easy enough with the LIVA Z, although you’re limited to an extra M.2 slot, and SO-DIMM upgrade options. The CMOS battery is also situated here, so you could easily replace it if it happens to dry out. The 32GB SSD is courtesy of SanDisk, and the Memory is a 4GB DDR3 Kingston SO-DIMM."

Source: Tech Porn