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
  LIVA Z2
 
LIVA Z2V
 
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
M.2 -
DFF 1 × 2.5" SSD/HDD
SD -
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
Audio 3.5-mm TRRS
USB 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
Dimensions 132 mm × 118 mm × 56.4 mm
PSU External
OS Microsoft Windows 10
MSRP 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage
w/o OS: ~$225
w/ Windows 10: ~$240
unknown

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 02, 2018 - link

    Is 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. Reply
  • Freakie - Thursday, August 02, 2018 - link

    It 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. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, August 02, 2018 - link

    Thanks! I completely missed the SODIMM slots in the article and got it in my head that the RAM was soldered to the motherboard. Reply
  • someotheruser - Thursday, August 02, 2018 - link

    2 x SO-DIMM Memory DDRR4 (Up to 8GB) not DDR3L Reply
  • someotheruser - Thursday, August 02, 2018 - link

    As seen here:
    http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_S...
    Reply
  • Anton Shilov - Friday, August 03, 2018 - link

    Thanks 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. Reply
  • someotheruser - Saturday, August 04, 2018 - link

    Super. Thanks for fixing it. Reply
  • CaedenV - Thursday, August 02, 2018 - link

    Man 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). Reply

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