The New ECS LIVA MINI PC Kit runs a fully dressed Intel BayTrail-M SoC (Intel Celeron Processor N2807), which has a full 1MB cache with turbo mode of up to 2.16 GHz. The little Intel Celeron is a dual thread, dual core 64 bit 4.3 watt TDP laptop processor with normal operation wattage of 2.5 Watts and will max out at 4.3 Watts. ECS LIVA MINI PC KIT also uses SKHyniex 2GB DDR3L 1333MHz speed memory soldered on-board RAM. The all black PC board uses either a 32GB or 64GB of eMMC memory which is like the main hard drive and also can use M.2 form factor combo wireless card that supports 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 and also has a Gigabit LAN connection to boot.
At ECS’s LIVA, LEAD, L337 press event this week in Silicon Valley we were able to go hands on with their LIVA Mini PC Kit. They are dubbing this kit the world’s smallest Windows based Mini PC Kit.
It looks like the NVIDIA-styled Gigabyte BRIX that was spotted at Computex actually is coming out. Gigabyte is calling it the BRIX Gaming and the DIY PC kit will feature professional CPU performance of the Intel Core i5 4200H processor matched with the visually stunning graphics of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760.
Zotac’s series of ZBOX mini PCs has been around for quite sometime and it seems like each year Zotac does something a little different with them. At Computex 2014 Zotac is launching a new range of ZBOX PCs called the C-Series which are all entirely passively called without any moving parts.
The whole idea behind Gigabyte’s BRIX ultra compact PC kit’s are to give you a functional PC with an extremely small form factor. This makes them perfect for a media or internet machine. Their small size means you can put them pretty much anywhere as well. While the BRIX systems have been out for a while the BRIX projector is a newer product that takes a BRIX ultra compact PC Kit and adds a micro-projector for a complete and very cool setup. It is actually quite impressive that Gigabyte has been able to fit a projector right on top of the BRIX, making it not much larger than the normal version. The Gigabyte BRIX Projector that we are taking a look at today is powered by the Intel i3-4010U 1.7GHz processor and Intel HD 4400 graphics. Being that this is a “PC Kit” you will need to install your own DDR3L memory and mSATA drive. Let’s take a look!
Today ASUS has announced the Chromebox. This small compact device is thoughtfully designed to simplify home, classroom or office computing. It is extremely easy to setup right out of the box, and starts up in seconds to give users quick access to their favorite applications, games and websites. It provides integrated virus and malware protection and automatically updates itself for a safe hassle-free user experience.
Today Gigabyte launched the latest edition to their BRIX series of ultra compact PC kits, the BRIX Gaming. As you can guess this mini PC is geared towards gamers and features an AMD A8-5557M APU together with an AMD Radeon R9 M275X discrete graphics processor.
The CompuLab and Linux Mint won’t dishearten on the front because they have just unveiled the MintBox 2 which is a big time improvement to their open source mini PC. It’s the second generation compressed desktop that runs Linux Mint out of the box. While the predecessor ran embedded chips like AMD E series ‘Zacate’ APUs, the latest version gets its hands on Intel Core i5 that is allegedly four times faster than the AMD T56 present in the MintBox Pro . We personally presume that Compulab might be using mobile dual-core variants, which is considered to be four times as fast as an E-series APU.
Giada Technology has a new compact mini-PC, the D2308. This new compact system will be powered by Intel’s 4th generation Haswell processors (Core i5 / Core i7), a powerful NVIDIA GTX650 graphics card and DDR3 memory. We reviewed the Giada D2305 last year and were very impressed with it. The newer D3208 holds and same design and with upgraded hardware should give you a significant performance boost.
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