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ECS Elitegroup @ CES 2016: Small Form-Factor PCs and More

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ECS Elitegroup @ CES 2016

ECS is an OEM/ODM for many other companies but they also make a lot of products under their own banner with a renewed focus on smaller form factor systems in 2016. The BAT-MINI II motherboard is used inside ECS’ LIVA mini-PC line sporting an Intel Bay Trail SoC and is quite efficient as observed from our review of the LivaX earlier last year.

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ECS’ Liva line comes in various shapes and colours (even pastel ones) and their compact size allows for easier mounting and curious modding options. One of the Liva mini-PCs for example, used a smoked see-through window to display the internal working components.

Aside for the BAT-MINI II, ECS also displayed various small-form factor motherboards including mini-ITX and a new “M-STX” form factor. This new form factor uses a socketed Skylake CPU, DDR4 SO-DIMMs and AC power from an adapter unlike the typical 24-pin PSU power connector. The M-STX motherboard on display used an Intel H110 chipset and had a Silverstone AR04 low-profile silent cooler installed. Intel is yet to announce this new form factor and make it “official” (presumably around Computex time).

ECS of course also had their own full-size ATX Skylake motherboards on display, specifically the Z170-CLAYMORE which is part of their LEET motherboard line. The Z170-CLAYMORE was attached to a 4K motherboard to display its HDMI 2.0 onboard capabilities unlike other Z170 mainboards.

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For a video overview, Darya from ECS gives Modders-Inc a tour of what they have in store for the new year:

More photos from the ECS Suite:

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Ron Perillo

Ron is a non-binary tech writer that presently identifies as a reviewer but is currently transitioning toward modding.
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