Performance Metrics - I

The ECS LIVA One was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. Not all benchmarks were processed on all the machines due to updates in our testing procedures. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph might not be the same.

Futuremark PCMark 8

PCMark 8 provides various usage scenarios (home, creative and work) and offers ways to benchmark both baseline (CPU-only) as well as OpenCL accelerated (CPU + GPU) performance. We benchmarked select PCs for the OpenCL accelerated performance in all three usage scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU in the system.

The Core i3-6100T has a TDP of 35W, and therefore, the ECS LIVA One is definitely expected to be amongst the top performers in our list of comparable PCs (most of which use CPUs with TDPs of around 15W). However, we see a few interesting aspects here - the GIGABYTE GB-BXi7H-5500 manages to score better in almost all of the benchmarks. This is due to a couple of reasons - GIGABYTE sets the TDP limit of the Core i7-5500U in the BRIX unit to 28W, which is very close to the 35W of the Core i3-6100T in the ECS LIVA One. The other reason is the availability of extra cache (4MB) in the i7-5500U compared to the 3MB in the Skylake CPU being used in the ECS LIVA One. In addition, as we shall see later too, the Core i3-6100T prioritizes CPU performance compared to GPU performance within the available thermal envelope. Therefore, the ECS LIVA One doesn't emerge out on top in the GPU-centric benchmarks. The single-channel memory in the pre-built configuration also leaves some performance on the table.

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Creative OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL

Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks

Futuremark PCMark 7 - PCMark Suite Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Extreme Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Entry Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Ice Storm Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Cloud Gate Score

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15

We have moved on from R11.5 to R15 for 3D rendering evaluation. CINEBENCH R15 provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results. The ECS LIVA One manages to fare very well, particularly in the CPU-based tests. The single-threaded performance of the i3-6100T is obviously better - newer Skylake microarchitecture, higher clocks and the larger thermal headroom all combine to make the ECS LIVA One the best in both the single-threaded and multi-threaded 3D rendering benchmarks.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

Introduction and Setup Impressions Performance Metrics - II
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  • mrdude - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - link

    The only thing AMD has proven proficient at is dragging ATi down with them. RTG is evidence of that.

    I'm aware x86 isn't going anywhere, but it's also sensible to assume AMD isn't going to be challenging Intel anytime soon -- or ever. We need the sort of competition we're seeing in the ARM space, and expecting AMD to step up, a company that can't consistently make new products that beat their old products, is a lesson in futility.

    If ARM does encroach the server space with success, we might see history repeat itself with the RISC/big iron vs the up-start CISC/cheaper x86. This time, though, it's x86 on the receiving end.
  • mikato - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - link

    "we might see history repeat itself with the RISC/big iron vs the up-start CISC/cheaper x86."
    Itanium? Ok so not exactly RISC but some relevant history there.

    My prediction is that the capabilities and specialties of both will just blend together eventually and we'll be using both.
  • Klimax - Monday, February 8, 2016 - link

    You don't want really ARM anywhere close desktop or notebooks. It's mentality and ideas are not really good for anything even remotely open. By comparison system of x86 is definition of open...
  • atcronin - Monday, February 1, 2016 - link

    Is Kodi using 'DXVA' Scaling and 'DXVA Best' de-interlacing? Because with those settings enabled the quality is more than just sufficient.
  • ganeshts - Monday, February 1, 2016 - link

    Kodi was evaluated with default settings. I only confirmed that the default settings made use of DXVA for video decoding.
  • Anonymous Blowhard - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - link

    Hey, Intel. Are you listening?


    Even if it's the "not-really-Pro" Iris 540/550, that's still enough gaming chops for a tiny little HTPC.
  • sitka - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    I was looking up the price of liva-X a few days ago and was lead to ECS website.
    I saw the core and said wow based on looks,
    I saw the one and said wow based on specs. usb3 typec holla
    Now I'm going down a rabbit hole of Gigbyte BRIX configs.
    Thank goodness I have a new/old T420 to play with because this small size market is so obscurely speced it is hard to buy in for fun, rather than need.

    Thanks Anandtech for still being great, I just cried realizing how much value being attentive to hardware has given me. I pay attention because I like it. But it has ended up with a good paid job, family, homes, boats... that is because I like it, or because of andandtech, or because of Shimpi when we used to build water cooled RAMBUS servers. Don't know, it just makes sense.

  • zodiacfml - Friday, February 5, 2016 - link

    Finally a small factor that has desktop CPU and with a price just a bit more expensive than a laptop with same specs. I could not fault the whole design.

    The microSD choice is a mystery though. See, devices that use the microSD standard are typically smartphones or tablets which is quite fiddly to take the card out; just use a USB cable or connect through wireless. SD cards use are typically from digital/video cameras where transfer performance is better through a card reader than USB 2.0.

    I think they went with the adapter because it appears to be an existing laptop charger based on its voltage and amperage specs, which makes it cheaper to source.

    Lastly, I wanted to see photos of its internals. I don't know why the article doesn't since he mentioned having access to it.
  • echtogammut - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - link

    I considered this when building my Mother a new PC for her birthday. I ended up building a mini-ITX Skylake i5-6500 system with 16GB RAM and 250GB SSD for $526. Spending the couple of extra dollars effectively doubled the system performance and while a bit larger, it also has DVD drive (which is something important for her) and the option to add a graphics card if needed.
  • bhtooefr - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - link

    Interesting to see this format in a consumer machine. It's been around for a little while now (since Ivy Bridge for Lenovo, and Haswell for everyone else, AFAIK) in business desktops (the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny Desktops, the Dell OptiPlex Micros, and the HP ProDesk/EliteDesk Desktop Minis), and I think it's a better design than 5x5, because it makes more efficient use of the space available to it - 5x5 ends up requiring a much thicker chassis to fit a 2.5" HDD/SSD in there (because it doesn't fit beside the heatsink), increasing volume. (That said, I wonder how bad the noise is on the 65 watt TDP EliteDesks - Lenovo and Dell only offer 35 watt CPUs in that size chassis.)

    (Disclaimer: I work for Dell, but these opinions are my own, and I've never actually handled Dell's products in this space, only one of Lenovo's (and that because my local Goodwill had an M73 Tiny for $4, and I couldn't pass it up).)

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