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ECS Shows off the No-frills H110S-2P

ECS showed off its the H110S-2P, a no-frills motherboard built in a form-factor that's smaller than mini-ITX, although compatible with mini-ITX cases. The board lacks add-on card expansion slots. The only expansion you can give this board is an mPCIe, and an M.2 2230, which closely passes over the PCH. You can tell from the M.2 placeholder marking on the PCB running over the PCH that even the production board could lack a PCH heatsink.

The H110S-2P supports 6th generation Core processors in the LGA1151 package, and up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory though SODIMMs. Storage connectivity, besides the M.2 slot, includes one SATA 6 Gb/s port. Display outputs (you'll need them), include one each of DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a. Four USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports complete the package.

ECS Partners with Silverstone to Develop LIVA Pro

ECS partnered with Silverstone to co-develop the LIVA Pro, a NUC-rivaling product by ECS. It consists of a custom-design all-aluminium case by Silverstone, and innards by ECS, which include an LGA1151 socket to support Intel Core "Skylake" processors with TDP of up to 65W (some Core i5/i7 low-power quad-core parts should work); Intel H110 core-logic, two DDR4 SODIMM slots, one each of M.2 and 2.5-inch SATA 6 Gb/s drive bays, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, USB 3.0 type-A and type-C front-panel ports, and more.

ECS Unveils the Z170-Lightsaber

ECS Elitegroup showed off its latest flagship socket LGA1151 board, the Z170-Lightsaber, likely designed for its RGB LED product styling. The board features a 14-phase VRM powering the CPU, and expansion slots that include two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both are populated), a third x16 (electrical x4) slot wired to the PCH, and four other x1 slots. Storage connectivity includes a 32 Gb/s M.2 with NVMe boot support, 16 Gb/s SATA-Express, and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports.

The modern connectivity on offer include two USB 3.1 ports (apparently both of them are type-A), six other USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4, a gigabit Ethernet interface driven by Killer E2400 controller, and an audio solution with a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, ground-layer isolation, electrolytic capacitors, and a user-replaceable OPAMP. Overclocker friendly features include dual-BIOS with an on-demand BIOS backup/restore button, three performance preset buttons, power/reboot buttons, and a 3-digit POST error readout.

ECS Intros the H110I-C4P Mini-ITX Motherboard

ECS introduced the H110I-C4P value mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel H110 Express chipset, and designed for 6th generation Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors, in the LGA1151 package. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors; conditioning it for the CPU with a simple 4-phase VRM. The CPU is wired to a pair of DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2133 memory.

Expansions slots include a PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and an M.2 2242 slot with 20 Gb/s bandwidth. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s connectors. Display connectivity includes one each of DisplayPort and HDMI. Other modern connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by headers), 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet. Expect a sub-$80 price-tag.

ECS Announces Z170-Claymore Motherboard

Leading motherboard manufacture Elitegroup Computer System (ECS) proudly introducing latest LEET gaming motherboard - Z170-CLAYMORE, adopts with Intel latest 14nm Z170 chipset, supports Intel 6th Core i processors. ECS Z170-CLAYMORE features with exclusive LAGFree technology and 60FPS 4K UHD resolution output via HDMI 2.0, to provide amazing on-line gaming experience and smooth display. Not only supports 10Gbps USB 3.1 ports, but M.2 and SATA-Express high speed interfaces to connect newest devices. ECS Z170-CLAYMORE LEET gaming motherboard delivers a smart and fast experience, we are ready for Game On.

Thanks to Realtek RTL8110AS gaming Ethernet and exclusive LEET network Manager, supporting auto-prioritize and bandwidth control. Provide stable and lower latency while gameplay, communicate, downloading and web browsing at the same time. Z170-Claymore is the world's first motherboard supports HDMI 2.0 video output, features with 4K UHD resolution (3840x2160) and 60FPS smooth screen. Compare to previous generation, new HDMI 2.0 double frame rate to 60 from 30 provides clear and sharp screen.

Realtek Develops New Onboard LAN Chip to Win Back Gamer Crowd

In a bid to regain market share lost to Intel and Killer (Qualcomm) in the DIY motherboard market, particularly with motherboards targeted at online gaming PC builds; Realtek unveiled a new onboard LAN solution called the Realtek Dragon. Intel and Killer have replaced Realtek as a preferred onboard Ethernet chip provider for DIY PC motherboards over the past two generations, as perception of their lower driver overhead, lower latencies, and other advantages spread. Sensing that merely improving drivers for its existing RTL8111 family of PCIe gigabit Ethernet PHY chips won't fix the situation, Realtek sought to give its latest generation an off-beat brand name that it hopes could appeal to the DIY crowd.

At the heart of the Realtek Dragon is the new RTL8118AS, a PCIe gigabit Ethernet PHY, much like the 8111 family. Realtek says it made refinements to the chip over previous generations, which will offer better performance (lower driver overhead) for traffic with small UDP packets, which is how most online multiplayer games work, and lower power consumption than competing solutions, such as the Killer E2200. Realtek even set a new branding for its chip, and will allow motherboard makers to print it on their PCBs, just as they print branding for Killer or Intel onboard LAN solutions. Realtek Dragon will make its debut with certain socket LGA1151 motherboards by ECS.


Source: Anandtech

ECS Unveils L337 Z170 Claymore and Blade

ECS unveiled two socket LGA1151 motherboards based on the Z170 Express chipset, under its L337 line of gamer-centric products - the ATX Z170-Claymore, and the micro-ATX Z170-Blade (pictured in that order). The two pictured below are pre-launch versions, the company didn't finalize their heatsink design or color-scheme. The Z170-Claymore features a 12-phase CPU VRM, four DDR4 DIMM slots, and five PCI-Express x16 slots. Of these, three are wired to the CPU (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4); and two are gen 2.0 x4, wired to the Z170 PCH. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s, one SATA-Express 16 Gb/s, one M.2, two USB 3.1, six USB 3.0, Realtek-made gigabit Ethernet and HD audio, and 2-way SLI support. The Z170-Blade, on the other hand, is a micro-ATX board with a 9-phase CPU VRM, two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC or x8/x8), one PCIe 2.0 x1, six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, an M.2 slot; 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet, making up the modern connectivity. Two USB 3.1 and six USB 3.0 ports make for the rest of it.

ECS Launches LIVA-X Mini PC

Elitegroup Computer System (ECS) is proud to introduce the latest mini PC - LIVA X, a fan-less design, quiet and low power consumption small-size computer. Adopting Intel Bay-Trail M SOC and 15W ultra-low power design; supporting Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux, and Ubuntu operating systems, as well. LIVA X supports USB 3.0 port, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth wireless connection technology. End users can upgrade storage capacity via mSATA SSD. Most importantly is the size of LIVA X ringing in at only half a liter! LIVA X Mini PC brings a whole new PC experience to the world.

The LIVA X features a no noise thermal design, providing a real silent Mini-PC. Enjoy it without any noise. Thanks to Intel new Bay Trail-M SOC 22nm processor. LIVA X features ultra-low power consumption, only 1/10 traditional desktop usage.

ECS Launches LIVA Mini-PC with Windows 8.1 and Bing

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is pleased to announce that the most attractive Mini PC, LIVA, now preloads Windows 8.1 with Bing operation system to deliver more benefits and convenience to its users.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is a version of the Windows NT operating system and an upgrade for Windows 8 and will come with Internet Explorer installed and Bing Smart Search, enabled by default, to find things across Web, Apps, and your PC. Windows 8.1 with Bing is also perfect for touch experience with familiar desktop that people can easily be associated with. Besides faster startup times, users can download Apps from the Windows Store and keep your customized settings and Apps on all your PC and devices. With such benefits of Windows 8.1 with Bing preloaded, the palm-size full featured LIVA Mini PC brings ultimate convenience and shows the determination of living a better life.

ECS Announces the Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE Mini-ITX Motherboards

ECS launched the Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE mini-ITX, socket LGA1150 motherboards, which it first unveiled at Computex 2014. The two are identical to each other, with the only difference being the chipset. The Z97I-DRONE supports CPU and memory overclocking. Drawing power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, the board features a 5-phase CPU VRM. The CPU socket is wired to a lone PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and two full-length DDR3 DIMM slots. The only other expansion slot is an mPCIe 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes five SATA 6 Gb/s. Display connectivity includes one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two by headers), 8-channel HD audio with TOSLINK SPDIF output, and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of them.

ECS Unveils the Z97-PK Motherboard

ECS today proudly announced the unmatched motherboard in the market for the Intel Pentium 20th anniversary edition processor, Z97-PK , has been released to all the fans that are searching for exciting overclocking performance within affordable price.

Since Intel Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition Processors was announced during COMPUTEX 2014, users have been looking for the best combination to cope with this processor series, especially Pentium G3258 processor, which has unlocked multiplier and better performance than i3 Processor when overclocked. ECS provides the best solution, Z97-PK , the ultimate OC performance with unbeatable value, to fulfill the unmet needs from users.

ECS Debuts the LIVA Mini White Edition 64 GB Mini PC Kit

Since this product was introduced in April, LIVA Mini PC Kit by Elitegroup Computer Systems, ECS, has received all the positive feedback from users as well as many awards from media globally. In order to fulfill more applications and expectations, ECS proudly introduces LIVA Mini PC Kit White Edition / eMMC 64 GB which will be available in August, 2014. With the simplicity of the color of white and the upgrade of storage, the new member of family, LIVA White Edition 64 GB, will be the focus in the market of mini PC.

ECS Introduces LIVA Windows-Based Mini PC Kit

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is pleased to introduce LIVA, the world's smallest Windows-based mini PC kit. Offering all the features of much larger PCs, plus Windows 8.1 support, the LIVA Mini PC is a complete solution for modern digital living, general computing, casual gaming and basic applications.

The word, LIVA, comes from the combination of "Living" and "Life (Viva)" and the spirit of living a better life. LIVA is expressing the passion and the pursuit of aesthetics in every way of life through this product. Home and office users will be delighted with the comprehensive features, compact size, stylish design, and affordable price. LIVA is sleek, with wireless connectivity to cut down on messy cables. It's a full featured PC that's small enough (118 x 70 x 56 mm) and light enough (190g), to hold in the palm of your hand.

ECS Shows off the Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE

ECS showed off its newest mini-ITX socket LGA1150 motherboards based on Intel's 9-series chipset, and branded in its 1337 series, the Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE. Based on a common PCB, the two differ with just the Z97-based one supporting CPU overclocking. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it with a 6-phase CPU VRM. Expansion includes one PCI-Express 3.0 x16. Storage connectivity includes five SATA 6 Gb/s, and one M.2 (up to 60 mm). 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, and display outputs including dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort, make for the rest of it.

ECS Shows Innovation and Determination at Computex 2014

The largest ICT trade show in Asia and the second largest in the world, COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014, attracting over 130,000 visitors, including 38,000 international visitors with 1,700 exhibitors using 5,000 booths, will be held during 6/3~6/7. The motherboard leading manufacturer ECS will demonstrate product diversity and innovation along with the new product announcement during this event. Welcome to find out more at ECS Booth L0118 Nangang Hall, Taipei.

Speaking of new product, first of all, with Intel latest 9-Series Chipset released in May 2014, ECS high-end gaming brand, L337 GAMING, launched brand-new Z97-MACHINE with Intel Z97 Express Chipset, a gaming-oriented motherboard with world-class ESS SABRE audio to rock gamers' sounding experience. Also two new L337 GAMING family members with ITX form factor, Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE, will be globally announced at COMPUTEX.

ECS 8 Series Motherboards Now Support Intel Haswell Refresh Processors

ECS, Elitegroup Computer System, the global leading motherboard manufacturer today announces that all of its 8 series motherboards offer support for the New 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell Refresh Processors. With only a simple BIOS update, users can easily take full advantage of the newly launched CPUs.

With the anticipation and excitement coming along with the new 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell Refresh Processors, ECS takes it one step further when it comes to fulfilling users' satisfaction by getting new drivers and BIOS ready. ECS has provided support across the entire 8 series product line, including Z87, H87, Q87, B85 and H81 chipset based motherboards.

ECS Announces Z97-MACHINE High-end LGA1150 Motherboard

The all-new ECS L337 Gaming Z97-MACHINE brings together numerous features and advantages demanded by hardcore PC gamers. It uses the new Intel Z97 Express Chipset, enabling support for some of the fastest processors available, including Intel's new 4th and 5th generation Intel Core processors CPU i7, i5, i3, Z97-MACHINE also ships with Pro Gaming Performance features, thanks to Extreme Audio combo with ESS SABRE Premier DAC and Sound Blaster Cinema 2, Hybrid Power module design, dual graphic and native 4K support, latest M.2 Expansion for SSD, Intel Ethernet gigabit LAN optimization for gaming, and a high quality, extreme tested all components platform and design that is unmatched in the industry.

As a member of the L337 Gaming motherboard family, the Z97-MACHINE benefits from a legacy of ECS's gamer-friendly design. From start to finish, this motherboard aims to enable better, more enjoyable gaming on PC at a great starting price for players looking for great performance at an even better value.

ECS Intros Socket FM2+ Motherboard Based on AMD A58 Chipset

ECS unveiled its first socket FM2+ motherboard based on AMD's new A58 FCH entry-level chipset, the A58F2P-M4. This narrow micro-ATX motherboard draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU connectors, and uses a 3+1 phase VRM to condition power for the APU, which is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, and a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. The only other expansion slot is a PCIe 3.0 x1. Connectivity is fairly basic, with four SATA 3 Gb/s ports, D-Sub and HDMI display outputs, 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet. Expect this to go under $50.

ECS Announces the Whole New AMD FM2+ Platform Motherboards

ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) today announced the whole new AMD FM2+ Platform motherboards - A78F2P-M2, A58F2P-M4, and A55F2P-M2 , featuring the new AMD FM2+ APU socket, transcending the already strong performance FM2 motherboards by adding a host of powerful new features from the Kaveri Technology platform. ECS AMD FM2+ motherboards offer native support for PCI Express Gen 3.0 as well as DirectX 11.1 support integrating the high performance "Steamroller" core. In addition, ECS AMD FM2+ motherboards provide native 4K resolution for ultimate visual experience.

ECS FM2+ Motherboards with AMD Radeon Graphics
AMD A-Series APUs with AMD Radeon R7 graphics are designed with game-changing new features that deliver superior computing and heart-pounding gaming performance. AMD Radeon graphics is based on the new intelligent computing architecture to optimize users' visual experience with the most advanced graphical technology.

ECS Liva Mini-PC Pictured

Ahead of its launch, pictures of ECS Liva mini-PC were posted by the Japanese media. Designed to take on the likes of Intel NUC (Atom) and Gigabyte Brix, the Liva runs Intel's "Bay Trail-M" SoC, which allows a great deal of cost-cutting, and lets it make the Liva fan-less. A big metal-ridge heatsink cools the SoC. The compact system board has a great deal of onboard connectivity, including D-Sub and HDMI display outputs; gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, and stereo HD audio. The board comes with its own 2 GB of DDR3L onboard RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC storage. Measuring 118 mm x 70 mm x 56 mm, the Liva weighs in at 190 g. It's expected to be priced under $200.
Sources: PC Watch Impress, FanlessTech

ECS Unveils the A78F2-TI Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

ECS unveiled the A78F2-TI, an interesting thin mini-ITX motherboard. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a socket AM1 board. It's socket FM2+, with the cooler mount hole design of Intel LGA115x. That's right, this is arguably the first AMD platform board with square, spaced out cooler mount holes. Don't get your hopes up just yet. Between an FM2 socket, and the APU's chunky IHS, there's more thickness than an Intel socket with a CPU installed. So it may not support all heatsinks. The board draws power from an external 2-pin power brick. It uses a 3+1 phase VRM to condition power for the FM2+ socket.

The A78F2-TI runs AMD A78 FCH chipset. The APU is wired out to two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, and mPCIe slots. Storage connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and an LVDS. Two USB 3.0, six USB 2.0/1.1 ports, gigabit Ethernet, and 6-channel HD audio make for the rest of it. The A78F2-TI is built not just for SFF builds, but also (and especially) all-in-one desktops.

ECS Introduces the A55F2P-M2 Motherboard

ECS announced the A55F2P-M2, an entry-level socket FM2+ motherboard, that's ready for AMD's A-Series "Kaveri" APUs, and backwards-compatible with "Richland" and "Trinity" APUs. The narrow micro-ATX motherboard draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors, and uses a 3+2 phase VRM to condition it for the APU. The socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory, a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot. A legacy PCI slot makes for the rest of the expansion area. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 3 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include DVI and D-Sub. Two USB 3.0 ports, 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, and PS/2 connectors make for the rest of the connectivity. Expect this board to go around the $50 mark.

ECS Announces the V20 All-in-One PC

ECS is pleased to announce the new V20, the powerful, compact and stylish all-in-one PC system. With a 19.5-inch touch panel and Windows 8.1 support, the V20 offers a brilliant solution for business, entertainment, and commercial signage applications. The V20 puts an entire PC inside a large, bright screen with multi-touch support. This compact design saves space in homes and offices, and it's also extremely lightweight at only 3.1 kg (6.8 lbs).

Home and office users will be delighted with the V20's silent fanless operation, the extremely sleek, clean exterior with minimal cables, and no large vents or grilles to attract dust and dirt. Optional bluetooth wireless supports a keyboard, mouse and other peripherals without cable clutter. High speed IEEE 802.11b/g/n WIFI support is standard. For users who want to create the cleanest, most-unobtrusive and clutter-free PC system, only one single cable is required, for power.

ECS Introduces the Z87H3-M Motherboard

ECS is pleased to announce the Z87H3-M, the smartest Z87 MicroATX motherboard choice on the market for high-end gamers. The Z87H3-M is packed with features that enhance the gaming experience out of the box and provides a future upgrade path, all while still being affordable price.

This is an ECS Durathon board, which means it has the Triple Density moisture-proof PCB, ultra-high Extreme Temperature Resistance, and extra-stringent testing. ECS Z87H3-M features 100% durable, heat-resistant solid capacitors for an ultra-long, stable life, even with the serious electrical and thermal demands of the latest gaming hardware. Solid capacitors typically provide a lifetime 6 times longer than the electrolytic capacitors used in lower-quality products. Meanwhile external connectors, such as VGA, USB and LAN ports, feature heavy-duty ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection, to protect delicate internal components from static and other electrical disturbances.

ECS DURATHON Technology Introduction- Extreme Temperature Resistance

According to the research, a high percentage of short circuit, system instability, and burn out are caused by the physical environment, which can be referred to extremely hot or cold environment. ECS motherboards with Durathon Technology have been tested under extreme operating conditions with wide range temperature standard, which adopts 50% more stringent temperature test than normal industry standard, significantly improving the lifespan and reliability of the entire motherboard.

Ultra Wide Band Temperature Range
Durathon Technology offers the Extreme Temperature Resistance range from 50 ˚C to - 10 ˚C, which is 10˚C higher and lower than the competitors' motherboard test, offering 50% more stringent temperature test than industrial standard. With an ultra-wide band temperature range, ECS motherboards with Durathon Technology can effectively reduce the PCB warping and the stress for the motherboards due to drastic temperature fluctuations in cold environment. For the high temperature resistance to 50 ˚C, rather than 40 ˚C, Durathon Technology is more capable of ensuring the stability and durability of the system since the average PC operating temperature is around 40 ˚C~45 ˚C, which is higher than the average boundary of 40˚C.
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