ECS LIVA Z2 and Intel June Canyon NUC7PJYH Gemini Lake UCFF PCs Overview

Small type issue PCs have change into an necessary development phase over the past decade. On the one hand, we now have ultra-compact type issue (UCFF) PCs, that are revolutionizing the desktop PC market. Then again, they’ve additionally influenced the embedded and industrial market phase. Intel has two totally different CPU architectures – the core used within the premium market and the Atom used for the entry-level mannequin. The value and have set of Atom-based SoCs makes it a sexy proposition for cost-effective desktops and industrial motherboards and methods. Atom-based SoCs are long-lived merchandise, with Gemini Lake being the newest SoC household on this product line. On this article we check out two contrasting UCFF PCs from Gemini Lake – the fanless ECS LIVA Z2 and the actively cooled Intel NUC7PJYH.

Introduction

Intel's Apollo Lake SoCs launched in 2016 have been the primary to make use of the Goldmont CPU microarchitecture. The SoCs launched by Gemini Lake ( the tip of final yr ) are an evolutionary improve that will increase twice the quantity of on-die caches and supplies higher efficiency, regardless of being at about the identical frequency as their Apollo Lake Pendants are working. The built-in GPU can also be barely extra highly effective – each by way of EU and multimedia capabilities. Previous to the issuance of [14nm] Provide Restrictions a number of distributors had marketed Gemini Lake based mostly methods. Just like our Apollo Lake experiments (evaluation of an actively cooled Arches Canyon NUC and a passively cooled ECS LIVA ZN33 ), we obtained a couple of UCFF PCs from Gemini Lake for analysis – the Intel June Canyon NUC (NUC7PJYH) and the ECS LIVA Z2.

A comparability of the Arches Canyon NUC in opposition to June Canyon and the ECS LIVA Z2 in opposition to the ECS LIVA Z reveals the next updates:

Utilizing DDR4 SO-DIMM slots in comparison with DDR3 slots within the Apollo Lake methods
Standardization of no less than one HDMI 2.zero show output
Alternative of the Apollo Lake SoC by a Gemini Lake One

June Canyon additionally makes use of a extra superior wi-fi resolution (AC 9462 vs. AC 3168 at Arches Canyon), which makes use of the built-in wi-fi MAC on the Gemini Lake SoC. Nonetheless, the ECS LIVA Z2 nonetheless makes use of the older AC 3165. The shape issue of the LIVA Z2 may be very totally different from the LIVA Z – it has a smaller footprint however is thicker and doesn’t have the twin LAN capabilities of the older model.

The June Canyon NUC is obtainable in totally different flavors with our evaluation pattern being the very best configuration. Equally, the LIVA Z2 is provided with both the Celeron N4100 or the Pentium Silver N5000. Each variations come pre-installed with Home windows 10 House on an eMMC card. The 2 UCFF PCs include a 65W energy provide (19V @ three.42A) and a VESA mount.

Each machines have a dual-array microphone. On this approach, the tip person can configure the machine as a constantly-listening machine at any time with out having to attach an exterior microphone. The opposite promoting level is the provision of an HDMI 2.zero port with assist for HDCP 2.2. The 4Kp60 function is obtainable and permits particular use instances for digital signage. It’s also appropriate as HTPC, which might function a 4K show.

Platform Evaluation

Gemini Lake SoCs assist as much as 6 PCIe 2.zero lanes, eight USB three.zero ports and a couple of SATA three.zero ports. The distribution of PCIe lanes within the two PCs is as follows:

June Canyon NUC7PJYH

PCI-E 2.zero x1 connector # three in use @ x1 (PCI-E card reader from Realtek RTS5229)
PCI-E 2.zero x1 connector # 5 in use @ x1 (PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet adapter from Realtek RTL8168 / 8111)

ECS LIVA Z2

PCI-E 2.zero x1 # four in Use @ x1 (PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Adapter from Realtek RTL8168 / 8111)
PCI-E 2.zero x1 connector # 5 in use @ x1 (Intel Twin Band Wi-fi AC 3165 AC HMC Wi-fi Adapter)

Observe that utilizing the built-in AC-MAC within the NUC permits Intel to make use of one of many PCIe ports for a excessive efficiency card reader.

Within the following desk we now have an outline of the totally different methods which are thought-about at the moment. The related configuration particulars of the machines are supplied to assist readers perceive why some benchmark numbers are rotated for or in opposition to a specific system after we come to those sections.

Comparative PC Configurations

side
Intel NUC7PJYH
Intel NUC7PJYHECS LIVA Z2Intel NUC6CAYH

central processor
Intel Pentium Silver J5005
Intel Pentium Silver J5005

GPU
Intel UHD graphics 605
Intel UHD graphics 605

R.A.M.
Kingston HyperX KHX2400C14S4 DDR4 SODIMM
16-14-14-35 at 2400 MHz
2×16 GB
Kingston HyperX KHX2400C14S4 DDR4 SODIMM
16-14-14-35 at 2400 MHz
2×16 GB

warehouse
Essential BX300 CT480BX300SSD1
(480 GB, 2.5 "SATA III, Micron 3D MLC)
Essential BX300 CT480BX300SSD1
(480 GB, 2.5 "SATA III, Micron 3D MLC)

Wi-fi Web entry
Intel Twin Band Wi-fi AC 9462
(1×1 802.11ac – 433 Mbps)
Intel Twin Band Wi-fi AC 9462
(1×1 802.11ac – 433 Mbps)

Value (in USD if constructed)
$ 170 (barebones)
$ 518 (as configured, no working system)
$ 170 (barebones)
$ 518 (as configured, no working system)

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