We were very impressed with the value of the LIVA One A300 using a Ryzen 5 5600G APU for workstation, multi-tasking, and creative use cases. At around $600 for the parts as tested, it provides superb performance bang for buck when compared – admittedly unfairly – with a desktop PC with a powerful video card that costs six times more. The A300 only falls short in gaming or where graphics intensive tasks are needed.
Let’s sum it up:
- The LIVA One A300 is an excellent SFF value as a barebones mini-PC that can use any 65W Ryzen or Athlon APU
- Support for up to 2x32GB DDR4 3200MHz
- Good storage options for NVMe and SATA III SSDs
- It excels in multi-tasking, creative, and workstation applications.
- It offers support for 3 displays up to 4K for multasking
- Its small form factor allows for easy placement while taking up a very small footprint and little energy
- It runs cool and very quiet
- Plenty of USB connectors with support for Type C
- It is fast and easy to build
- It can handle some 1080P gaming
- Gaming and graphics heavy applications are its only weaknesses (and it is not advertised for gaming) but FSR goes a long way to address it
If a gamer is looking for a solid and handsome SFF barebones mini-PC with a lot of build options, the LIVA One A300 should be considered. It is a solidly-built mini-PC that that can handle heavy CPU workloads for extreme multi-tasking, workstation, and creative needs. It is also suitable for light, eSports, and even some mainstream gaming on Low/1080P.
We really were impressed with the LIVA One A300 and plan to use it as a Plex server. We were also impressed with FSR and especially with FSR 2.0 and the performance increase it provides for games that otherwise could not be played at 1080P.