START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Dec 2020)
(2016-01-22, 21:50)greygooser Wrote:
(2016-01-22, 04:09)psysfaction Wrote:
(2016-01-22, 02:05)greygooser Wrote: Hi all. New to the forums, but I've been using Openelec for a few years on both an old Acer Revo and a barebones Foxconn that just bit the dust. I've been reading as much as possible about my different options for my requirements, and I've narrowed it down to a few options but I would appreciate any insight or thoughts that someone with some more knowledge can provide.

Here are my requirements:
-a device that can run Openelec
-able to play 3D MKV's
-Can handle 4K (at least 30hz)

If it were available, the WeTek Core seems great and relatively affordable. However, since it's not I've narrowed it down to 2 choices:

HP Chromebox CB1-014 - Haswell Intel Celeron processor 2995U


Dell Inspiron I3050-4427BLK - Intel Celeron J1800

The Chromebox is well regarded, but most people seem to use the ASUS model as opposed to this HP. The Dell seems like it would probably be easier to install Openelec on. Which one would perform better with Openelec?

I would get a braswell box since the price is not much higher but you get HevC (h.265) hardware decoding.
I have tested the AsRock Beebox and the Zotac Nano both with braswell CPU and they run Openelec very smooth.

Thank you. I ended up going with the Zotac BI323-U which has the Intel N3150. Was only $100 from Amazon Warehouse. I was thinking of getting 1 x 4GB stick of ram, is that sufficient? Also would like to know if its efficient/easy to run openelec from a USB drive/SD Card so I don't have to buy a 2.5" HD. Thanks again for the advice, I'm glad I avoided the J1800 Processor.

Personally I would put a small SSD. 32gb will be enough and it's only around 30 USD.

As for the ram I would put 2x 2gb ram or 2x 4gb
Because it improves 4K video decoding when you have ram in dual channels mode I believe.

Messages In This Thread
The right box for me - by tyem - 2016-01-13, 15:29
RE: Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Jan. 2016) - by psysfaction - 2016-01-23, 03:02
Jesus Box - by kellyvb - 2016-03-04, 20:18
Thanks for the Help! - by jmc15john - 2016-11-09, 16:44
Jarvis crashes and wipes - by gotthis2000 - 2017-01-10, 22:14
RE: Jarvis crashes and wipes - by nickr - 2017-01-10, 22:58
T95Z Plus Android TV Box - by gooner1971 - 2017-03-17, 13:04