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Asus Chromebox announcement
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Hi! Was looking at buying an Intel NUC as an XBMC box, but this (i3 version) is looking much better. Finally a cheap and powerful fanless box.

cpu (all Haswell, 65W):
- Intel Celeron 2955U (2C/2T 1.4GHz 2MB L3), fanless
- Intel Core i3-4010U (2C/4T 1.7GHz 3MB L3), fanless
- Intel Core i7-4600U (2C/4T 2.1/3.3GHz 4MB L3)

gpu:
- Celeron: Intel HD (200/1000MHz)
- Core i3: Intel HD 4400 (200/1000MHz)
- Core i7: Intel HD 4400 (200/1100MHz)

ram: 2GB/4GB configs, 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM Slots
storage: 16GB M.2 SSD + 100GB Google Drive for 2 years
lan: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
wifi: dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, BT 4.0

connectors:
- SD card reader
- 4 x USB 3.0
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 1 x Audio Jack (mic-in/speaker out)

starting at $179 in March

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http://www.anandtech.com/show/7735/asus-...ing-at-179

Given that it is made by asus, I am very hopeful that the hardware could support XBMC
#2
subscribed to thread. More Nuc the the better !

BHH
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#3
This is perfect XBMC machine, only a little more than the crappy cubox I paid for but have not even received a shipping notification email...

will sell the cubox asap and get this espicially if this gets XBMC support and I thinnk why wouldn't it?
#4
It's an intel chip, of course XBMC will run on it. Any x86 variant of XBMC will run on it. It does look very appealing but maybe overkill at $179. I think the sweet spot for XBMC clients is around $100 IMO
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#5
Way way way cheaper than the NUC and plenty powerful for XBMC. This is fantastic!
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#6
(2014-02-04, 18:55)ubuntuaddicted Wrote: It's an intel chip, of course XBMC will run on it. Any x86 variant of XBMC will run on it. It does look very appealing but maybe overkill at $179. I think the sweet spot for XBMC clients is around $100 IMO


Overkill if working on locally stored files, makes a lot of difference on Addons like 1channel and Navi-X and also media scanning and browsing huge collection of music
#7
Want this. Is the low end version enough to play 1080p hi10p content smoothly in software?
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#8
Funny I came here to post this announcement.
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(2014-02-04, 19:41)bmfrosty Wrote: Want this. Is the low end version enough to play 1080p hi10p content smoothly in software?

Hell Yeah! intel haswell i3 nad 2 gig ram, I had a c2d with 1 gig ram that easily played 1080p
#10
Keep in mind $179 is the entry point price, for the Celeron version. More expensive than the $128 BayTrail Celeron NUM (dn2820fyk), although the Asus comes with 2GB ram and 16GB SSD.
(2014-02-04, 18:59)Philmatic Wrote: Way way way cheaper than the NUC and plenty powerful for XBMC. This is fantastic!
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(2014-02-04, 20:03)kindrudekid Wrote:
(2014-02-04, 19:41)bmfrosty Wrote: Want this. Is the low end version enough to play 1080p hi10p content smoothly in software?

Hell Yeah! intel haswell i3 nad 2 gig ram, I had a c2d with 1 gig ram that easily played 1080p

I'm mostly thinking about the Celeron version. If it will play back smoothly in software (hi10p h.264 1080p30), then I'd rather go with that.
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#12
No IR. No thanks.
Modded MK1 NUC - CLICK ----- NUC Wiki - CLICK

Bay Trail NUC FTW!

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(2014-02-04, 20:43)jammyb Wrote: No IR. No thanks.

http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-RHRC-1100...B005ZAK50K
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#14
Good luck powering up from S5 with this
Regards,
Embrion
#15
Only 16 GB, though that's more than enough for OpenElec or a small Linux distro running Plex. I'm assuming the HDD can be replaced since it's using an M.2 SSD such as this one http://ark.intel.com/products/77948/Inte...s-25nm-MLC Hopefully the combined audio/mic jack is S/PDIF. Considering the price and specs, it sounds like it would make a terrific little HTPC.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7735/asus-...ing-at-179

Quote:ASUS' Chromebox comes with a 16GB M.2 SSD, and dual-band 802.11n wireless all for a price starting at $179. Google will throw in 100GB of space on Google Drive for 2 years to make up for the limited internal storage.

The box itself is a little bigger than Intel's Haswell NUC, but we're still talking about an extremely small form factor computer. ASUS will ship all units with a VESA mount as well. You can expect availability sometime in March.

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