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ASUS Desktop PC CHROMEBOX-M004U Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz) 2 GB DDR3 16GB SSD HDD Google Chrome OS
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Decent lowend HTPC setup/net client 01/19/2015

This review is from: ASUS Desktop PC CHROMEBOX-M004U Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz) 2 GB DDR3 16GB SSD HDD Google Chrome OS

Pros: Low price for a complete package.

Replaceable SSD (m.2 ngff type 2242 max I've seen on these are 256GB).

2x204 SODIMM 1.35v (DDR3L) sockets(MUCH appreciated over the gimped chromebooks with soldered RAM).

Cons: Higher end CPUs increase in cost too much v. the haswell celerons, e.g. the i3-4010U m0075u and the incredibly egregiously overpriced i7 variant.

Other Thoughts: Dual booting chrome os(it's 38.xx while my i3/C720 is 39.xx) and openelec/kodi for now. Planning to replace SSD w/128GB already swapped out the anemic 16GB for the 32GB leftover from my C720 upgrade(128GB - chrooting xfce ubuntu to turn it into a more generally useful notebook).

Chrome os, net client, to me? Meh. Not much use at the end of the day for that, but I'll probably leave a small slice for chrome os which I am betting will never end up being used v. constantly in openelec/kodi, BUT THAT is WHY I purchased this, as a small lightweight HTPC.

(-1 egg was for poor product pricing v. CPU variants although ATM for me the 2955U celery is enough, but I could easily see other needing/wanting what more complete core variants offer at non-ridiculous prices.)

Also, stay away from ARM if they ever offer those unless they're ~$50 and you have low expectations or already know how weak ARM is and poorly supported by linux(blame ARM/SoC mfgs/iGPU licensors for providing limited/shoddy drivers and little/no interest in OSS drivers, but at the end of the day ARM is just a poor CPU design no matter how you slice it.)

Rosewill RNWD-N9003PCE - Dual Band Wireless N900 Adapter - IEEE 802.11a / 11b / 11g / 11n, Up to 450 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 3 External Detachable Antenna
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Work.
Identified as "airport extreme" in the build first acquired for

Cons: none really

Other Thoughts: Originally bought one for a hackintosh(recognized as "airport extreme"), then bough two more for two other builds. They work well enough for 802.11n 3ch cards, but what I had REALLY wanted were 802.11ac boards, but the cheapest/only ones are ASUS clocking in at c. $100 apiece last I checked, which I find to be shall we say, a bit steep,

While USB 802.11ac dongles are MUCH more reasonably priced they are little better than 802.11n 3ch bandwidthwise, and only dual channel(or the ones that I could find).

So I'm using these and powerline "gigabit" ether setup which has been working for now. The 4th box is a p9x79-deluxe which came with some sort of proprietary looking connector wifi card(n) and it works well enough for now as well.

Decent price for these and as mentioned above are OSX 10.8 & 9(AFAIK, maybe 7 and 6 as well) compatible, work under linux(Ubuntu 13.10 only tested) and windows 8.1 x64 pro.

Last note: one of my notebooks purchased last summer also came with a get this, $30 dual channel Intel 802.11ac card(mPCIe), so I'm REALLY disappointed in the adoption rate of mfgs in producing 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac PCIe boards and clinging to 802.11n like it was going out of style.

AMD FX-9590 Vishera 4.7GHz Socket AM3+ 220W 8-Core Desktop Processor - Black Edition FD9590FHHKWOX with Liquid Cooling Kit
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 8 cores, relatively "fast"

Cons: VERY extremely poor IPC. HIGH heat.

Other Thoughts: AMD, ah how the times have changed from we were back rocking with 939, laughing at Intel having to ramp clocks and producing spacehaters. My how the worm has turned, now it's AMD struggling, ramping up clocks to extremes and making decent spaceheater replacements, esp when paired with a 290(x).

Anyways, by the time that I purchased, it was down under $300 or about what I paid for my wicked awesome(at the time) 4800+ X2. I knew that perf would be low, that AMD was still saddled with a extremely poor CPU arch(kaveri isn't much of a step in helping this), and is too busy pushing "APU"s, which are a nifty idea but I really can't see them going anywhere w/o Intel buyin as AMD just doesn't have share to drive hybrid programming as the norm on it's own. That said I put together this system for the nostalgia of the good old AMD days, and their only CPU("stock") that comes close to similarly priced Intel cores, although at a mind numbing power & heat penalty. Paired it w/a R9 280X(found a good price amongst the crazy) and 16GB 2133 RAM(2x8) DDR3. Does OK, now that it's winter have to see how it does in summer.


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