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    Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    Choose from a Celeron to a Core i7 machine, pre-orders priced from £249 to £799.
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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    £249 for a Celeron 3865U based NUC! You could find a more powerful laptop for that... They all seem overpriced in my opinion.
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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    gigabyte brix could be better value but the celeron should be fine for gaming in this.

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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    Quote Originally Posted by silent View Post
    gigabyte brix could be better value but the celeron should be fine for gaming in this.
    Gaming on a Chromebox? I would have thought a cheaper Nvidia Shield would be a better bet.

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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    yes you can game on them, not saying gta5 but certainly some games that do not require huge graphical power

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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    Retroarch runs very well on that class of hardware. There's ya NES/Sega/Amiga/MAME needs sorted
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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    Retroarch runs very well on that class of hardware. There's ya NES/Sega/Amiga/MAME needs sorted
    On that class of hardware yes, but in the same way that running Windows on anything other than x86 seems like a route to pain, running Google stuff on anything other than ARM seems like like a bad idea. To pay more for the privilege?

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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    Possibly... but these days it's pretty painless and doesn't really cost that much. Aimed more at people who are not that hardware aware...
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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    I'm confused. Isn't the idea of a Chromebox thing that it is a simple, energy efficient machine that can do pretty much all the basics well (web browsing, office, multimedia) on a low powered set of hardware? What, then is the point of having an i7 one? Surely you're not going to be video editing properly on these things (you may dabble like on a mobile phone, but if you want to do a lot of that you buy something with support from proper software, like a Mac or Windows machine).

    Am I missing something? Why would you do this? Surely if an SoC designed for a phone can handle 4K decoding, you don't need an i7 in something like this?

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    Re: Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    Am I missing something? Why would you do this? Surely if an SoC designed for a phone can handle 4K decoding, you don't need an i7 in something like this?
    It seems odd to me as well, you would really want to avoid a Windows license to pay all that money and not just put Windows on it.

    I would guess that people must have asked though. There might be an element of "because we can" given all the cpus use the same pinout, but even then designing for an i7 and them missing a few components off on things like the VRM to make a celeron version will still make the celeron version slightly more expensive. So I'm guessing that none of these are really mass market devices and Asus are scrabbling around a bit for sales.

    But then I don't personally know anyone with a Chrome box, just laptops, people who wanted a box to plug into the TV seem to have gone Android box or Raspberry Pi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    It seems odd to me as well, you would really want to avoid a Windows license to pay all that money and not just put Windows on it.

    I would guess that people must have asked though. There might be an element of "because we can" given all the cpus use the same pinout, but even then designing for an i7 and them missing a few components off on things like the VRM to make a celeron version will still make the celeron version slightly more expensive. So I'm guessing that none of these are really mass market devices and Asus are scrabbling around a bit for sales.

    But then I don't personally know anyone with a Chrome box, just laptops, people who wanted a box to plug into the TV seem to have gone Android box or Raspberry Pi.
    Or.... Apple TV.

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