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Amazing little box handles everything I throw at it!
on December 26, 2012
I tend not to write many reviews, even though I'm the type of person who receives an average of 3-4 boxes per week from Amazon.
But this little machine is amazing for the price, size, and power usage. Yes it is an Atom processor, which are pretty darn slow (at least it is dual core). It doesn't boot up very fast. It doesn't load things very quickly. But it gets the job done on the cheap and without jacking my electricity bill.
What can that little Atom processor + 4GB of RAM handle though? Well here's the major things running on my box right now:
1) XBMC (a video/music player) playing back flawless 1080p videos with 5.1 surround sound (thanks to dedicated video card, even though it is just a 610m)
2) Ubuntu in a VirtualBox VM. This virtual machine is constantly processing small amounts of data and indexing it into a database (Newznab for those familiar).
3) A pair of programs that regularly search for updated shows I want to download, grabs them, downloads them, and unpacks and organizes them.
4) 12TB of Win8 Storage Spaces from 4 USB 3.0 external drives attached through a USB 3.0 Hub, which is also shared over the network
Sometimes programs take some extra time to load, sometimes my Ubuntu VM takes 20 seconds to go from black screen to log in screen, sometimes a Windows Update seems to take ages. But it all still works and most importantly I've never seen a stutter in the video playback, even while it is doing _all_ of these things in the background at the same time.
IMPORTANT: If you're looking at other EeeBox's - check the specs carefully! This is the one you want. A lot of the others for similar or slightly less price points are single core processors, integrated graphics cards, and only half the RAM.