Best Mini-PC?


I am looking into getting a reasonably low-cost ($100-250) mini-PC to run Shadow on for my living room TV. There are tons of options on Amazon, but I am not really sure which would be give me the best experience. Does anyone have any experience with this? What are your suggestions? Thanks!


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There is a little personal pc called raspberry pi 4 which looks like a decent option. I need to do more research myself but it’s a suggestion. Look on amazon or the pi hut website as they sell starter kits etc. But like I said before you might need to do some more research on it. Hope that helps 👍

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I mean… 

 

The shadow ghost is a pretty baller option… But thats just my thoughts on it, you can order it right here.

 

Good Luck in the TV streaming world!

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Honestly I’m to the point of just throwing together a small form factor PC just for this.  As long as it’s JUST for streaming from Plex, retro emulation, or a shadow client I have some spare parts lying around.  Worst case scenario I do the stupid thing and I run shadow in a windows instance and run parsec on a Pi (hopefully my controller is recognized).  Not exactly like the games I play require split second timing 100% of the time. 

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Hello there,

I bought an intel i3 box from Amazon recently and it should arrive in a few days. I will see if it suits Shadow well, although it was a bit above your price range.

Raspberry 4 would maybe be an option if Shadow were to  publicly release an ARM 64 version of their launcher.

As already mentioned the own Shadow’s ghost maybe an option too but I believe that availability can be challenging these days...

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I would not use a RPi, cause i heared that many user who tried to use it for Shadow were not very happy with this solution.
There are a lot of Mini PCs (would not use a PC Stick) with at least an Intel Z8350 which you could use.
For example, i use(d) a Beelink X45 with an Intel J4105 and it worked pretty well for me.
Do you want to use this mini PC also for other things than Shadow?

I don’t think I would be likely to use it for other things, though one never knows.

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Intel Nuc should do.

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I think a few youtube reviews are saying that some Atom based fanless minipc with the Z8350 are working fine for shadow - as Simpel here above seems to confirm too. They tend to be among the cheapest.

I guess it is also a question of: taking the cheapest that meets the current needs versus having something a bit more evolved that can be repurposed for something else.

Ultimately the amazon reviews and questions may also contain useful reviews and usecase for a specific product.
 

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Those MiniPCs are still more expensive than the Nvidia Shield though...

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Hey there,

So I was able to test the shadow client on a linux platform on an intel i3-5005U mini PC. It works pretty well and smoothly as far as I could tell. I did not really heard the fan and it reaches around 25-40prct CPU load on 4 HT cores. So it also means there is probably some less-expensive/less powerful solution out-there that may be suitable too!

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I just bought this for myself after referring it to a client. This is great for things outside of just having a Shadow. It’s a bit pricey but it’ll last you 5 years, that’s an investment… “tax write-off.”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0892P3DZZ/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A2QC0HTVUZR1US&th=1

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Could anyone with some knowledge take a look at this Mini PC and let know if it will run Shadow okay? I appreciate the input in advance, thank you!!

 

https://www.amazon.de/VGA-Anschluss-PXE-Start-Halterung-automatische-Einschalten/dp/B07VJD6HRS/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=Intel%2BNuc&qid=1591715313&sr=8-11-spons&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExWEhQSkNQWlRYRktaJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTQ1MTY4MkRTM0haUkM5VzRLRCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTg3Mzg4MlRGUDJaMTBBSVk3UCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU&th=1

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Could anyone with some knowledge take a look at this Mini PC and let know if it will run Shadow okay? I appreciate the input in advance, thank you!!

 

https://www.amazon.de/VGA-Anschluss-PXE-Start-Halterung-automatische-Einschalten/dp/B07VJD6HRS/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=Intel%2BNuc&qid=1591715313&sr=8-11-spons&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExWEhQSkNQWlRYRktaJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTQ1MTY4MkRTM0haUkM5VzRLRCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTg3Mzg4MlRGUDJaMTBBSVk3UCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU&th=1

Hello BrentNH, thank you for reaching out to the community for some help. 

Let’s cross-reference your Mini-PC with Shadow requirements.

 

  1. Win10 :thumbsup:
  2. 4GB RAM :thumbsup:
  3. Intel Celeron J3455 (Released 2016) :thumbsup:

You’re all set to run Shadow! Enjoy!

 

 

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Outstanding! Thank you! Was given this device for free and was hoping it could become another option for Shadow, and looks like it will be, thank you!

NUC’s are overpriced. I bought A Gigabyte Brix S with J1405 chipset and some seperate RAM plus an ssd I had laying around. 200 bucks for an upgradable, nice chasis, plenty of ports. Even this is overkill for shadow really.

 

https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Compact-Graphics-Component-GB-BLCE-4105/dp/B07DMM7Z7N/ref=sr_1_11?dchild=1&keywords=brix+s&qid=1601279611&sr=8-11