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Registered: Aug 2014
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I'll be looking foward to running PSX on one of these babies:

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-stick/intel-compute-stick.html
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Registered: May 2009
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Location: EDDM
Hi,

Before anyone buys this stick to run PSX make sure that the included Atom runs at 2.5 GHz or higher, as recommended by Hardy.
Intel offers quad-core Atoms at various speeds (some run at 1.33 GHz, see ark.intel.com for details).

Regards, Holger
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Registered: Aug 2014
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Location: Sydney
Specs - a quad-core Bay Trail Atom Z3735F, Bluetooth 4.0, and 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi.

I think it should be fine.
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Registered: Jun 2014
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nice i saw that at CES too. not sure how to do 2 monitors so might get the new Broadwell NUCs which can go up to i7, 16GB RAM, 2x displayports.
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Registered: Nov 2014
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The performance of PSX on a Z3735F processor is not optimal

Screenshot of PSX running on a Z3735F processor

This is with network turned off and situation '01 Departure 002 - Tel Aviv - Hong Kong.situ' loaded (the beginning of the CPU graph represents the moment I loaded the situation).

The frame rate is under-performing (it's set to 72) and the processor is turbo boosted on 1 core so if you run other stuff concurrently, using other cores, the processor will underclock all the cores. I've seen this happen and framerates went considerably lower.
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Registered: Jun 2014
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The Intel Broadwell NUC powering a 5k display. I guess an i5 or i7.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW7V9HhAfxM&index=19&list=WL
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Registered: Nov 2014
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The 5th gen NUC with the i5 or i7 is arguably not up to Hardy's spec (with a low nominal clock speed, turboboosting to higher clock speeds when needed) however they are considerably more capable processors than the Z3735F, so I'd say they could work very nicely.
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Registered: Jun 2014
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According to here (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-nuc5i5myhe-board-nuc5i5mybe.html), the most powerful NUC to be relased soon has a i5 5300U @ 2.3 Ghz turbo to 2.9 Ghz , dual core.
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Registered: May 2010
Posts: 99
Location: Brussels
macaba wrote
The performance of PSX on a Z3735F processor is not optimal
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The frame rate is under-performing (it's set to 72) and the processor is turbo boosted on 1 core so if you run other stuff concurrently, using other cores, the processor will underclock all the cores. I've seen this happen and framerates went considerably lower.

Frankly, I guess it all depends about your expectations...
Spending a lot of time in hotel rooms far away from my powerful desktop computer I dreamed for years to be able to run a flight simulator with good system depth on a small laptop or tablet.

I even tried to run PS1 on an iPad using a DOS emulator. Needless to say that attempt wasn't too succesful :lol:

I'm now carrying a relatively cheap Acer switch 10 Windows 8.1 tablet/laptop crossover with a Z3735 processor with me when I'm abroad.
Using a HDMI cable it allows me to run PSX on a big screen almost everywhere in the world.
A Logitech F310 gamepad replaces the yoke, dual throttle and rudder pedals I have at home.
Averaging 20fps the experience is not butter smooth but I'm more than happy with it 8)
I wouldn't build my home setup around those Intel computing stick but it will be hard to beat as a portable setup...

Cheers,
Sylvain
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Registered: Jan 2013
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PSX works at full speed on a Microsoft Surface Pro. Look no further if ultimate mobility is what floats your boat...

- B
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Registered: May 2010
Posts: 99
Location: Brussels
That's good to know! Thanks Balt

S.
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Registered: Aug 2014
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Location: Sydney
macaba wrote
The performance of PSX on a Z3735F processor is not optimal

Screenshot of PSX running on a Z3735F processor

This is with network turned off and situation '01 Departure 002 - Tel Aviv - Hong Kong.situ' loaded (the beginning of the CPU graph represents the moment I loaded the situation).

The frame rate is under-performing (it's set to 72) and the processor is turbo boosted on 1 core so if you run other stuff concurrently, using other cores, the processor will underclock all the cores. I've seen this happen and framerates went considerably lower.


Apparently a Z3735 can run Crysis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryaNlslwOD0
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Registered: Aug 2014
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Looks like Skylake is coming to the Intel stick!

http://www.fudzilla.com/news/mobile/37329-intel-compute-stick-comes-with-skylake-y

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