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First good hands-on writeup about the Steam Link from PCGamer:
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At $50, the Steam Link is half the price I expected for the first great living room PC streaming box. I'm eager to see the final product land this November, open it up, and see exactly what's inside. I'm also a bit worried that Valve is going to cannibalize interest in the machines its hardware partners are building because the Steam Link is so cheap, but we'll have to thoroughly test it with Steam In-Home Streaming to see if it's truly PC gaming's living room killer app.
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Hi peeps, I'm trying to set up the cheapest option I can go with for in home streaming. would an a6 7400k do the deep or do I need to invest in something with a little more umph like an a10 7700k
     
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[A6-7400K] ...should handle linear H.265 playback, although start jumping around and you might experience pausing while the system re-analyses the new position. But H.264 and other modern codecs (VP8 etc.) shouldn't miss a beat.
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The client has more modest requirements, but should have a GPU that supports hardware accelerated H264 decoding. Any recent laptop or PC should meet the client requirements.
Steam In-Home Streaming

This should make you feel at ease about going with the A6-7400K! Let us know what you end up doing. smile.gif
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This should make you feel at ease about going with the A6-7400K! Let us know what you end up doing. smile.gif

Thanks for the info, I think I am going to go with the 7400k, should get it saturday and have it up and running next week, hopefully get some testing done on it as well
     
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If you're talking about using an apu as the client, have a low end nvidia card handy, unless steam fixed that.
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If you're talking about using an apu as the client, have a low end nvidia card handy, unless steam fixed that.

Doubtful. I did some streaming last night and it still lags on 1080p on my HTPC with the HD5450. 720p though runs 60 fps smooth, no problems.
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Hey guys. Just wanted to share this. Although acknowledging I haven't actually tried any steaming yet.

I just bought a "wintel" hockey puck shaped device that has a "steamOS" option in the BIOS (along side windows, android and ubuntu). It seems to have all the same hardware as one of those HDMI "compute sticks" (same atom CPU, same wifi/bluetooth chipset, same amount of RAM and storage). I got it for $100 though. Perhaps this is the precursor to the valve device?

I wrote a longer thread about it over is the OS section if it sounds interesting.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1554073/new-micro-windows-device-bios-os-options-includes-one-for-steamos
 
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Hey guys. Just wanted to share this. Although acknowledging I haven't actually tried any steaming yet.

I just bought a "wintel" hockey puck shaped device that has a "steamOS" option in the BIOS (along side windows, android and ubuntu). It seems to have all the same hardware as one of those HDMI "compute sticks" (same atom CPU, same wifi/bluetooth chipset, same amount of RAM and storage). I got it for $100 though. Perhaps this is the precursor to the valve device?

I wrote a longer thread about it over is the OS section if it sounds interesting.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1554073/new-micro-windows-device-bios-os-options-includes-one-for-steamos
That is a cool little device! You'll have to report back to us and let us know how well it streams. I'm curious if that little quad core will get the job done. Thanks for sharing!
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I thought I would give an update on my "PuckPC".
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Well firstly I had to figure out an OS since the one that comes with it has an invalid key and expires in 30 days. I was trying to trick it in to using a different key by installing with the MS "restore media" ISO (that accepts windows 8.0 keys) but that didn't work. And I wiped the hard drive without backing up any drivers. And this device apparently doesn't actually have a company behind it, it's just some atom SoC that any and every Chinese company can slap a brand on and ship out. So no drivers/updates/support page of any kind. I do have valid keys (which I leagally purchased) for Windows 7 but I couldn't even get the install media to boot.

Anyway I tried the Windows 10 preview and I eventually got it installed but had nothing but issues with it. Too much effort to be worth it. So I finally settled on the 90 day trial of 8.1 enterprise. Good enough for now. (side note, the 90 days trial can be "re-armed" some number of times or additional 90 days...)

I really only included the above so I could mention with some context that the drivers for the "Meego pad" are the same as this device. Like I said, generic SoC...

Once I finally had a good-enough OS installed I tried some in home streaming. When I first tried "big picture mode" it barely even ran, the UI was like 2 frames per second. So I used the actual "system installer" drivers" from the Meegopad drivers I found and tried again and it was smooth-as-butter (apparently drivers=good).

I use this "ethernet over AC lines" kit so I don't have to run Cat5 cable every place which adds some latency. I first I tried Super Meatboy at 720p, it ran but at very slow framerate and was pretty much unplayable. Then I tried bypassing the ethernet-over-AC wall warts and run a 15 foot cable from my main PC to the router where the Puck was directly connected. And I didn't seem to have any latency or frame skip issues, it was quite playable. It did seem like there was a few times it didn't register my button press but it could be I'm just no good at Super Meatboy or my gamepad is getting old and tired.

I played Super Meatboy for probably 20 or 30 minutes before finally shutting it down. I felt the Puck and it was really, really warm to the touch. So although it is quite usable I think I will have to take the thing apart and install a fan and/or giant heat sink.

Side note: I found the working Meego pad drivers on XDA developers, I can send a link if anybody needs them.
 
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I thought I would give an update on my "PuckPC".
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Well firstly I had to figure out an OS since the one that comes with it has an invalid key and expires in 30 days. I was trying to trick it in to using a different key by installing with the MS "restore media" ISO (that accepts windows 8.0 keys) but that didn't work. And I wiped the hard drive without backing up any drivers. And this device apparently doesn't actually have a company behind it, it's just some atom SoC that any and every Chinese company can slap a brand on and ship out. So no drivers/updates/support page of any kind. I do have valid keys (which I leagally purchased) for Windows 7 but I couldn't even get the install media to boot.

Anyway I tried the Windows 10 preview and I eventually got it installed but had nothing but issues with it. Too much effort to be worth it. So I finally settled on the 90 day trial of 8.1 enterprise. Good enough for now. (side note, the 90 days trial can be "re-armed" some number of times or additional 90 days...)

I really only included the above so I could mention with some context that the drivers for the "Meego pad" are the same as this device. Like I said, generic SoC...

Once I finally had a good-enough OS installed I tried some in home streaming. When I first tried "big picture mode" it barely even ran, the UI was like 2 frames per second. So I used the actual "system installer" drivers" from the Meegopad drivers I found and tried again and it was smooth-as-butter (apparently drivers=good).

I use this "ethernet over AC lines" kit so I don't have to run Cat5 cable every place which adds some latency. I first I tried Super Meatboy at 720p, it ran but at very slow framerate and was pretty much unplayable. Then I tried bypassing the ethernet-over-AC wall warts and run a 15 foot cable from my main PC to the router where the Puck was directly connected. And I didn't seem to have any latency or frame skip issues, it was quite playable. It did seem like there was a few times it didn't register my button press but it could be I'm just no good at Super Meatboy or my gamepad is getting old and tired.

I played Super Meatboy for probably 20 or 30 minutes before finally shutting it down. I felt the Puck and it was really, really warm to the touch. So although it is quite usable I think I will have to take the thing apart and install a fan and/or giant heat sink.

Side note: I found the working Meego pad drivers on XDA developers, I can send a link if anybody needs them.
Thanks for sharing all of that information!! You'll have to take some pics of it once you've customized the device with the cooler you choose. Would you say that the heat seems to be its biggest shortcoming?
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