New ChromeBox Specs

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I have a few Asus Chromeboxes that I've successfully deployed in a test environment.  As I begin to purchase more Chromeboxes to expand our network I'm wondering about specs.  My testing has been done with a 2GB, Celeron model.  For this application, is there an advantage to getting 4GB, or a faster CPU?  Thanks.
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The Celeron boxes I've used have been quite reliable. I think these should work well for your content, however if your Presentations are going to have a lot of video and constantly moving content, a stronger CPU may show a marked performance gain.

The simple truth, it may be worthwhile to get a stronger CPU or one with more RAM, and compare them side by side to see if the performance difference is significant.
Thanks for the info.  So, you think CPU would yield more benefit than RAM?  The $179 Chromebox is very attractive when its sole purpose is to run RiseVision in kiosk mode.  If we were using these as more general workstations it would be easier to justify the added cost.
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I know it's a vague answer, but it really depends on the content. More RAM would mean more addressable memory to use, more CPU would mean more horsepower to throw at content. Honestly the best way to know for sure is to test with more of both, and gauge the results returned.
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Just wanted to chime in here with my 2 cents.....

For most presentations I've run that don't use video, the base model Chromebox does just fine. However, I do have another presentation that's essentially running HD videos from Vimeo all day, every day. It was definitely having some trouble with the base model. Everything would run just fine for a while, but it was prone to hanging up relatively often. I didn't try upgrading the RAM in that box, but instead ordered a few of the i3 systems with 4GB RAM and immediately maxed out the ram (16GB). Running HD video all day, it seemed to hover around 5-6GB of RAM used (likely from keeping this in the browser cache, which keeps it in RAM). The i3 with 16GB ran beautifully and without a single stutter, but it did turn out to be overkill. I actually backed them off to 10GB (it's got 2 slots, max 8GB in each, so I kept an original 2GB and added the 8GB), and they run great, again hovering between 5 and 6GB in use. So they'll do it with 2 or 4GB, but there is absolutely an improvement if you get to 8GB.

But again, that's only if you're running HD video non-stop. Otherwise, with a more static presentation, you'll probably just be giving it more horsepower than it really needs. I've got a few of the Celeron boxes, which I've bumped up to 4GB (since I had the extra 2GB from the i3 boxes) and they run great, but I'm not really sure that it's a noticeable difference from the stock 2GB. Hope that helps!

You can also check your RAM usage on the Chromebox, provided you do it before you put the system in Kiosk mode. I wiped them, installed the regular player app, and ran my presentations while watching the memory usage (can't remember exactly how but it was all with the normal Chrome tools already on the system) to see how things were running, and once I found a good configuration I re-wiped them and then went through the Kiosk procedure. If you want to know exactly what I used to check the mem usage, let me know and I'll do it again.
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I have several Asus i3s deployed (without management at moment only kiosk mode), I know they are essentially the same builds, but has anyone tested the New "Dell" i3 chromeboxes?
Appear to have newer i3 and pricing is actually cheaper than the Asus model. I'll be buying a few more here soon an might pick up the Dell for ***** & giggles

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Mylife,

We don't have any of the Dell units in house, but the specs look good! We would be interested in knowing your experience with the hardware.
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Blake, 
I agree and slightly cheaper than the Asus i3 unit at the moment. Would the RV install on these units be any different? I figure there wouldnt be any difference as they are both Chrome OS with very similar specs. Just wanted to ask before I put an order in for a few units
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Mylife,

Assuming that Dell does not modify the operating system, RV should install in the same manner. You're just adding it as an extension to chrome.
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Received 3 Dell Units today, First Impressions are good, Looks like it has more ventilation. Working on setting one up in kiosk mode at the moment
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Are you able to upgrade the RAM inside the Dell Chromebox?
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Are you able to upgrade the RAM inside the Dell Chromebox?