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Asus Chromebox 2 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.1GHz 4GB 16GB SSD

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2 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.1GHz 4GB Nov 2014
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Asus Desktop Computers Have Good Reviews

Asus has good average reviews for its few processor core computers as well as across its entire personal computer range compared to other brands.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on few processor core computers that have been around for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebox is 1.6GB, and the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1GB to 16GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 1.74 gigabytes, the Chromebox has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age.

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4.3 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

This desktop computer supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, which is the most frequently supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version on comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Asus Chromebox is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port personal computer.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Chromebox has an SSD storage medium which is faster than most computers of this type and age. Most similar spec computers that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage speed across all few processor core computers that have been available for more than two years.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage speed across similar types of computer.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This PC has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor core computers that are a similar age to it.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports

Most few processor core computers that were released around the same time as the Chromebox have between one and five USB 3.0 ports, including the Chromebox which has four USB 3.0 ports.

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Four Processor Threads

The Chromebox is a four processor thread PC.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

Across all the personal computers of a similar spec and age to the Chromebox the processor caches range from 0.51MB to 4MB. With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the Chromebox has one of the bigger processor caches amongst comparable spec PCs of this age.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Chromebox has a greater number of memory slots than most few processor core computers that are a similar age to it. The most commonly found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Narrow

Across all the PCs of a similar type and age to the Chromebox the widths range from 3.4mm to 390mm, and the average width is 180mm. With a width of only 124 millimeters, the Asus Chromebox is quite narrow compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short

The average height of computers of this type and age is 210mm, and the heights range from 22mm to 450mm. The Chromebox is quite short (only 41.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Chromebox.

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Very Shallow

The shallowest few processor core PC that is a similar age to the Chromebox is 27mm deep and the deepest is 460mm. With a depth of only 124 millimeters, the Chromebox is fairly shallow compared to most of the other personal computers of this type and age.

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Light

Personal computers of a comparable age and type to the Chromebox have weights of between 600g and 16kg, and the average weight is 5.4kg. The Chromebox is very light (only 600 grams) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Chromebox.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of computers that were launched more than two years ago is 29GB, and the max internal memory supported processors range from 4GB to 32GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the Chromebox has a quite small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that have been available for a similar time to the Chromebox.

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Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Personal computers of this age and spec have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 800MHz. At only 200 megahertz, the Chromebox has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other PCs of this spec and age.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

When compared to other few processor core computers that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the Chromebox's total storage capacity of only 16 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The total storage capacity of similar spec PCs that were released around the same time as the Chromebox range from 4GB to 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 560GB.

If you want a desktop computer with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the DELL OptiPlex 7020[plb_2953764_price] (500GB and cheaper), or the Apple Mac Mini Late 2014[plb_2527459_price] (1TB and cheaper).

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Expensive

The cheapeast personal computers of a comparable spec and age that we found costs £148 and the most expensive costs £750. We think that this personal computer looks expensive for a desktop computer of a comparable spec and age.

Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 2.1 gigahertz, the Asus Chromebox has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox. The average processor clock speed of desktop computers that were launched around the same time as the Chromebox is 2.9GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3.9GHz.

If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the DELL OptiPlex 7020[plb_2953764_price] (3.5GHz and cheaper).

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of personal computers of a similar type and age to the Chromebox is 16GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 32GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the Asus Chromebox has a very small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other computers of this age and spec.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The solid-state drive capacities of few processor core computers that have been available for around the same time as the Chromebox range from 8GB to 260GB, and the average solid-state drive capacity is 99GB. The Asus Chromebox has a fairly small solid-state drive capacity (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other computers of this age and type.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Asus Chromebox

Released Over Two Years Ago

This desktop computer was released over two years ago.

Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Chromebox has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox.

We compared all the other 4GB memory desktop computers to this PC and we think cheaper personal computers such as the DELL OptiPlex 7020[plb_2394471_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Apple Mac Mini Late 2014[plb_2527459_price] (8GB) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

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System Bus Data Transfer Rate
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Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
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Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
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PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
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Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Compatible Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
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Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
DC-In Jack
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DisplayPort
HDMI Port
DVI Port
SATA III Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
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Chassis Type
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Case Colour
Intel Segment Tagging
Performance
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Idle States
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Processor Package Size
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
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Display
Power
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Intel Virtualization Technology
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11 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(65)
17 November 2016

The ASUS Chromebox 2-G084U is a nifty little device. Essentially a mini-PC, similar to the Gigabyte BRIX or Intel NUC families, it runs ChromeOS rather than Windows.It is well-designed, too, with...

Kitguru.net

11 September 2015

Avforums.com

Essentially the Chromebox is another small form factor PC running Google's Chrome OS (Operating System). The idea behind Chrome OS is that it's very light, free of viruses and fast to boot, with... Read more…

Unbelievably slick running of KODIOpenELEC
Excellent connectivity
SSD is a huge plus
It will play almost anything
Perhaps a bit pricey for a dedicated media box
Alternative OS installation method might put off some
3 July 2015

A charming little Chrome OS-based PC with surprisingly sprightly performance...

Expert Reviews

Very small and almost silent
Decent performance
Chrome OS makes a good desktop OS
Very cheap
Chrome OS native and web, based apps only
Print setup a hassle
22 April 2015

Chromebox in comparison to Windows/Mac based PCs or laptops is a different beast as it requires high speed Internet connectivity all the time to make most out of it. If you want to switch to...

2 April 2015

The underlying hardware is very similar to Chromebooks ? the M093U features a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Celeron 2955U CPU with a TDP of 15W. It's also got very basic Intel HD Graphics, 2GB of RAM and... Read more…

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User Reviews

(74)
Reviewed 31 December 2014 by James
James would recommend the Asus Chromebox M075U

The system runs very snappy. You don't notice it stuttering even running chrome with 30+ tabs open. The keyboard and mouse worked right out of the box. It starts up quick, one of many bonus' to... Read more…

Reviewed 16 July 2014 by ModoGiz
ModoGiz would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U

This little Chromebox can do 90% of what a PC can do and at 1/3 the price...

Reviewed 29 July 2014 by Sportbud
Sportbud would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U (Verified Purchase)

I needed a replacement computer for my shop and was reluctant to replace a worn out system with a costly PC to be put in a garage.This fit the bill. Ordered it in-store and it arrived quickly.... Read more…

Reviewed 13 June 2014 by TommyG
TommyG would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U

I was given a CR-48 by Google years ago. It was finally going. I should have bought this months ago. So simple, very small and a great value...

Reviewed 5 September 2014 by Noremachtims
Noremachtims would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U (Verified Purchase)

I love this setup for my bedroom television. It works like a champ on netflix as well as other sites in hi-def. I bought it with a wireless keyboard and mouse, and I was on the web in no time. It... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers apple m020, asus i75500, apple m020u, apple i74600, asus i75500u, chromeboxm029, apple i74600u, chromeboxm029u, apple chromeboxm020, asus 90ms00g1m00090, apple chromeboxm020u
Barcodes 04716659720669, 04716659729495, 04716659744597

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