MINIX NGC-1 Intel Braswell-Based Silent, SFF Mini PC Review

MINIX NGC-1 Streaming And Power

The MINIX NGC-1 is also a good candidate for thin-client applications, or for remote controlling other systems, or even streaming games from another PC using Steam In-Home Streaming.

TeamViewer 11 Running On The MINIX NGC-1 @ 4K

Based on our experience with the Compute Stick we weren't expecting any issues, but we can report that the MINIX NGC-1 worked perfectly using Windows' built-in Remote Desktop tool and other remote support tools like TeamViewer. Accessing a higher-end system remotely from the MINIX NGC-1 shouldn't be a problem at all.  In this scenario, the MINIX NGC-1 is connected to a 4K display and remotely connected to another PC, which is connected to a much lower resolution display -- hence the full resolution / desktop in a relatively small window.

We also tested the MINIX NGC-1 with Steam’s in-home streaming with good results. At resolutions up to 1080P, the MINIX NGC-1 had no trouble streaming games to an HDTV, while it was roughly 15-feet away from a Netgear Nighthawk X6 router, connected wirelessly via 802.11ac.  The MINIX NGC-1 may not have the juice to natively run today's latest games, but it can stream them from a more-powerful via via Steam's in-home streaming.

minix power

We also have some power consumption numbers to share. We monitored power consumption in a variety of scenarios and saw the MINIX NGC-1 use between 6 and 11 watts of power.

Normally at this stage of a review we'd also talk about noise, but the MINIX NGC-1 has no moving parts and is completely silent, which is another huge plus for those looking for a quiet HTPC or media streamer.

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