Gaming on Stick PC (Intel Compute Stick v2)

Gaming on Stick PC (Intel Compute Stick v2)


This video is possible due to the funds donated
by people in Patreon, who together reached the 90$ milestone. Thank you. This is a full Windows 10 PC computer in a
stick and this… is the next generation of that computer. I have talked in the past about this device,
a stick capable of turning any monitor into a full computer. I have also shown its capabilities on the
gaming side of things, even being able to run games like Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2
with some tweaks and effort. However that compute stick, which had a lot
of weird issues with things like bluetooth, was replaced by a new shiny generation of
intel sticks, and many of you seemed quite interested in seeing how much things changed
on the newer ones and that… is what we are going to talk about today. Here is the thing tough, for this generation
of sticks there are a ton of variants with different OS compatibilities and specification
and they tend to have similar boxes and exteriors, often being externally separated by some really
small details. What I have right here is the STK1AW32SC a
Intel Atom x5-Z8300, intelHD device with 2 GB of ram. This is almost identical to the STK1A32SC
model except for the fact that this one I have is limited to 32 bit Windows because
it uses drivers that are not available for 64 bit… which is really weird. So, if you are looking to own one of these
make sure to look at the model number on the box and make sure that pesky W is not there. If you are looking for something with a little
more kick there are version of this stick out there using an m3 CPU, which is basically
a low power consumption i3 and there is even a stick with an m5, a low power consumption
i5, which is pretty impressive but also pretty damn pricey in comparison with the other sticks. So, back to what my budget actually allowed,
this one that I have here is still pretty neat. It is slightly bigger than the original but
now has 2 full USB ports, one of them being USB 3.0 and the bluetooth and wifi actually
work okay, unlike the frustrating bluetooth of the original but… how is it going to
do as a gaming machine? The x5-z8300 is a newer atom than the Z3735F
in the original compute stick so it should be better but still under X7 Z8700 in the
GPD Win. The first thing I decided to try was Portal
2 on all the lowest settings, where this PC averaged around 20, and with some very dramatic
graphical reduction it hits closer to 30 which are numbers comparable with the
first stick and not that much of the difference I expected. I was curious to see if this thing would do
better on something a bit more modern so I decided to start Rocket League. A game
that was unusable on the old stick. On this one, on all the lowest settings, just
the training mode could barely break 18 FPS which is a bit discouraging. However, with some creative tweaking taken
from my last Rocket League on GPD Win and internal resolution of 30% percent I was surprisingly
able to get some very blurry but usable performance in practice mode, so I decided to be brave
an try to play a 2 vs 2 online match on these settings and… it did quite well as you can
see. I mean, my skill is still very much bad but
at least the performance is manageable with some effort. And that made me curious regarding another
game that I had not touched in a while, Borderlands 2 This shooter uses the same engine as Rocket
League but it is also much more flexible to modification so I wondered how it would do A question that I was unable to initially
answer because the game would simply get stuck in a loading screen. I decided to explore further tough, and the
process that I used to reduce the graphics to some rather extreme levels is better explained
in a separate Borderlands 2 video that should go out with this one. To my immense surprise the game actually started
with these changes and while glitchy, blurry and completely textureless it managed to pull
an impressive 30 fps even while combat, which is way more than I expected to get out
of this. And to finish, a failed experiment… CSGO. As I have mentioned many times in the past
CSGO is not particularly a very tweakeable game, but it does serve as useful benchmark
to measure the performance of a computer. And on this case, all settings to the lowest
and 800×600 it barely managed to break 17 FPS average, if you apply the custom autoexec
settings from my CSGO on IntelHD video it gets… a bit over one more average frame
per second. So yeah, no that good. Still, it is interesting to see just how this
technology continues to evolve, I am curious to see how the m3 or m5 version would perform
compared to, say, a cheap laptop but those prices are likely to keep me away for a while. For now, I will add this device to my list
of platforms for experimentation for future videos. Thank you if you donated so I could buy this
device. See you in the next video.

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