How to Check CPU Throttling in Windows 10

Recent processors all have the ability to adjust the operating frequency to either decrease power consumption, or make sure the processor does not overheat. That’s why for example Intel processor have a maximum junction temperature (Tj max) so that if this temperature is reached the processor can slow down to cool things off, and avoid damaging itself. That also explains why computers with the same processor, storage and memory may have greatly different performance under load depending on their thermal design. I’m currently testing a fanless mini PC with an Intel Celeron N3150 Braswell processor, and yesterday I noticed the frequency would be stuck at 0.22 GHZ (yes, that’s 220 MHz) at all times, even when starting the web browser and loading long web pages. It was very slow, and I had a a few “windows not responding” in the process. I checked the metal box temperature with an IR thermometer and got 46 C, which did not seem that …

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AAEON BOXER-6404 Bay Trail Embedded Computer Comes with 4 GbE Ports, 2 HDMI Outputs

AAEON has recently launched BOXER-6404 embedded box PC suitable to industrial application, powered by Intel Celeron J1900 “Bay Trail-D” or Celeron N2807 “Bay Trail-M” processor, with up to 8GB RAM, a CFast slot, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and to HDMI outputs. BOXER-6404 mini PC specifications: SoC Intel Celeron J1900 quad core processor @ 2.0 /  2.42 GHz with Intel HD graphics (10W TDP) OR Intel Celeron N2807 dual core processor @ 1.58 / 2.16 GHz with Intel HD graphics (5W TDP) System Memory – 1x 204-pin DDR3L SODIMM slot for up to 4GB RAM with N2807), and up to 8GB RAM with J1900 Storage – CFast Slot Video and Audio Output – 1x or 2x HDMI ports Connectivity –  2x or 4x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port Serial – 1x RS232 DB9 port Expansion – 1x mini card with USB interface only Misc – Power button Power — 12V DC via …

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Unboxing of MINIX NGC-1 Windows 10 Edition mini PC

This morning I’ve received MINIX NGC-1 Intel Braswell fanless mini PC, so I’ve taken a few pictures of the device and its accessories, before starting testing the performance and reliability of this low power computer. Contrary to the black, gray and green packages I’ve come across for their Android TV box, MINIX has gone blue with their latest Intel mini PC’s package. The product announcements mentioned both Windows 10 and Ubuntu support,  and I’ve received the Windows 10 Edition, which hopefully means there will also be a Ubuntu edition. Beside the mini PC, the package includes two external WiFi antenna, an HDMI cable, a 12V/3A power supply and corresponding power cord, as well as a multi-language setup guide, and MINIX product brochure. The power supply should work anywhere in the world as it takes 100-240V/1A input @ 50 or 60 Hz. NGC-1 is very similar to the one used for MINIX Android TV boxes, except the company replaced the usual …

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NayuOS is a Developer Friendly Chromium OS Fork without Google Services

People at Nexedi, an European based open-source software publisher, are doing a lot of development work on Chromebooks, but with Chrome OS, all your data is kept on Google servers when you login, and by default the OS basically runs Chrome browser with barely any development tools. So the company leveraged Chromium OS, the open source version of Chrome OS, to create their own operating system, called NayuOS, that does not run any proprietary software, does without Google servers, and comes with git, nmp and other developer tools by default. The operating system should also provide a better Chromebook experience in China, thanks to the company’s re6stnet app and GrandeNet system allowing to have IPv6 available even when ISPs only provide IPv4, and to work around the unreliable Internet infrastructure in China. The source code and instructions to build an image yourself are available, but the company also released binary images for several Chromebooks including Dell Chromebook 13, Acer C720 …

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MINIX NGC-1 Braswell Mini PC Runs Windows 10 or Ubuntu

MINIX showcased some unnamed Braswell mini PCs at IFA 2015 last September, but since then the company has been pretty quiet about their new Intel based mini PCs. The good news is that MINIX NGC-1 will be launched in about two weeks with an Intel Celeron N3150 quad core “Braswell” processor coupled with 4GB RAM, and 128GB M.2 SSD, and beside running Windows 10 64-bit, it will also support Ubuntu. MINIX NGC-1 specifications: SoC – Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor @ 1.6 GHz / 2.08 GHz (Turbo) with 2MB L2 cache, and Intel HD graphics with 12EU (4W SDP / 6W TDP) System Memory – 4GB DDR3L Storage – 128 M.2 SSD Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 Hz, and mini DisplayPort Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm stereo jack (microphone + headphone), and optical S/PDIF Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 with two external antennas USB – 3x USB 3.0 host ports on …

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Remix OS 2.0 for PC Will Run on Most Intel and AMD Computers

Remix OS is a fork of Android developed by Jide and optimized for desktop use, in a similar way to what Rockchip is doing with Light Biz OS, except the developers do not limit themselves to one specific SoC vendor with the operating system found in Remix Mini (Allwinner A64), and Remix Ultra-tablet (Nvidia Tegra 4), as well as several firmware images for popular Android devices such as Nexus 9 & 10. Now the company is planning to release Remix OS 2.0 for Intel and AMD based computer including PCs and Macs. How do they achieved that? Technically same way as Console OS by forking Android-x86 project, except they did it with less contention, and instead Jide partnered with Android-x86 developers. Remix OS for PCs alpha is a version of Remix OS 2.0 based on Android 5.0 with the taskbar, multiple windows, better memory management (it will try not to kill your Word file open in the background…), etc. The …

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Is Console OS just a Scam Based on a Fork of Android-x86 with Little Modifications?

Console OS is supposed to be a version of Android Lollipop running on various Intel platforms, and optimized for desktop use with new features like DVR support for digital TV tuners, a desktop friendly file manager, and so on. The project launched on Kickstarter and was successful enough to raise $78,497 from 5,695 backers. But according to Chih-Wei Huang, Android-x86 project leader, and Console OS users, the Console OS developer simply forked Console OS, with some minor modifications like changing the project name, and under-delivering on the promised features. The first part is fine, as that’s the beauty of open source code, you can fork somebody else work, and add your own improvement, and long as you keep the license and credits, that’s what open source is all about. Now the project raised funds specifically for development, and as promised the source code is available on github. Here what has been allegedly changed against Android-x86: Android-x86 renamed to ConsoleOS Some Makefile …

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Axiomtek MANO300 Industrial mini-ITX Board Features Intel Celeron N3150 Processor, Plenty of Interfaces

Axiomtek MANO300 is an industrial grade fanless mini-ITX motherboard powered by an Intel Celerron N3150 “Braswell” quad core processor with two SO-DIMM slots, two SATA interfaces, dual Gigabit Ethernet, several serial interfaces and more, targeting automation and embedded industries. MANO300 board specifications: SoC – Intel Celeron N3150 quad core Braswell processor @ up to 2.08 GHz with Intel HD Gen8 Graphics System Memory – 2x 204-pin SO-DIMM dual channel DDR3L-1333 up 8 GB Storage – 1 x SATA-600, 1x mSATA, SDXC card slot Display – 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x LVDS (Up to 3 independent displays supported) Connectivity – 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps (Realtek RTL8111F) Serial 2x RS-232/422/485 (DB9) 4x RS-232 (one with 5V/12V power select) via connectors USB – 4x USB 3.0 host ports, 2x USB 2.0 (internal) Audio – Mic-in/Line-out Expansion – 1x PCIe x1, 1x PCI Express Mini Card with SIM card slot, 8x digital I/Os Misc – 1x PS/2 combo for keyboard and mouse,  3V/220 mAH Lithium …

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