In Win Chopin cheap portable theater gamey box


Sep 5, 2020
A 'Steam link' app will probably be less of a miserable failure than their dedicated hardware was. Picked one up when they were giving them away for $5 + shipping, used it... once. It's just too slow, even on a local wired connection.


Jun 11, 2019
Cute case. I wondered how well Pop / Ubuntu handles games... are there even AMD drivers for it? 150w PSU really limits you to APUs. Well, that and you would have to find a LP GPU and those are like white rhinos when it's not GPU-ageddon days. 1050ti or maybe 1650ti LP if you could even find one. 1080p med settings at best. Scratch that, looking at that little Chopin case I don't see how you could even get a LP card in there unless you removed the PSU.

I have a love/hate relationship with tiny little HTPC systems. I have gone through so many...

I supposed if you can put Chrome on it you could run Stadia too. But to be fair, if that and media playback was only goal you could just get Chromecast ultra and Stadia controller for like $50.

I wonder if there is a steam link equivalent for Pop/Ubuntu?

edit - google says YES to linux steam link app
It is a Corsair Bulldog. Back when Steam OS and Steam boxes were trying to kick into the gaming populous, Corsair came out with these. This particular case I inherited from a family member. I don't think Microcenter ever carried it, but Newegg did I believe.

It was a bare bones deal I guess and they never did find a decent cpu and ram for it, so I swapped them out for some junk I had for the case. It came with a itx mobo and 600w Corsair power supply to. I sold the mobo. It was too much to find a CPU for the Z270 board. Especially when at the time I was looking 9000 series Intels were the rage with the next generation on the horizon. $300+ for a 7700K? No.

The case has been sitting in storage mostly, and I too don't really care for the glossy front, but, for an out of town traveling game box, it suits.

You are right about the Chopin case not accepting a video card. I have seen a few solutions for stuffing a narrow gpu in there, but that's more trouble than I want to do. Really, I liked the size of the Chopin and would have preferred it for traveling, but, It struggled with some of the games I liked to play.

Pop OS, Ubuntu, Manjaro work very well with Steam. I have about 476 titles in my Steam account. 2/3's of that work in Linux. In fact, I'm thinking about Cyberpunk 2077 if I can round up a better gpu than the RX 480 and swap out the 2400G for either a 3700x or 5600X.

Yes AMD has drivers should they be needed, but open source drivers are already installed by default. They are integrated in Mesa and the newer Linux Kernels.

What I have bandied around lately, unless someone was serious about acquiring the Chopin case, was to go with an Intel setup this time and find a Mitx board with thunderbolt 4..... Try a little egpu action. I think I know where to score a bare Egpu case for cheap.
When all the miners die horrible excruciating deaths and of syphilis, this route may be considered a bit more.

That's tinkerer's dreams tho.
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