I’m having thoughts to update my current Zwift set-up as I’m experiencing Bluetooth disconnections mid ride without the ability of regaining the connection.
I’ve used zwiftanalizer to check my log files, I clear cache before every ride, I have no other bluetooth connection in the rooms nearby. So I believe my current set-up (Lenovo Yoga Tab13) is not up for the task. It’s the last addition to the set-up and since then I’m starting to lose the connection.
My trainer is a tacx neo 2
The new set-up I’m looking at is the:
Intel NUC - Mini PC | Intel Pentium J5005 | 8 GB DDR4 | 128 GB SSD.
Is there anybody running Zwift with the Intel Nuc above or similar set-up and would you recommend this?
The details of the NUC are below:
Processor: Intel Pentium J5005 – 1.5 GHz
Number of cores: 4
Memory: 8 GB - DDR4 - 2400 MHz
Capacity: 128 GB SSD
Onboard video card: Intel UHD Graphics 600
Video card connection: 2x HDMI
Network: Wireless AC + Bluetooth 5.0
Operating system version: Windows 11 Pro
Your Snapdragon 870 is relatively powerful within its segment (i.e. for a tablet), but still nowhere near the kind of brute strength processing power required to cope with something like Zwift at anything beyond the absolute basic of graphics at a lowish frame rate. Whether this actually bothers you is a different question; it seems like you’re more concerned with the Bluetooth dropouts. That could be happening for any number of reasons, and whilst it would be easy to say just buy an Apple TV instead of the NUC - assuming the lower end graphics are fine for you - Apple TV is also Bluetooth only and may not be any better.
As a starting point, try pairing your devices using the Companion app as a bridge instead of direct to your Yoga. That will at least allow you to try and establish whether the tablet is actually the issue, or your wireless environment.
Bluetooth interference can come from a variety of sources in your environment, not just other Bluetooth devices. Such as 2.4GHz WiFi, cordless phones, baby monitors, fans and motors, etc. If you’re using 2.4GHz WiFi, switching to 5GHz or changing the WiFi channel on your access point might help.
I use a Asrock desk mini x300. I have an amd 4650g and it’s very capable machine. It can easily run 4k 30fps or better. I actually run at 1080 60fps on my old 1080 71” sharp. It can also stream at that resolution at the same time. They cost around $700 to assemble and will be the most power in a mini computer like a nuck. If you have the space I would build/buy a small a tower system with a 16xx dedicated graphics for $1000 or so.
This is a pic of my desk mini for size. They are smaller in stock configuration as I installed a 3900x cooler on mine which makes it much bigger. It’s the little cube in the lower left corner with the ugly rgb fan. The thing to realize is even a gtx 1050 will have more power than the graphics in the apu in the 4650g. That’s why I recommend a cheap small tower with dedicated graphics.
I use a HP EliteDesk 800 G2 mini PC with 6th gen i5 and internal graphics.
I don’t care about 4k graphics or ultra profile or great FPS, all I want is something that i can boot up and run the game with minimal fuss.
I probably get 30 FPS on basic profile but that is all i really need i’m far more concerned with how quick the gradient changes, games crashes and other issues like that and i get basically zero problems with it on that front.
edit - i also paid about £50 on ebay for it and another £20 on an SSD and it was good to go.
Absolutely, there are options for everyone at varying costs depending on their wants and needs. People see figures like $1,000 bandied about and think it’s ridiculous to contemplate spend that much on Zwift, and that’s because it is. You don’t need to spend anywhere near that much even to max out the game in all circumstances, let alone get a reliable, useable experience.
Something like this is $819 and will do 4K60 in all but the stupidest places on the game. Still far too expensive for what is it; self-building saves at least $250 - more if you’re happy with a few used bits. I’m not saying anyone should buy this btw.
I did use an Intel NUC and stopped soon after. I currently use a MFF Dell Optiplex. It’s great and only slightly larger but has a much better processor. Even go for SFF if you want to upgrade the graphics.
Also, an i5 9th gen (perfectly suitable for HD performance) is only about £300 now.