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Thank you very much for this info. Thank god I did not purchase the Shield in the beginning of the month like I was hopping because I was getting the 16GB version as all my media is on my NAS. NVIDIA really needs to fix there FAQ's ASAP. https://shield.nvidia.com/support/nvidia-android-tv/faq/1#plex

 

Maybe that's y so many seem to be complaining that Plex does not work. Nice catch thanks for the heads up, Its a shame I have to order the Pro version when all my media is on my NAS but I guess it is what it is. I am still planing on trying one out to see how much better it is then using Windows 10.

 

It's not better than WIndows 10 - in any way, shape or form.

 

I'd prefer a Windows NUC for my Plex client too to be honest. Having run it on a HTPC previously, there is no comparison - WIndows 10 wins out every time if you have an AV receiver and want to passthrough audio.

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Look at the TS-451+ from QNAP.  I have the previous TS451 and love.  I have 5.5T of movies on it and is the repository for my plex server.  It will handle your time machine needs as well.     https

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It's not better than WIndows 10 - in any way, shape or form.

 

I'd prefer a Windows NUC for my Plex client too to be honest. Having run it on a HTPC previously, there is no comparison - WIndows 10 wins out every time if you have an AV receiver and want to passthrough audio.

Thanks for your input and thoughts. To my understanding based on the FAQ's the shield does support audio passthrough, That said I did read there maybe a problem with Kodi and I don't know if Plex has the same problem that is work in progress for a fix.

https://shield.nvidia.com/support/nvidia-android-tv/faq/1#plex

 

"SHIELD supports 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI. It also supports high-res audio playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz over HDMI and USB and high-res audio upsample to 24-bit/192 hHz over USB. On SHIELD controller, the 3.5 mm headphone jack supports a mic and stereo headphone combo."

 

I do understand a device like this is going to have some limitations but if ease of frustration free use out ways the limitations then I am on-board. For you and I a Windows 10 PC would work I am sure but I am looking for a device that I can deploy in family members houses so I don't get the phone calls every time something happens with Windows caused by some update or any other number of things that can break Windows.

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There's all sorts of issues with frame rate switching, and True HD is not supported (at least not using Plex)

 

It just doesn't run as well or without issues as a Windows client does.

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Currently my server is using an i5-2500K

I stream my BD rips 

Never more than 2

I do direct play when able

All my transcoding is from BD as I don't want to store multiple copies of movies.

Nice CPU, It has a passmark score of 6447 so on paper you would have no problem streaming 3 BD rips with real-time trans-coding. I don't see us doing that with the Shield however they do claim we can stream 2-3 movies of different types acording to the FAQs and the response I got back from support.

 

FAQ's https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/221099648

 

How many streams can the server support?

The real-world performance of the device can vary greatly depending on the particular properties of the media you're playing (bitrate, resolution, etc.), how many items are streaming at the same time, and how many of those streams require transcoding.

In most cases, the NVIDIA SHIELD will be able to support 2-3 simultaneous transcodes.

 

Response I got back from support-

 

"Thank you for your patience.

 
You can watch Plex + Transcode 1 Video + Direct Stream another one.
Also note that the experience will vary based on the network and bitrate of the content.
 
Best Regards,
Subhanshu, 
NVIDIA Customer Care"
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Is there a NUC that has an equivalent CPU as my i5-2500k?

Not really, It was a lot of work but what I found to be the closist was a 5th gen Intel NUC with a duel Core i7 http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-nuc5i7ryh.html

It has a CPU benchmark of 4918 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-5557U+%40+3.10GHz

Amazon At a whopping 449.00 without RAM or hard drive https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC5i7RYH-Barebone-System-BOXNUC5I7RYH/dp/B00WAS1FX6/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

 

I do believe the 5th gen NUC I posted above will still be close in performance and still give you 3 streams of video with real-time trans-coding its at a cost of 449.00 plus memory and hard drive. Unless you have money to burn and or you don't want to build a system or invest time into finding parts then by all means purchase the 5th gen NUC above, But if you don't mind building a system and wan't to save a few hundred dollars I would suggest you keep your CPU and try and find a Mini ITX motherboard such as any of these for 100.00 or less http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?N=100007627%20600093976&IsNodeId=1&Submit=ENE

And get a small form factor case such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129185

Add a Samsung 840/850 Pro SSD/8GB of memory and you will have a great performing Plex media server.

 

Your CPU is a quad core and Plex media server loves cores and will use all of them to give you the best experience so you already have a great CPU so I would try and use it and save a few hundred dollars, Up to you.

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There's all sorts of issues with frame rate switching, and True HD is not supported (at least not using Plex)

 

It just doesn't run as well or without issues as a Windows client does.

Thanks for the info, Have you tested Plex media server on the Shield yet yourself? I am one that does not believe in everything I read so I am a hands on type of person and like to test myself ^_^ Plex themselves seem to endorse the Shield as the perfect Plex media server and that has to have merit, Its not everyday that Plex themselves put out statements like this for every device they support. I personally wish Plex would stop making there server available to run on anything under the sun as this creates major disappointment for users. Bottom line real-time trans-coding takes a powerful CPU even for a single BD rip movie stream then you factor in many households have multiple users wanting to stream there favorite movie to there tablet and all of a sudden everyone is in an up raw placing blame on the server, Plex or what ever when it all comes down to the power of these low cost devices that Plex advertises as supporting. 

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I use my Nvidia Shield as my Plex TV client. I've used a HTPC in the past as my Plex client. I also run Plex clients on iOS, Fire TV, and Xbox One.

 

My conclusion - Nvidia Shield TV is the best device with regards to running a Plex Client, but it can't hold a candle to a HTPC - if I could justify the cost, then I'd go back to a Windows 10 based HTPC again provided it was a NUC or similar (don't need any more big boxes next to the TV!)

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I use my Nvidia Shield as my Plex TV client. I've used a HTPC in the past as my Plex client. I also run Plex clients on iOS, Fire TV, and Xbox One.

 

My conclusion - Nvidia Shield TV is the best device with regards to running a Plex Client, but it can't hold a candle to a HTPC - if I could justify the cost, then I'd go back to a Windows 10 based HTPC again provided it was a NUC or similar (don't need any more big boxes next to the TV!)

 

I use my Nvidia Shield as my Plex TV client. I've used a HTPC in the past as my Plex client. I also run Plex clients on iOS, Fire TV, and Xbox One.

 

My conclusion - Nvidia Shield TV is the best device with regards to running a Plex Client, but it can't hold a candle to a HTPC - if I could justify the cost, then I'd go back to a Windows 10 based HTPC again provided it was a NUC or similar (don't need any more big boxes next to the TV!)

OK so the short answer to my question "Have you tested Plex media server on the Shield yet yourself?" is no, Correct? I am not trying to start a argument with you here and you are entitled to your thoughts as am I but I do believe the Shield has the power to provide the 2-3 streams that both Plex and NVIDIA has said even though there maybe bugs in the first firmware that supports Plex media server. The Shield could be an elegant solution for small family's needing to stream there movies from an all-in-one solution to 1-3 devices. It sounds like you are like me in your thought's, As soon as you ask me what do I think about hardware to use 4 a Plex media server and I need real-time trans-coding I would suggest nothing less then a Core i5 but the promise of the Shield though I have not tested it myself may change that. You can't judge without personal testing. I will be the judge of what the Shield can and can't do after I personally test it with Plex. As I said I take what I read with a grain of salt unless I really trust hew is testing and those people are slim at best. If you own the Shield Pro version and want to install Plex media server and test what it can and can't do and post your review then I would more likly respect what you have to offer other then that the advice is vaporware at best. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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Not really, It was a lot of work but what I found to be the closist was a 5th gen Intel NUC with a duel Core i7 http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-nuc5i7ryh.html

It has a CPU benchmark of 4918 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-5557U+%40+3.10GHz

Amazon At a whopping 449.00 without RAM or hard drive https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC5i7RYH-Barebone-System-BOXNUC5I7RYH/dp/B00WAS1FX6/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

 

I do believe the 5th gen NUC I posted above will still be close in performance and still give you 3 streams of video with real-time trans-coding its at a cost of 449.00 plus memory and hard drive. Unless you have money to burn and or you don't want to build a system or invest time into finding parts then by all means purchase the 5th gen NUC above, But if you don't mind building a system and wan't to save a few hundred dollars I would suggest you keep your CPU and try and find a Mini ITX motherboard such as any of these for 100.00 or less http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?N=100007627%20600093976&IsNodeId=1&Submit=ENE

And get a small form factor case such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129185

Add a Samsung 840/850 Pro SSD/8GB of memory and you will have a great performing Plex media server.

 

Your CPU is a quad core and Plex media server loves cores and will use all of them to give you the best experience so you already have a great CPU so I would try and use it and save a few hundred dollars, Up to you.

My wife said to me in passing... "why don't you figure out why the computer crashes instead of replacing a working PC"

 

Sad when she reads (yeah she reads what we all post) and says why buy stuff you don't need.

 

Fix the box or at least try.

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