roxii

Zwift setup; whats the best tech.

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Ok so the garage is almost ready for me to start using and I was going to get my bike set up for Zwift.

I dont have a kickr (yet) so its a fluid trainer and a power tap hub.

I lost all our old/ spare laptops and tablets in the "great tornado of 2015" so I will need to buy something new to run zwift so I canb have a dedicated setup so Ideally after the cheapest laptop I can get that will adequately run Zwift, anyone know what will do the job??  

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I don't know what is the least that will work.  But my MacBookPro that had a cup of tea spilt all through it is doing just fine.  I guess one day it will fry itself, then I'll be asking the same question. 

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Doesn't the Lama "recommend" a gaming PC? Not sure that is going to be cheap.

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Here are the current minimum requirements in order to run Zwift:

  • OS: Windows 7 x64 bit, OSX 10.8
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Graphics: 1GB dedicated GPU, or embedded Intel HD 4000/AMD R5 
  • Hard Drive: 4GB of free space

 

http://zwift.com/get-started#zwift

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I run it on a cheap laptop. Not great graphics and it struggles when there are a lot of riders on screen. I think the graphics card is the main consideration.

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I've got a laptop here you can have Roxii... Can be a dedicated Zwift machine.

It's one of the laptops leftover from the days gone by when I was doing that whole IT gig.

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Just now, willie said:

I've got a laptop here you can have Roxii... Can be a dedicated Zwift machine.

It's one of the laptops leftover from the days gone by when I was doing that whole IT gig.

Sweet mate thanks. 

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2 minutes ago, Gundy said:

You can run it on an iPad now as well.

 

Yeah but because I dont have a bluetooth enabled power meter/ trainer Id have to get a 4iiii strap and use that to bridge from ANT to Bluetooth and I also think my ipad is too old to be compatible so Id also need another Ipad.  :mellow:

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Fair enough. 

I know lots will say dumb trainer and power meter is all you need but I think a smart trainer is what takes it from gimmicky to awesome.

With dumb trainer and powermeter I think I would use Sufferfest app over Zwift.

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21 minutes ago, roxii said:

Sweet mate thanks. 

I will include the ANT+ dongle if you don't have one as well... I don't have any use for it anymore. 

 

Will work out a time to catch up with you soon. Maybe the fatties can have a run and a beer? 

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Currently Zwift feeding a kickr runs off a dedicated pc in my house.

Runs both Zwift and Sufferfest App at the same time (2x Ant+ sticks)

16gig of ram and an AMD A8-3800 or some such cpu+apu

 

Does the job. (not bad for ~300 in computer hardware) - but if I was buying the whole thing now, I would still custom build the computer (basic is fine) - but I would be looking at the TACX Neo, not the KICKR (Cobbles feedback in zwift :D)

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Apple TV app coming soon for Zwift. 

If that works well it will be the easiest setup ever, provided you have Bluetooth. 

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