Whats in the box

The Steam Machine looks pretty cool, I’ve got to say. I may be the only one of the lazygamer crew that wants one, but I will say it loud and proud. Except now, Valve has said what’s going to be inside the prototype, and I’m a bit less than impressed.

According to a statement, the 300 prototypes will have various specs. In essence, some machines will be more equal than others.

The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components:

  • GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
  • CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
  • Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
  • Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
  • Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

In the statement, Valve stresses the fact that the machines are fully upgradable, allowing users to swap out any parts as they see fit. Some may opt for a Steam Machine that is focused on high performance, while others are looking for something low cost, small or quiet. I understand that, however I’m not entirely impressed with the range of Steam Machine. The top of the range will definitely be fantastic – but the bottom of the range will be pretty bad. As I learned in technology a long time ago, it’s generally the best idea to go for top of the range – even the best machine will be obsolete in a few years, you might as well give it a chance at more longevity.

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What do you think? Are you still excited about the Steam Machine, or has this soured the appeal?

Last Updated: October 7, 2013

was reviewed on PC

Zoe Hawkins

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