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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:14

Valve releases hardware specs for Steam Machine prototype
 

The 300 Steam Machine prototypes that Valve will be sending to Steam users later this year will be high-end computers built from off-the-shelf PC parts, the company announced today.

 

Here's the list of hardware specifications for the prototype:

  • 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: 16 GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3 GB DDR5 (GPU)
  • Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
  • Power supply: Internal 450 W 80 Plus Gold
  • Dimensions: approx. 12 inches x 12.4 inches x 2.9 inches high

"We wanted to accomplish some specific design goals that in the past others weren't yet tackling. One of them was to combine high-end power with a living-room-friendly form factor. Another was to help us test living-room scenarios on a box that's as open as possible," said Valve's Greg Cooomer in a post on the Steam forums.

 

Coomer also pointed out that the various Steam Machines that third-party manufacturers will release in 2014 may differ, "in many cases substantially," from the components and form factor of the prototype.

 

"To be clear, this design is not meant to serve the needs of all of the tens of millions of Steam users," Coomer continued. "It may, however, be the kind of machine that a significant percentage of Steam users would actually want to purchase — those who want plenty of performance in a high-end living room package."

 

Valve isn't ready to share images of the prototype's case, since the design hasn't been completed yet. But according to Coomer, the company will soon provide some "closer looks" at the Steam Controller.

 

Source: Polygon




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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:19

If it comes with a Titan the price is going to be well over 1000$   I figured the Steam Machine would be around PS4/XB1 pricing.  



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:21

A 450W PSU?  Are they insane?



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:23

A 450W PSU?  Are they insane?

But it's Gold rated  :laugh: That's the first thing I was shocked at, 450w PSU



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:27

A 450W PSU?  Are they insane?

 

My 500 watt PSU works fine with my i5 2500k @ 4Ghz and a GTX 770!



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:27

A 450W PSU?  Are they insane?

 

 

I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:33

I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing.

Well they aren't following the recommended PSU for any of them except for the 660.

Underpowering a PC is very very bad and they won't be even close with the Titan and 780 systems.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:34

Well they aren't following the recommended PSU for any of them except for the 660.

Underpowering a PC is very very bad and they won't be even close with the Titan and 780 systems.

 

Yeah but my GTX 770 works fine on a 500 watt PSU.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:34

My 500 watt PSU works fine with my i5 2500k @ 4Ghz and a GTX 770!

The recommended for that card is a 550W, so since you're heavily taxing the PSU, you're severely reducing it's life.

It'll work, but it definitely won't last very long, especially if you game a lot.  You'll start to hear a buzzing sound, which are the capacitors and transistors getting hammered.

 

These Steam Boxes are dedicated gaming machines, so the absolute most amateur thing they can do is under-size the PSU.  Those things will have laughable reliability.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:41

these are prototypes not meant for a long life.

 

 

i am sure the final machines will have appropriate PSU



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:42

now we just have to hope that someone on Neowin gets one of the 300 demo units :p



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:47

these are prototypes not meant for a long life.

 

 

i am sure the final machines will have appropriate PSU

There's a good possibility that a 450W PSU would immediately burn up with the Titan maxed out.

 

There has to be a mistake with that detail.  There's no way they would load these up with expensive components and then cheap out on one of the most vital components.  The 660 one probably has the recommended 450W, and the other ones probably also have the recommended spec'd.

 

As a gaming company, there's no way they'd do something as stupid as spec with a highly under-powered PSU.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:48

So it's going to be a PC, in a custom case (premium price likely because of that), with standard PC components (gaming level) running a non-standard OS dumbed down version of a full OS (nix) and the price is probably going to be just as expensive as a standard gaming PC, at least from the looks of the specs. So why buy it? There's no compelling reason. Unless this thing comes in at the price of a Xbox One or PS4, I can't see anyone spending at or above $600 for it, considering the other options at below that price level, and anyone wanting to build a gaming PC will do just that.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:52

running a non-standard OS dumbed down version of a full OS (nix) 

 

Given that nobody's seen SteamOS yet I am interested to know what evidence you're basing that assumption on.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:55

Perhaps Valve will have the rule of economies working on its behalf? 

 

If they can source the parts in great enough quantity, we could really see a great price for the specs they are proposing.