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A Tear Down of the New Steam Machine

12/28/13

Permalink 02:08:46 pm, by Computer Care, 376 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: PC and Computers

A Tear Down of the New Steam Machine

Link: http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Steam+Machine+Teardown/20473

  

Steam Machine Gaming PC
For you PC Gamers out there, here it is, a tear down of the new Steam Machine.
The Steam OS gamer PC.
If like me, you have enjoyed the Steam based games, I am addicted to HalfLife, this should be a good read.

Valve has released 300 beta test units out to the community, iFixit has acquired one of these gaming computers to do a tear down and assessment of the computer.

Follow up:




At a glance the Steam Machine gaming computer runs off the shelf parts and scores very high for repairability. SATA hard drive, ram, motherboard, video card and power supply are easily obtainable from 3 party sources and do not require the typical, “send back to the factory” type service for computer repair and dead parts replacement.

One thing lots of people are commenting on is the controller, they note the lack of joysticks, Valve went with two touch pads and no sticks, for some gamers this could take some getting used to. For PC Gamers this could get interesting, no mouse or keyboard required.

So here are the nuts and bolts basics;
SteamOS with Steam Desktop to access Steam Online services.
(also there is access to a linux desktop)

1 TB Seagate ST1000LM014 laptop SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive). It's a 2.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s, 5400 RPM SSHD with a 64 MB DRAM cache and 8 GB MLC NAND Flash.
With slot for second, storage hard drive

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780 3 GB GDDR5 graphics card.

Off-the-shelf Mini-ITX motherboard.

3.2 GHz (with a Max Turbo Frequency of 3.6 GHz) Intel Core i5-4570.

Two sticks of Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 GB DDR3 (PC3 12800) RAM. At 16 GB total, it's the maximum this motherboard will support.

SilverStone SST-ST45SF-G 450W SFX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

I have to stand up and cheer for Valve, the Steam Machine is off the charts in my book for using readily available parts in it’s new gaming computer.

I recommend heading over to the ifixit website to read the entire tear down, they take it bit by bit and also go inside the new controllers.

Happy Gaming.
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