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Post by Dan @ 08:03am 05/10/13 | 11 Comments
A week after wrapping up a trio of interesting announcements, Valve has begun to elaborate on its plans to help direct the PC hardware market, describing the system specifications of the first so-called Steam Machines prototypes is has promised to give away to 300 Steam Community users for beta testing.
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
The studio notes that they are all off the shelf parts that any PC enthusiast could already assemble, however the chasis will be a custom design, which Valve also promises it will be sharing the CAD files for others to replicate or modify. Photos of the case design haven't yet been revealed, as they're reportedly "not finished enough" to show.

A detailed blog post goes on to elaborate more on the philosophy driving Valve's decision to serve up some hardware of its own, which is all about attempting to gently make PC gaming in the living room more comfortable and accessible.

For existing gaming PC owners, Valve hopes that Steam's planned in-home streaming technology will be an affordable way forward.

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Latest Comments
Posted 08:23am 05/10/13
Can you add up the price for that. If my brain is working right. Theres no guarantee of that. The piston wasnt far off the mark then.
So its more or less the price of a home pc then, just smaller.
No wonder they only want to do the controller
Posted 09:12am 05/10/13
Woot. They went for nvidia! Now let's hope we see some PhysX in source2 engine.
Posted 09:20am 05/10/13
Mid, it would probably be around a $1,300 if the Titan and i7-4770 were included, maybe a bit more. I believe US Titan prices are under $1,000. Also that PSU is really low, can that even work for a Titan?
Posted 09:31am 05/10/13
That depends Eorl on the PSU's true specifications. It certainly doesn't leave much room for anything else. It could run a Titan, with CPU, HDD and fans. No room for extra's at all.
Posted 09:34am 05/10/13
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold

lol thats got to be wrong. A Titan needs a minimum of 600w PSU.
Posted 09:38am 05/10/13
lol thats got to be wrong. A Titan needs a minimum of 600w PSU.

Gaben magic.

Posted 09:53am 05/10/13
Pimp my pc. All that needs is XtotheB, Xzibitzz
You can blow steam up your steam, while you stream steam.
So i under valued the $ a bit then, So its a laptop without a screen and keyboard. Just a beefed up gpu?
The numbers dont quite add up.
Posted 12:38pm 05/10/13
lol thats got to be wrong. A Titan needs a minimum of 600w PSU.

The 2 x 8pin power sockets on the Titan are rated at 300 watts. They say 600 watts so you have enough for everything else. It simply cannot draw any more power than 300 watts unless you go with custom VRM PCB.

Even then, 450 watts is really pushing it. Can be done though as the 4770 was somewhere around 85 watts. This leaves 65 watts for HDD (5 watts), Optical drive(10 watts), and mobo (typically ~25 watts).
Posted 10:33pm 05/10/13
I hope they don't charge extra for the box just because they built it. It better be on par or cheaper (yay purchasing power) than it would cost joeblow buying it from his local store.

Would it be a dream to think Gaben might subsidise some of the costs of the steambox just to gain market share?
Posted 10:40pm 05/10/13
I don't see this being under 800 bucks. I don't see how they will compete with the console market
Posted 12:10am 06/10/13
These are just their beta mock ups to test their software, they are not commercial examples of what the end product might be so basing any price from the listed components is irrelevant at this stage.

Seems ominous that they have no AMD there, I'm guessing it'd be a lack of driver support on AMD's behalf which will result in a lack of options for consumers. Since Valve aren't making the machines themselves but are expecting 3rd party's to, then I'd be surprised if they wouldn't want AMD to have working drivers for their OS so hopefully things change.
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