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Origin PC Chronos Steam Machines Target the High-end

By , photos by Alex Davies - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Origin names its Steam Machines Chronos and give it the power of Titans.

Origin PC is pulling out all the stops for its Steam Machine, applying all the same sort of design philosophies it has to its boutique PCs. Interestingly, the box on display at the Valve event were different that the ones Origin showed us earlier. Given that these things aren't shipping until later this year, there's still plenty of time for design changes.

  • Price TBD (configurable)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9 - 4.6 GHz)
  • RAM: Up to 32GB 2133 MHz
  • Graphics: 2 x 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX TITANs
  • Storage: Up to 14TB w/ 4 hot swap drives

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    houldendub , January 10, 2014 7:31 AM
    As someone mentioned in another Steam Machine thread, why the hell are they putting Titans in these??? Makes absolutely zero sense for a gaming machine to have weaker, yet more expensive graphics cards.1. Put in 780 Tis2. Lower the price accordingly3. ??????4. Profit
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    copy_run_start , January 10, 2014 7:32 AM
    Titans? Not 780 Ti's?
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    Kelthar , January 10, 2014 7:33 AM
    Let's be honest here: the only people likely to buy this are people that have so much money on their hands that the time taken to assemble a computer as good (or better) would be more valuable than the machine itself. You could probably even hire a company to assemble a computer, with the same or superior specs, and it'd probably end up being cheaper (where I live, the good companies charge 5-10% of the component price as their fee for building it).But I'm just speculating since no price was made public. Will they prove me wrong? I doubt it.
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    bucknutty , January 10, 2014 7:57 AM
    Why bother with a titan, when all you can play is the source games. I guess we need to play CSTGO, or TF2 at 800 FPS.
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    Praise_Gaben , January 10, 2014 8:05 AM
    And another overpriced overkill steam machine.
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    doomtomb , January 10, 2014 8:27 AM
    That's a really dumb business model, charging a percentage of the component prices. Its still the same process for plugging a Titan into a PCIe slot as a 760.
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    BulkZerker , January 10, 2014 8:30 AM
    Annnd its not a steam machine. Its "sff" (and I'm using the term very loosely) gamer specced out video editing box. Think I'm wrong? Why else does it hold 4+ HDDs? Why else does it have room for a pair of dual slot cards? I thought steam boxes were supposed to be console size or smaller. And 1200 USD at the high end.
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    nolarrow , January 10, 2014 9:56 AM
    lol, I get 120 fps in dota, 999999999 fps in cs source, and something high in cs:go all with my i5-3570k stock and my trusty old faithful gtx 570. Why on earth do you need this much tech to run source exclusives? If you want to dual boot windows for bf4 or crysis 3 then cool, but then its not really a steam machine. I think they're jumping the gun. Also, why titan over 780ti? They trying to crunch seti #s or something. So lost....
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    sublime2k , January 10, 2014 10:14 AM
    Congratulations to Origin PC on completely missing the point of Steam machines and making a high end PC for people with more money than sense (why else would they go with dual TITAN instead of 780 Ti).
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    Innocent_Bystander , January 10, 2014 3:01 PM
    At first I had a lot of hope for Steam Machines but the spec disparity between them is really getting out of hand... Basically now everything from integrated graphics to the ultra high end can be a certified Steam Machine. If it can run SteamOS, it gets a stamp. I expected a lot more control than that. IB
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    oxxfatelostxxo , January 11, 2014 3:56 AM
    anyone else find it humorous that a company going by Origin (EA's name for their game buy/download program) makes a Steam PC?
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    fenrer , January 15, 2014 11:50 PM
    Better just to build your own PC, and download steam if you really want a steam machine.