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Steam Machine Prototype Tear Down on Video

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There's a string of videos showing the unboxing of a Steam Machine prototype to disassembling the unit.

Image: Corey NelsonImage: Corey NelsonLast week Valve released both SteamOS and the Steam Machine beta units to 300 lucky developers. Many of these are now sharing their joy online with screens and videos of unboxing, game testing and disassembling the unit. One such tester is YouTube user Corey Nelson who has posted a number of Steam Machine related videos over the past 48 hours.

In the first video, he reveals that the Steam Machine arrived in a wooden box. The device itself was secured in place on all sides by foam, and once the Steam Machine was removed, you could see the controller secured in padding underneath where the console/PC previously resided. Also included in the package was a booklet with basic instructions, the necessary cables to get him up and running, a Wi-Fi antenna, and a recovery USB key.

His following videos show the machine booting up, and playing games like Portal, Metro Last Light, and Left 4 Dead 2. He also provides an overview of the controller itself, revealing that it weighs only 7.2 ounces. The only markings on the device reside underneath, showing the model number and the Steam logo.

Later on he manages to take the machine apart, revealing a very compact design. First he removes the top, removes the panel placed on top of the graphics card, then points out the components such as the power supply, the CPU with a fan mounted on top, and so on. He doesn’t get very far into the disassembling, but at least we have a good idea where Valve and ODMs are going with the Steam Machine initiative.

Another Steam Machine tester on Reddit revealed the specs of his machine, reporting that it features a quad-core Intel i5-4570 CPU clocked up to 3.2 GHz, 16 GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 780 GPU with 3 GB of VRAM, an ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard, and a Silverstone ST455F power supple.

We’ve included the disassembly video below, but you can click here to see the whole library, from unboxing to using the controller in Windows.

Steam Machine Tear Down

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    Zachasaurs , December 16, 2013 3:08 PM
    i would have expected more metal and more room for airflow from this but i do understand this is supposed to be console size...
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    iknowhowtofixit , December 16, 2013 3:29 PM

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    knowom , December 16, 2013 3:44 PM
    So where's the Motorola 68000 hiding?
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    brandonjclark , December 16, 2013 4:08 PM
    Toms, if you don't write up some massive benchmark article with this vs. Windows platform for like games, I'll be VERY disappointed.
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    ipwn3r456 , December 16, 2013 4:37 PM
    Price? I bet it's goona cost atleast $600....

    And btw, what's a "power supple"? Was that a typo?
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    Jgriff , December 16, 2013 5:17 PM
    Air flow/ space isn't as important as one would think in PC gaming. Materials, vents, placements, etc contribute more to temps in my experience. I recently moved to a new case (node 304) 1/3 the size of my older case with smaller fans and I got a 10 degree drop on my CPU, and my gpu doesn't hit 80 even with the fans on the lowest setting!
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    Mike Friesen , December 16, 2013 5:25 PM
    ipwn, if it has an i5 and a gtx 780, and 16 gb of ram, id be VERY surprised if it sold for under $1000.
    A relatively inexpensive i5/ 780 build.
    Those two parts are $700, alone.
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    clonazepam , December 16, 2013 6:22 PM
    Anyone else cringe when he drove that screwdriver straight down past the graphics card clip, into the motherboard? :( 
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    onedos , December 16, 2013 7:06 PM
    Looks expensive, I got a gaming rig but my cousins don't I hope its cheap enough so they can afford.
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    Stevemeister , December 16, 2013 7:59 PM
    This is basically an ITX based PC - my guess would be it will sell for around $1200 based on the equipment specs - a 780 graphics card alone costs ~$650. The good news is we should soon be able to build high end gaming PC's with both Windows and Steam OS's installed and hopefully the latter will run games better without all the extraneous baggage that accompany's Windows and slows everything down.
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    brandonjclark , December 16, 2013 8:22 PM
    @Steve. I dunno, from what I've seen SteamOS has a strong full-featured OS underneath. It didn't strike me as being as lightweight as I thought it would be.
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    JD88 , December 16, 2013 9:10 PM
    @Steve. I dunno, from what I've seen SteamOS has a strong full-featured OS underneath. It didn't strike me as being as lightweight as I thought it would be.

    It's basically Debian running Gnome and steam and some basic overhead utilities. Should be very lightweight, certainly so when compared to Windows. The performance differences likely won't be apparent though until hardware drivers catch up.
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    Fierce Guppy , December 16, 2013 10:23 PM
    So it includes an Asus motherboard and an nVidia GTX graphics card and a drive of some sort for storage, and a PSU. Hmmm... fascinating.


    Seriously; why did he even bother removing the bloody cover?
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    clonazepam , December 16, 2013 11:30 PM
    The guy's clearly a novice and doesn't have a lot of experience with pc parts. He was excited to get a youtube video up. I hate videos like this where people take PCs apart all ho-hum-diddly-do. He does correct himself in the comments and notes that it is an ASRock mobo.
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    Bloob , December 17, 2013 3:05 AM
    Well, it'll be nice to have an option for a PC without Windows licensing costs, I guess.
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    Haravikk , December 17, 2013 9:00 AM
    It looks okay, though I do think they could do a lot more with the internals. The only parts of a Steam Machines I really want to be serviceable are the GPU (so room for a good sized, double height card is a must) and the internal storage; a hot-swap style bay would be ideal (obviously not actually hot-swappable, just easy to open).

    Everything else can be made as compact as possible, with a custom fitted heatsink and fan(s) for maximum airflow.

    Or even better if they could get some kind of deal with a liquid cooling manufacturer to provide a two plate liquid cooling system a horizontal radiator using big blower style fans (so you get the advantage of big fans but low height). So long as the cooling can easily be adjusted to fit onto AMD and Intel processors and ATI and NVidia GPUs then it could be a really good way to do this.

    Obviously it's early days, so it's good to see as neat a system as we do in these prototypes, but I think there is a lot of room to innovate in the PC as a console space, while still retaining upgradeability, even if it requires a few extra steps to get at certain pieces.
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    chimera201 , December 18, 2013 1:40 AM
    Is that PSU a Silverstone ST45SF which is 80+Bronze certified or is it ST45SF-G which is 80+Gold certified because Valve mentioned a 450W 80+Gold PSU in specs