Didn't Get A Valve Steam Machine Prototype? Build Your Own!
Designed as a platform for PC gaming, the specs of Valve’s newest creation should be familiar to most builders. While a much wider range of hardware has since been approved, we nevertheless choose to stick to the original specs. The first 300 Steam Machine prototypes leverage Intel CPUs, including the Core i7-4770, Core i5-4570, and unspecified Core i3 models. On the graphics side, Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan, 780, 760, and 660 are the cards that were chosen. Sixteen gigabytes of DDR3-1600 is the only memory specification listed, and it's still unsure if that is a maximum or set standard. A 1 TB/8 GB Hybrid SSHD is the only storage spec listed, with a 450 W internal 80 PLUS Gold-certified PSU providing power to the prototypes.
Hey, we can do that!
The small, living room-friendly form factor is the most difficult of the Steam Machine prototype's specs to adhere to. At just 12" x 12.4" x 2.9" (305 x 315 x 74 mm), they're smaller than any currently available PC chassis capable of housing a full-sized graphics card and internal power supply. While we can't exactly match those specifications, we are keeping the slim theme...with an unreleased chassis.
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