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Cyberpower's Steam Machine in Both Intel and AMD Flavors

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CyberPower's two Steam Machines arrive in the second half of 2014.

On Monday CyperPower revealed two Steam Machines powered by Valve’s Steam OS platform. These include one for the AMD fans and one for Intel customers. Both will arrive in a custom CyberPower Steam Machine gaming chassis.

"The revolutionary Steam OS will give you full control over your Steam game library straight from your living room. All Steam Machines will run the latest version of Steam OS, an open source Linux-based operating system developed specifically for gaming and other entertainment," the company said in a statement.

So let’s cut to the chase. The AMD version, Steam Machine A, will have a $499 price tag and come with an AMD A6-6400K APU clocked up to 3.90 GHz and mounted on an mITX motherboard. This machine will be backed by an AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 video card, a 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3 hard drive, and 8 GB of DDR3-1600 dual channel memory. Other features include Wireless AC and Bluetooth connectivity, and an included Steam controller.

Moving on to the Intel box, the Steam Machine I, this model will sport an Intel Core i3-4330 clocked up to 3.5 GHz and mounted on a mITX motherboard. Backing this processor will be a Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 card with 2 GB of GDDR3 memory, and the same 500 GB hard drive, same 8 GB of RAM and the same wireless connectivity.  This model will also come with a controller, but will cost a bit more at $699.

"The key hardware feature will be the Steam Controller, which features two circular, clickable trackpads with a touchscreen in the middle," reads the company press release. "Driven by the player's thumbs, the Steam Controller allows for higher fidelity than traditional gamepads, which makes it a better alternative to a mouse and keyboard for controlling PC-centric genres like strategy games and first-person shooters."

The company states that both models will be fully customizable when they become available in the second half of 2014.

 

 

CYBERPOWERPC

Steam Machine A

CYBERPOWERPC

Steam Machine I

Base Price

$499

$699

Case

CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine Gaming Chassis

Graphics

AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 Video Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 Video Card

Processor

AMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHz

Intel® Core™ i3-4330 3.50 GHz

Storage

500GB SATA-III 7200 RPM HDD

RAM

8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory

Chipset

mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 WiFi + Bluetooth

mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 AC WiFi + Bluetooth

Accessory

Steam Controller

OS

Steam OS

Availability

ETA: 2H 2014





 

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    de5_Roy , January 6, 2014 11:36 AM
    i like how that case looks.
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    yeeeeman , January 6, 2014 11:47 AM
    What? A 6400K, which is a one module/two core CPU paired with a R9 270, which is a HD7870? It will result in serious bottleneck, unless they use some of the Mantle magic.
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    esrever , January 6, 2014 11:47 AM
    Why use an APU and not a athlon II? This looks terrible for the price, could build a higher quality desktop with windows for the same price as the intel one.
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    farrengottu , January 6, 2014 11:52 AM
    the amd system should have an fx 4300 or something like it. maybe a 6100 even.
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    de5_Roy , January 6, 2014 11:59 AM
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    the amd system should have an fx 4300 or something like it. maybe a 6100 even.

    motherboards don't fit in mini itx form factor.
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    lostgamer_03 , January 6, 2014 12:21 PM
    Not enough CPU power to make up of the otherwise excellent GPUs in the machines. Good thing that you can configure these things or change them yourself if you feel like it.
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    jimmysmitty , January 6, 2014 12:33 PM
    Quote:
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    the amd system should have an fx 4300 or something like it. maybe a 6100 even.

    motherboards don't fit in mini itx form factor.


    This is true. The only 3 AMD mITX mobos are FM2. About a year ago when I worked at a PC parts shop, people would come in looking for mITX AMD AM3 boards but there weren't any.

    It is pretty much as expected. The APUs will be HTPC and entry level while CPUs will be high end.

    I think it's a bad move because not everyone will want a mITX APU and may want to rather throw in a more powerful CPU and discrete GPU combo but they can't. For those people, there is Intel as you can still build a i5 4670K/i74770K into a mITX system.
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    rollin489 , January 6, 2014 12:45 PM
    not sure where the $200 price jump is coming from for the intel version. Its about $100 more in parts so where is that extra $100 bump coming from
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    Morbus , January 6, 2014 1:09 PM
    The 500USD is 440USD worth of hardware, not counting the case, PSU and controller.

    The 700USD is 580USD worth of hardware, not counting the case, PSU and controller.

    I think both are pretty nice, just looking at the specs, but benchmarks will tell the whole picture. As it is, they look line nice machines.
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    leetwanker , January 6, 2014 1:38 PM
    In the text part of the article it says "Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 card with 2 GB of GDDR3 memory". Shouldn't it be GDDR5 memory?
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    BranFlake5 , January 6, 2014 1:43 PM
    This is awesome. A $499 Steam Box is going to be so dang competitive. All the silly console players who don't want to build a PC can buy one from a very reputable assembler for a not so ridiculous price. I hope the AMD processor can keep up though. Personally I'd spend 200 extra for a slightly better GPU and a more capable CPU.
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    chumly , January 6, 2014 1:52 PM
    Cool. Now Benchmark these against PS4 and Xbox1. Let's really see how bad the consoles are.
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    rollin489 , January 6, 2014 2:36 PM
    not sure where the $200 price jump is coming from for the intel version. Its about $100 more in parts so where is that extra $100 bump coming from
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    ElMoIsEviL , January 6, 2014 3:48 PM
    Add Mantle to the whole and that Intel machine looks shitty. My 2 cents.
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    nilssab , January 6, 2014 10:51 PM
    "Can't wait till steam OS supports more games and has some productivity apps. Once it does, I will be an eager supporter of this."
    It does, it's called LibreOffice, it can also run Ab Init, folding at home or whatever else you can run on linux. Specifically it's Debian, polished and branded into SteamOS by valve.
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    boytitan2 , January 7, 2014 12:54 AM
    I never seen people so excited forover priced prebuilt dual core systems that come with only steam big picture mode. No come on really I am not impressed with these steam machines pricing. The O.S. has potential but ugh these steam machines the cheap ones are bottle necked by dual core cpus and the high end ones cost a ton. Also there is a socket fm2 athlonx4 that would have been much better for the amd systems. Intel core i3 is not bad but just well over priced.
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    voltagetoe , January 7, 2014 5:28 AM
    I prefer to just download Steam, not to buy it in a box that's filled with shit hardware.
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    Reta , January 7, 2014 9:00 AM
    Intel Core i3-4330 $130 + ASRock H81M-ITX $65 + Team Vulcan 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 $60 + WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200rpm $50 + GeForce GTX 760 2GB $240 + MiniITX Case $ 30 (minimum) + Corsair 430W 80+ Power Supply $ 20 (It´s on a promo and it would have physical dimension restrictions) + Steam Controller $60 = SUBTOTAL $ 655 + Shipping $ 20 + One Man-hour for unboxíng, building and installing OS $7.25 (U.S. federal minimum wage) = TOTAL $ 682,25.You techies with a certification for PC builds are right. It´s overpriced.Seriously.
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    Reta , January 7, 2014 9:02 AM
    Intel Core i3-4330 $130 + ASRock H81M-ITX $65 + Team Vulcan 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 $60 + WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200rpm $50 + GeForce GTX 760 2GB $240 + MiniITX Case $ 30 (minimum) + Corsair 430W 80+ Power Supply $ 20 (It´s on a promo and it would have physical dimension restrictions) + Steam Controller $60 = SUBTOTAL $ 655 + Shipping $ 20 + One Man-hour for unboxíng, building and installing OS $7.25 (U.S. federal minimum wage) = TOTAL $ 682,25.You techies with a certification for PC builds are right. It´s overpriced.Seriously.
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