Earlier this month at CES 2014, Valve Software revealed a list of OEMs currently building Steam Machines. These will range in specs and price to meet every gamer's tastes. Unfortunately, we really have no idea what will be under the hood of many solutions until Valve gives the green light later this year. However, that hasn't stopped Futuremark for posting 3DMark benchmarks.
Obviously, the report is going to be incomplete for now, as it's based on what we know so far about the machines. What's shown on the chart is equivalent hardware running Windows, not the Linux-based SteamOS that's now in early beta.
Currently, the Chronos machine from Origin PC sits at the top of the list with two Nvidia Geforce GTX Titans, followed by Digital Storm's Bolt II with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Gigabyte's Brix Pro is seventh on the list with the Intel Core i7-4770R and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics.
To Futuremark's defense, this will be a chart to watch over the following months as specs are revealed. Alienware already said that its solution will be out sometime in September, but the release date is really up to Valve. If Valve won't be ready by then, Alienware's rig will be put on standby until Valve gives the green light. We're thinking E3 2014 could be very interesting this year.
What’s great about Futuremark's chart on a consumer level is that it not only shows the range of hardware and price points, but which Machine offers the best value for the money. So far, Webhallen's Steam Machine, which is third on the list in terms of its 3DMark score, is shown as the best value, packing an Intel Core i7-4771 and a Nvidia Geforce GTX 780 for $1,499. Scan's NC10, which is sixth in performance on the list, offers the least value, with an Intel i3-4000M and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M for $1,090.
Obviously, all of this will change as time moves on and we get closer to the release date. There are seven on the list with a TBA, so it will be interesting to see how everything will fit together once the hopeful September release date finally arrives. Of course, 3DMark is a Windows benchmarking tool, and SteamOS is based on Linux. That said, the numbers could be higher for all using optimized Linux drivers and games.
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I honestly don't understand all the hype behind Steam Machines as they exist now (i'll care when streaming etc is proven to work well), especially when it comes to benchmarking them, how is it different from just benchmarking a boutique PC? also, hmm, something with a pair of Titans is faster than a single gtx 780 TI and all of these are faster than Intel's Iris Pro... big surprise there. No offense to you Kevin or to Tom's team or Furmark, but this new obsession with Steam really surprises me.Reply
Intel i3-4000M and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M for $1,090 yea let me jump right on that. you can build a better system for lessReply
The Expensive one? Duh.Reply
I honestly don't understand all the hype behind Steam Machines as they exist now (i'll care when streaming etc is proven to work well), especially when it comes to benchmarking them, how is it different from just benchmarking a boutique PC? also, hmm, something with a pair of Titans is faster than a single gtx 780 TI and all of these are faster than Intel's Iris Pro... big surprise there. No offense to you Kevin or to Tom's team or Furmark, but this new obsession with Steam really surprises me.I'm exactly the same. I've heard they're trying to bring PCs to the living room. Fair enough, but who's going to buy one? The people interested in doing that will probably pre-build. It won't get consoles (for now at least), who's going to buy this new "steam machine" over a Playstation or Nintendo or Xbox (from the parent's perspective)? Why would I buy one over building a PC? Why would I buy one over building and installing Steam OS? The only reason I see this being hyped is because Valve and as we all know Valve are the bestest because Steam and PC gaming.
So basically, the more money you spend, the more performance you get. Who knew?Reply
I thought the point of the Steam Machine was to be a low-cost decent gaming system.
SteamBox = EPIC FAIL! Note it says your just doing SaaS from your already nice Mac/PC to the Steambox to actually play the M$/Mac based game that 'natively' (i.e. coded for LinuxOS) the number of games just really doesn't exist for this 'vaporware'. STEAMPOWERED GO BUY OUT ONLIVE! (www.onlive.com) and use thier code to SaaS games to 'any platform, any device' like your Steambox but make the Steambox a 'undercutting the competition' cost to the consumer. Imagine one of these Steamboxes doing Onlive and the actual hardware being a Haswell i3 with IGP and costing $199! Joe Consumer looks at that then the $2000 cost for a Alienware, or the $500 PS4 ,... only $200 and play all the PC games I want, HELL YEAH SOLD.Reply
Steam is missing the opportunity of the buildup they made, by missing the key point : COST. What Joe 'idiot on techie things' Consumer looks in the store and sees the $249 Walmart PC, the $499 Xbox/PS4, then the $1000-2000 Steambox, what one will they buy? First stupidly (just look at all the forum posts of people whom bought for Xmas APU PCs and wonder why BF4 can't play on it) they buy the cheap PC for thier kids, then they come back and get the console, and would never ever look at the Steambox.
Steamboxes are definitely worth reporting on.They're the biggest thing in computer gaming since the Doom3/source engine.Reply
The iBuyPower Steam Machine is quite possibly the only one worth looking at. A self-designed box, which is cheaper than building it yourself, with specs good enough to match consoles and a price to compete as well.Everyone else shouldn't even be counted, they either have stupid parts (dual Titans, well done guys) or they cost way too much (over a grand for crap laptop parts, yeah...). I actually really hope the iBuyPower box becomes the defacto standard, because it's a great little box for the price, and actually looks like something you might have under the TV!Reply
If they opened up streaming to other devices, aka, VITA, then this would be another awesome feature! Would love a remote play app for Steam to VITA.Reply