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Cyberpower's Steam Machine in Both Intel and AMD Flavors

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.

 

 CYBERPOWERPCSteam Machine ACYBERPOWERPCSteam Machine I
Base Price$499$699
CaseCYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine Gaming Chassis
GraphicsAMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 Video CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
ProcessorAMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHzIntel® Core™ i3-4330 3.50 GHz
Storage500GB SATA-III 7200 RPM HDD
RAM8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
ChipsetmITX motherboard w/ 802.11 WiFi + BluetoothmITX motherboard w/ 802.11 AC WiFi + Bluetooth
AccessorySteam Controller
OSSteam OS
AvailabilityETA: 2H 2014

 

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  • de5_Roy
    i like how that case looks.
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  • yeeeeman
    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.
    Reply
  • esrever
    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
    the amd system should have an fx 4300 or something like it. maybe a 6100 even.
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  • de5_Roy
    12374804 said:
    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
    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
    12374857 said:
    12374804 said:
    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
    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
    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
    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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