Valve's Steam Machine Gets iFixit Teardown

We've already seen a teardown of Valve's Steam Machine thanks to YouTube user Corey Nelson, but the iFixit teardown is something of a rite of passage for new gadgets.

The iFixit crew managed to get its hands on one of the 300 beta units shipped out last week and finished up its teardown early this morning. Thanks to other beta kit users, we already know that this machine packs 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 supply. So what can the seasoned teardown pros at iFixit say about ease of access and repairability?


According to iFixit, the Steam Machine's parts are easy to access and easy to upgrade; the controller was also easy to take apart. This, along with a modular design and room for another hard drive, was enough to garner the computer an admirable 9 out of 10 on iFixit's repairability scale. In total, the computer's components come to about $1,300 in value. 

For the full gallery of images, as well as the step-by-step teardown instructions, head on over to iFixit!

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  • ssalim
    $1300 in value? Isn't the machine $500?
  • vmem
    it's like tearing down a homebuilt PC XD

    then again, what did we expect? the folks at ifixit must've had fun with this one
  • vmem
    Anonymous said:
    $1300 in value? Isn't the machine $500?

    dude, that GTX 780 by itself is $500 in value