Valve on the 13th of December officially shipped their 300 Beta Steam Machines around the US. That was when Beta testers were happy to be the very first in the world to own a Steam Machine (even though a prototype). The purpose was to rate the performance, stability and quality of the product. While these aren’t the final production units their feedback would affect the release product.
A few days ago a user on youtube had the very first opportunity to get his hands on a beta Steam Machine and posted the unboxing on his YouTube channel. He even did a teardown of the Steam Machine revealing the upper levels of the product, but he couldn’t (or didn’t) reach the lower levels of the body. iFixIt have inherited the work he left behind with a complete tear down of the steam machine unvealing all the parts used and a calculated total price of the machine.
Full Specs Of The Beta Steam Machine:
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX mini-ITX
Processor: Intel 4th-gen i5 4570 3.2GHz
GPU: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780 3 GB GDDR5
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS 2X Mini-ITX CPU cooler
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x8GB DDR3 (PC3 12800)
HardDrive: 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM014 SSHD 64 MB cache
PowerSupply: SilverStone SST-ST45SF-G 450W SFX12V
Case: Modified Silverstone ML04B HTPC Case
Other: SilverStone RC2 PCI Express x16 riser card
NXP LCP11U24F 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller
That’s almost everything the Steam Machine was compiled with, except the body and the Steam Controller. There already is a secondary connector port for another harddrive, while it seems like the whole system can be upgraded. By changing the motherboard and adding another gpu, you can create a SLI Steam Machine. All this would cost around $1350 separately.
Currently one thing you will see odd is that the Steam Machine also has motherboard display ports allowing use of the builtin Intel HD4600 GPU, incase we don’t want to use the GTX 780. But the catch is that the current version of SteamOS doesn’t support AMD or Intel GPU’s.
No Support Yet For Amd and Intel On Steam Machines By Valve
Support for both AMD and Intel GPU’s will be brought with the later version of the SteamOS, and Valve already has plans to release the other version of SteamOS supporting AMD and Intel GPUs. We can’t clearly make a guess of what a Steam Machine can truely do, as the beta machines are just prototypes and the SteamOS isn’t completley ready yet. Valve could bring out many changes on their final product, in terms of software and hardware.
Steam Machine Variations
A big enough range of Steam Machines are to be showcased at CES next month in Las Vegas which maybe would also contain iBuyPower’s Steam Machine which has been demonstrated to a small group of media and DigitalStorm’s Steam Machine which has been showcased on their official website for a price of about $1,469.