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Steam Hardware Prototype Details

The Steam Community website has more details on plans for Steam hardware and the prototypes they plan on shipping to testers. Here's a bit on the update from the Steam hardware bunker:

So for our own first prototype Steam Machine ( the one we're shipping to 300 Steam users ), we've chosen to build something special. The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts. It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to. Apart from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly the same machine by shopping for components and assembling it themselves. And we expect that at least a few people will do just that. (We'll also share the source CAD files for our enclosure, in case people want to replicate it as well.)

And to be clear, this design is not meant to serve the needs of all of the tens of millions of Steam users. It may, however, be the kind of machine that a significant percentage of Steam users would actually want to purchase - those who want plenty of performance in a high-end living room package. Many others would opt for machines that have been more carefully designed to cost less, or to be tiny, or super quiet, and there will be Steam Machines that fit those descriptions.

Here are the specifications for Valve's 300 prototypes.

The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components: GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660 CPU: some boxes with Intel : i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3 RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB DDR5 (GPU) Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

As a hardware platform, the Steam ecosystem will change over time, so any upgrades will be at each user's discretion. In the future we'll talk about how Steam will help customers understand the differences between machines, hardware strengths and weaknesses, and upgrade decisions.

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6. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 16:49 killer_roach
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:45:
a Titan and or GTX 780 works with that 450W power supply??

So long as your power supply is highly efficient and you have a rather lean motherboard chipset, I'd say it's possible. Titan and the 780 can only peak at 300W as per the ATX and PCIe specs, which means you've still got 150W left for everything else even if the GPU is pegged. Figure 25W for the motherboard logic, 60W for the CPU, 10W for optical and hard drives (as you're unlikely to be maxing both out simultaneously), and 5W for RAM, and you're left with 50W for cooling and system overhead. It's cutting it close, and you have no room for overclocking, but if everything's within specs you can do it.
 
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5. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 16:45 {PH}88fingers
 
a Titan and or GTX 780 works with that 450W power supply??  
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4. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 16:32 MDB
 
Who exactly is the target demographic for this? No way it'll be priced within the console range.

The Alienware crowd maybe?
 
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3. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 16:12 mch
 

Wow wee that's a spicy meatball.
 
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2. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 15:53 LittleMe
 
So reading this it comes across more of as a 'yet another gaming pc' move than it does an actual console. If it worked with 360/PS3 gamepads out of the box that would be a bonus. I'm okay with small steps though and this is good. They won't offer Windows as a pre-loaded OS? IMO they need to.

 
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1. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 15:49 nin
 
GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660

Nice!

 
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