Last week, Valve shook up the gaming industry with the announcement of the SteamOS, Steam Machine and Steam Controller. Although little details have been given regarding Valves blitzkrieg into the hardware business, some information regarding hardware specifications on the machines being used to test the SteamOS have finally found their way onto the internet.
These specifications came from the Steam Universe group thread, and according to the poster, are "not meant to serve the needs of all of the tens of millions of Steam users." They then went on to say:
"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."
The hardware specifications given are as follows:
- 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
Clearly valve was true to their word when they spoke about scaling performance - performance and hardware that would easily scale a PC from an $800 machine to easily eclipsing $2000.
Regardless, it's a nice early insight into what Valve has going on with the 300 BETA testers of the SteamOS, and more importantly, a good look at some target performance figures we could expect from the Steam Machine themselves.