Recently, a number (300) of Steam Machine Beta has been sent out to testers, and one tester was able to reveal to us of what is inside a Steam Machine. Surprisingly, it’s exactly just like any other Windows Gaming PC, that only comes in different packaging and runs on different OS. In fact you can even build your own Steam Machine just by downloading the SteamOS. The tear down reveals that the Steam Machine that this particular tester got is composed of an Intel Core i5 4570, an AsRock Z87E-ITX motherboard, 2x16GB of Crucial DDR3 memory and a Zotac GeForce GTX 780 graphics processor. Watch the video below.
As you can see from the video above, it’s basically a gaming PC with a console-like housing. Any PC enthusiast or system builder can build a Steam Machine. The only difference is probably the price. Steam Machine might come with a cheaper price tag, compared to buying the parts one by one and building your own. Not to mention, the Steam Machine comes with its own console like controller.
The tester also showed a demo of the SteamOS and the Steam Controller in action with games like Left for Dead 2, and etc. Watch the videos below.
The tester also managed to install a Windows 7 in the Steam Machine and configured a dual OS. Because of this, he was able to run 3DMark and benchmarked the Steam Machine that he got. His Machine got 15,7528 points on Ice Storm Benchmark, 17,196 points on Cloud Gate and 7,858 points on Fire Strike. Not bad, considering that it has a GTX 780 as its graphics processor. He might have got higher score with a Core i7-4770 processor and an SSD storage.
So what do you think guys? Is the Steam Machine worth it? Will you be buying one if it comes out on the market? Or would you rather turn your existing Gaming PC into a Steam Machine or build one yourself. Or perhaps you are not convinced with the Steam Machine and would rather stick to a Windows Gaming PC?