Steam Machines invade CES (pictures)
A variety of manufacturers have partnered with Valve to offer small but powerful computers running Steam OS. Systems vary in price, from as low as $500 all the way up to $6,000. Here's the latest from the floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Steam Machines of CES 2014
CyberPowerPC will offer two Steam Machine models at different price points. The entry-level machine, which is priced at $499, is equipped with a dual-core 3.9GHz AMD A6-6400K processor and an AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card. The more expensive model, which costs $699, features a dual-core 3.5GHz Intel Core i3-4330 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 graphics card.
Both models also include a 500GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 802.11 AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Steam Controller. CyberPowerPC’s Steam Machines are scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2014.
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The Maingear Spark sports a quad-core 3.1GHz AMD A8-5557M processor, an AMD Radeon R9 M275X graphics card, and can be configured with up to 16GB of memory and either a 2.5-inch hard drive or a solid-state drive with up to 256GB of storage. The system also includes four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a Mini DisplayPort, 801.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Spark, which weighs less than a pound, will be available online mid-to-late first quarter of 2014. Pricing was not announced, however Maingear claims it will be "an affordable PC solution."