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Steam Machine Specs and Prices: everything you need to know before you buy

Sam Loveridge

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Everything you need to know about the Steam Machines available right now

Valve first announced Steam Machines, the Steam Controller and the Steam OS operating system nearly two years ago.

Since then, we’ve been waiting for Valve’s answer to the Xbox One and PS4 ­– and now, in November 2015, we finally have the first Steam Machines.

But, despite the promise of a small army of Steam Machines hitting the market by Christmas, we’ve actually got three options here in the UK.

If you’re interested in a Steam Machine, we’re here to help you choose, laying out all the configurations currently available.

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Alienware Steam Machine

Alienware

If there’s one brand you’re going to associate with taking the lead with gaming PCs then Alienware has got to be up there with the best.

The Alienware Steam Machine uses the same hardware and casing as the Alienware Alpha mini-PC, but there are several configurations to choose from.

All come with two AlienFX Lighting Zones, weigh around 1.81kg and offer dimensions of 55 x 200 x 200mm.

In terms of connectivity, you’re looking at two USB 2.0 ports at the front, two USB 3.0 ports at the back, one HDMI out and one HDMI in port, and one optical audio.

Alienware Steam Machine

Configuration One

Price: £448.99

  • Intel Core i3-4170T quad-core processor (8M cache, up to 2.9GHz)
  • 4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM (1x4GB)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 130W Chassis
  • 500GB 2.5-inch SATA hard drive (7,200 RPM)
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1
  • Bluetooth 4.0
Buy now

Configuration Two

Price: £498.99

  • Intel Core i3-4170T quad-core processor (8M Cache, up to 2.9GHz)
  • 8GB Single Channel DDR31600MHz SDRAM (2x4G)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 130W Chassis
  • 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA hard drive 6Gb/s
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1
  • Bluetooth 4.0
Buy now

Configuration Three

Price: £578.99

  • Intel Core i5-4590T quad-core processor (6M Cache, up to 3.00GHz)
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L RAM 1600MHz (2x4G)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 130W Chassis
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive 6Gb/s
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1
  • Bluetooth 4.0
Buy now

Configuration Four

Price: £698.99

  • Intel Core i7-4785T quad-core processor (8M Cache, up to 3GHz)
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L RAM 1600MHz (2x4G)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 130W Chassis
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive 6Gb/s
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Buy now

CyberPower Steam Machine

CyberPower

CyberPower’s Steam Machine takes the form of the Syber Steam Machine series (yeah we’re not keen on the name either). There’s currently four models available, all taking the form of a massive beast of a console that’s bigger than the original Xbox.

That huge size means it’s ripe for upgrading and future-proofing though, and comes with a bevy of ports.

All models come with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as standard with support for 7.1 surround sound.

CyberPower Syber Steam Machine I

Price: From £499

  • Intel Core i3-4170 processor
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM 1866MHz
  • MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 2GB video card
  • ASRock H81M USB3 and SATA3 MB
  • 1TB SATA3 HDD
  • Intel CPU Cooler
  • Syber Steam PC case

Buy now

CyberPower Syber Steam Machine P

Price: From £695

  • Intel Core i5-4460 processor
  • 8GB DDR3 1866MHz RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB video card
  • ASRock H81M USB3 and SATA3 MB
  • 1TB SATA3 HDD
  • Intel CPU Cooler
  • Syber Steam PC gaming case
Buy now

CyberPower Syber Steam Machine X

Price: From £1205

  • Intel Core i7-4790K processor
  • 16GB DDR3 1866MHz RAM
  • MSI Nvidia GTX 980 4GB video card
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WiFi MB
  • 1TB SATA3 HDD
  • Intel CPU Cooler
  • Syber Steam PC gaming case
Buy now

CyberPower Syber Steam Machine K

Price: From £999

  • Intel Core i7-6700 processor
  • 8GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  • MSI Nvidia GTX 970 4GB video card
  • MSI Z1 70I Gaming Pro AC MB
  • Seagate 2TB SATA3 SSHD
  • Gelid CPU Cooler
  • Syber Steam PC gaming Case
Buy now

Zotac NEN

Zotac

The third contender vying for your Steam Machine associated dosh is Zotac.

Claiming this isn’t just “simply a PC turned Steam Machine”, the NEN is meant to be a small but powerful Steam OS box.

There’s only one configuration at present, and we’ve yet to review it as it’s availability isn’t widespread just yet.

Zotac NEN Steam Machine

Price: £TBC

  • Intel Core i5-6400T (quad-core, 2.2GHz, up to 2.8 GHz)
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM (max 16GB)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
  • 1TB 2.5-inch SATA hard drive
  • Four HDMI 2.0 ports
  • Supports 4K at 60Hz
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • One USB 3.0 Type-C ports
  • One USB 3.0 port from SD combo
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Dual Gigabit LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac/bg/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0

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