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Prototype Steam Machine Torn Down By iFixit

by Brandon Russell | December 22, 2013December 22, 2013 4:00 pm PST

The latest victim of iFixit’s steady hands was Valve’s prototype Steam Machine, and it’s easy as pie to take apart. Keep in mind that the machine’s being sent out to 300 lucky beta testers aren’t final, but merely meant to test Valve’s Steam OS. That means what you see today likely won’t be what you see tomorrow, especially since Valve plans on offering many different configurations through different hardware partners. Or, best of all, you can build your own machine and install Steam OS, which is currently being offered for free.

iFixit found that’s it’s dead simple to take the Steam Machine apart, which makes sense since these are meant to be tinkered with. Specs loaded up in the machine received by iFixit include an Nvidia GTX 780 3GB graphics cards, 1TB Seagate hybrid SSHD drive, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel Core i5-4570 CPU clocked at 3.6GHz and a 450W power supply. The controller was just as easy to take apart, which is certainly appreciate if repairs are ever an issue down the road.

A big part of the current configuration includes Valve’s own method of ventilation and cooling, with custom compartments built for separate circulation for the CPU, GPU and power supply. At next year’s CES in early January, Valve is expected to announce official partners for future Steam Machines, which hopefully won’t take too long to hit the market. Until then, feast your eyeballs on the prototype’s internals. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the current configuration of the Steam Machine received a repairability score of 9 out of 10.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.