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Alienware Steam Machine 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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The Alienware Steam Machine opens up a new way to play, with the endless possibilities of SteamOS. It's designed for your living room and built for fun. Ready Let's game. Alienware and Valve... More
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11 Reasons For

Just Released Four Months Ago

This Alienware computer is one of the latest computers to be released. As such it is likely to use better technology than some of the older computers.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Steam Machine has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,150 megahertz) amongst comparable spec computers of this age. Medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Steam Machine have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 500MHz and 1,400MHz.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last year range from 250GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 910GB. The Steam Machine has a fairly big hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Steam Machine.

Other 1TB hard drive capacity personal computers currently available which you might also want to consider include cheaper personal computers such as the Fujitsu W530[plb_2954179_price], the Asus G11CD[plb_3153378_price], or the Lenovo P310[plb_3191100_price].

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other latest medium processor core personal computers. The smallest internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Steam Machine is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB.

There are a number of other 8GB memory desktop computers currently available that you might also want to look at including the Fujitsu W530[plb_2954179_price], or the DELL 7040[plb_3074347_price] which is cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for the last year.

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Two HDMI Port

The Steam Machine is a two HDMI port computer. Most of the other similar spec desktop computers that were released in the last 12 months only have one HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on comparable spec computers that have been available for the last year.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on comparable spec desktop computers that came out in the last 12 months.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 1.8 kilograms, the Steam Machine is one of the lighter new medium processor core personal computers amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The weights of comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Steam Machine range from 38g to 16kg.

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Very Short

The heights of medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last year range from 10mm to 560mm, and the average height is 280mm. At only 55 millimeters, the Steam Machine is quite short compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Steam Machine.

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19 Reasons Against

Alienware Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its PCs

We looked at average ratings for each PC brand and found that whilst Alienware has unexceptional average ratings across all PCs, Alienware has good ratings specifically for its medium processor core personal computers.

Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The discrete graphics adapter memory capacities of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Steam Machine range from 0.5GB to 4.1TB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 260GB. The Alienware Steam Machine has one of the smaller discrete graphics adapter memory capacities (only 2 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Alienware Steam Machine is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Steam Machine have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The Steam Machine has a quite slow max memory bandwidth supported processor (only 25.6 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months. The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine is 34GB/s.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of similar spec PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Steam Machine is 100GB, and the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 1.6TB. The Steam Machine has a fairly small max internal memory supported processor (only 32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Steam Machine.

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Not Cheap

We think this medium processor core desktop computer looks expensive compared to other medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months. We checked 111 medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months and they range in price from £81 to £2,147.

Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

New desktop computers have processor clock speeds of between 1.3GHz and 4GHz. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Steam Machine that we have assessed the processor clock speed of, the Steam Machine's processor clock speed of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest.

If this computer processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the Elite Slice[pl_3819072_price] (2.5GHz and cheaper), or the Elite Slice[pl_3817175_price] (2.5GHz and cheaper) both from HP.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

Medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine have memory clock speeds supported by processors of between 800MHz and 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed supported by processor is 1,800MHz. With a memory clock speed supported by processor of only 1,333 megahertz, the Steam Machine has one of the slower memory clock speeds supported by processors amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The Alienware Steam Machine supports a better on-board graphics adapter DirectX version than most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This computer supports an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, whereas most similar spec personal computers that were launched around the same time as it support a 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version. Across all medium processor core personal computers that were released in the last 12 months the on-board graphics adapter DirectX version ranges from 11.2/12 to 12.

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Only 4.3 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Steam Machine supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version which is better than the 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version supported by most medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months. Across all similar spec PCs that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine the on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version ranges from 4 (worst) to 4.4 (best).

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Quite Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 1.024 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a fairly small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other new computers. Recently released medium processor core personal computers have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1GB and 64GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 8.5GB.

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Only IEEE 802.11a WiFi Standard

This PC supports an IEEE 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is the most frequently supported WiFi standard on new PCs.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Steam Machine is a two USB 3.0 port desktop computer. Most of the other personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Steam Machine have between one and seven USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Steam Machine has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were launched in the last year. Across all the newly released medium processor core personal computers the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 260GB.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

Across all the recently released medium processor core personal computers the processor caches range from 2MB to 10MB. At only 6 megabytes, the Steam Machine has a quite small processor cache compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Steam Machine.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Steam Machine has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 2,000MHz.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The Steam Machine is a four processor thread computer.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The Steam Machine has a fairly low system bus data transfer rate (only 5 Gigatransfers per second) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months. The lowest system bus data transfer rate of recently released personal computers is 5GT/s, the highest is 8GT/s, and the average system bus data transfer rate is 7.4GT/s.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Steam Machine is 3.6GHz. The Steam Machine has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies (only 3 gigahertz) amongst desktop computers of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Steam Machine

Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Steam Machine has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other latest computers.

Alternative 1TB total storage capacity computers currently available which you might want to consider include cheaper desktop computers such as the Fujitsu W530[plb_2954179_price], the Asus G11CD[plb_3153378_price], or the Lenovo P310[plb_3191100_price].

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage medium on comparable spec computers that were released around the same time as it. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

Other HDD computers currently available which you might also want to look at include the Fujitsu W530[plb_2954179_price], or the DELL 7040[plb_3074347_price] which is cheaper.

If the storage speed of this Alienware desktop computer is too slow for you then you might want to look at the P310[pl_3192586_price] (SSD and cheaper), or the P310[pl_3192629_price] (SSD and cheaper) both from Lenovo.

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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
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Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
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Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
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Intel Clear Video HD Technology
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Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Virtualization Technology

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Expert Reviews

(31)
30 December 2015

The Alienware Steam Machine is great for existing PC gamers who want to easily extend the Steam experience across the rest of their home or dorm room (which could be a great use environment for a...

Hothardware.com

24 December 2015

Linux currently has access to roughly one-fifth of the entire Steam library.Our particular Steam Machine is running the same mobile graphics card that its Alienware Alpha counterpart... Read more…

7 December 2015

Hardwareheaven.com

Earlier this year we saw a few manufacturers bring systems based on the Steam Machine idea to market. They lacked a few things though, some basic like official branding and others more significant... Read more…

22 November 2015

The Alienware Steam Machine is unlike any computer I've ever used before. It's built small enough to fit seamlessly with your living room entertainment center while also providing an excellent... Read more…

19 November 2015

If you love PC gaming, and are specifically a long-time Steam user who loves PC gaming, then you owe it to yourself to give this puppy a go. If you're a gamer who's lukewarm on PC gaming ?...

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User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 26 July 2016 by LH

I was a PS4 person myself, I decided to invest into a PC, I have not played the PS4 in 5 months, the Alienware alpha will run any game I have thrown at it, including: Arma 3, Battlefield 4..., I... Read more…

Reviewed 20 July 2016 by Amazon Customer | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Loved this machine for the 5 days that it functioned. After my five days, the Steam machine wouldn't turn on, the light on the front just flashed yellow. After investigating, I found there is no... Read more…

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