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Alienware Steam Machine 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 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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20 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This Alienware desktop computer has received four awards from expert review sites.

This PC received a "Recommended" from Hardwareheaven.com who wrote that this few processor cores PC was good.

This personal computer received an "Approved" award from Hothardware.com, Thinkcomputers.org gave it a "9 out of 10 Award" and it received a "Reader's Choice Awards" from Stuff.tv/my/.

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Good for Gaming

Several Alienware Steam Machine owners who bought this PC agreed that it was good for gaming. Expert website Trustedreviews.com rated the Alienware Steam Machine 4 stars and wrote two years ago “Where do they fit in? These are gaming PCs in con” in their review of this PC. Stuff.tv mentioned “PC gaming is great and all.” however despite that they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars. Stuff.tv also wrote “Neither the PC nor the console you're looking for There are great things about console gaming - its fuss-free nature, big-hitting games”.

Good Size

One customer who reviewed this PC reckoned that it was a good depth. Expert review site Hothardware.com mentioned “In partnership with several leading PC makers, Valve has finally taken their often-talked about Steam Machine with custom SteamOS to market, promising the depth and precision of PC gaming drive” in their review.

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Three years ago expert website Pcworld.in wrote “PC gaming is too expensive." "PC gaming is too complicated." "I don't want a big, bulky PC in my living room." Rest in peace, three overused excuses” in their review of this PC.

One person who purchased this PC considered that it was compact. Technabob.com mentioned in their review “This compact device is designed to put a complete PC gaming system in your living room, capable of playing games from Steam's extensive library”.

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Nice Design

One customer who bought the Alienware Steam Machine wrote that it was a good design. Expert website Engadget.com said “The Steam Controller is an innovative, powerful evolution in gamepad design.”.

One Alienware Steam Machine reviewer who bought it reckoned that it was good looking. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ mentioned three years ago “Alienware's Steam Machine is a gorgeous piece of hardware – something that would fit right in with your other game consoles or cable box in the entertainment center”.

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Easy to Use

A few customers who reviewed the Alienware Steam Machine considered that it had a good experience.

One Alienware Steam Machine reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Stuff.tv/my/ mentioned in their review of this PC “The controller it was supposed to use are the work of the more enigmatic Valve, which sets vague re” .

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Robust

One person who purchased the Alienware Steam Machine considered that it was reliable. Amazon Customer said on Amazon in January last year “I can only suggest you look for something more reliable” in their review yet they only gave the product a rating of 1 stars.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Expert website Geardiary.com said “It's built small enough to fit seamlessly with your living room entertainment center while also providing an excellent gaming experience” in their review of this PC.

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Reasonably Priced

One Alienware Steam Machine owner who bought it thought it was a bargain for the price. Lh gave the product a score of 5 stars and said “Arma 3, Battlefield 4, I would 100% recommend the alpha for any new PC users as its cheap and about the size of a Nintendo wii”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many few processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of similar spec PCs that have been on the market for the last year is 1.7GB and the biggest is 64GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other new computers.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

Across all the few processor cores computers that are a similar age to the Steam Machine the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 790MHz to 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) is 1,100MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s amongst few processor cores computers of this age.

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Alienware Computers Have Good Reviews

Whilst Alienware is one of the superior desktop computer brands according to average expert and user reviews, Alienware has poor ratings specifically for its few processor cores computers.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

The Steam Machine has a quite big hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other recently released similar spec PCs. Newly released few processor cores computers have hard drive capacitys of between 500GB and 1TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 640GB.

There are a number of other 1TB hard drive capacity computers currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HP 410-135na[plb_3821035_price], the Lenovo H50[plb_3203736_price], or the Acer Veriton X2640G[plb_3807262_price].

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Steam Machine has one of the bigger total storage capacitys amongst comparable spec computers of this age. Comparable spec computers that have been available for a similar time to the Steam Machine have total storage capacitys of between 16GB and 1TB.

There are a number of alternative 1TB total storage capacity computers currently available which you might also want to look at including the 410-135na[pl_3821035_price], the 400 G3[pl_3351664_price], or the 400 G3[pl_3263105_price] all from HP which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The internal memorys of PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Steam Machine range from 2GB to 8GB, and the average internal memory is 4.6GB. The Steam Machine has one of the bigger internal memorys (8 gigabytes) amongst computers of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 8GB memory personal computers currently available including because of it's better review score, the Alpha[pl_3087024_price], or the Alpha[pl_2538529_price] both from Alienware or the HP 410-135na[plb_3821035_price].

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HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many few processor cores computers that came out in the last 12 months. 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 PCs currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the 3250[pl_3431678_price], or the Vostro 3900[pl_3498244_price] both from DELL or the Lenovo E73[plb_2210424_price].

If the storage speed of this desktop computer is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the Asrock Beebox N3000[plb_2993806_price] (SSD), the Asus VM42[plb_3009788_price] (SSD), or the HP Chromebox[plb_3227594_price] (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Steam Machine is a two HDMI ports quantity personal computer.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on latest few processor cores computers.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many personal computers that are a comparable age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Has One Memory Slots

The number of memory slots found on the Steam Machine is more than most latest similar spec personal computers. The most frequently found memory slots is 2x DIMM, but this memory slots is not found on this Alienware computer. The memory slotss 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Fifteen experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, maximumpc.com and thinkcomputers.org have rated this PC on average 63 out of 100.

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Steam Machine has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other latest few processor cores computers. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of few processor cores computers that were released around the same time as the Steam Machine is 100MHz and the fastest is 690MHz.

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

The Steam Machine is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity personal computer. Most of the other few processor cores computers that have been available for around the same time as the Steam Machine have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys.

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Very Slow Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)

Across all the desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as the Steam Machine the memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)s range from 21GB/s to 35GB/s, and the average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) is 30GB/s. With a memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Steam Machine has one of the slower memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)s amongst personal computers of this age.

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Only 4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Steam Machine supports a better on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version than most recently released few processor cores computers. This computer supports a 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most few processor cores computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version.

A 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is actually the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version amongst all few processor cores computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine.

Amongst similar types of desktop computer the best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is 4.4.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor

The memory clock speeds supported by processors of few processor cores computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine range from 1,300MHz to 1,900MHz, and the average memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,500MHz. The Alienware Steam Machine has one of the slower memory clock speeds supported by processors (only 1,333 megahertz) amongst similar spec PCs of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that came out in the last year. The average maximum internal memory of similar spec computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Steam Machine is 19GB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine's memory clock speed is one of the slowest amongst recently released few processor cores computers. Few processor cores computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine have memory clock speeds of between 1,600MHz and 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,800MHz.

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Very Low System Bus Rate

With a system bus rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Alienware Steam Machine has a quite low system bus rate compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Steam Machine. Across all the similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine the system bus rates range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s, and the average system bus rate is 6.5GT/s.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Steam Machine

Released Ten Months Ago

Alienware released the Steam Machine ten months ago.

Average Processor Frequency

At 3.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine has a relatively standard processor frequency compared to most of the other latest few processor cores computers.

We compared this personal computer to all the other 3.2GHz processor clock speed PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the Alpha[pl_3368857_price], and the Steam Machine[pl_3366090_price] both from Alienware or the HP ProDesk 400 G2 DM[plb_3084634_price] is also worth considering.

If this computer processor frequency is too slow for you then you might want to look at the 800 G2[pl_3713481_price] (3.3GHz and higher rated), or the 600 G1 Mini[pl_3791974_price] (3.3GHz and higher rated) both from HP or the DELL OptiPlex 9020[plb_3450712_price] (3.4GHz and higher rated).

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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
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Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
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Intel® VPro™ Technology
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Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
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Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
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Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

4 Awards

hardwareheaven.com Recommended thinkcomputers.org 9 out of 10 Award hothardware.com Approved stuff.tv/my/ Reader's Choice Awards

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
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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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