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Alienware Steam Machine (2015)

Alienware Steam Machine (2015)
alaScore 91

17 reviews

Dec, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 15 expert reviews and 2 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 59/100 and users rate it 100/100. The average review date is Jan 2, 2016. We have compared these reviews to 321632 reviews from other Desktops. The alaScore™ for this product is 91/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 17, 2018.

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Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware Steam Machine review: A new gaming console with the heart of a PC

 

The Alienware Steam Machine is a bold experiment in PC/console crossover gaming, but you may just want to stick with the larger game library on the Windows version of this hardware.

The Alienware Steam Machine brings Valve's Steam OS concept to life at an affordable price. It has a larger launch library than any living room console and it includes the unique new Steam Controller.

Steam OS is locked out of a vast majority of the Steam game library, including nearly every hot new PC game. The controller has a deep learning curve, and will never be the best choice for some games. The more capable Windows version of this hardware...

There are many ways to put PC games on a living room TV, and the Alienware Steam Machine is one of the most ambitious. Like all new console launches, there are rocky patches, but the biggest hurdle may be proving why Steam OS is a better choice than...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Jordan Minor (pcmag.com)

Alienware Steam Machine

 

The Alienware Steam Machine's wonderful dream of PC-gaming optimized for your television is undercut by the disappointing reality of a gaming PC that only supports Linux.

Compact, attractive design. Includes Steam Controller. SteamOS brings PC-gaming innovations to the television. Performance surpasses consoles.

No Windows support. Only compatible with the fraction of Linux games available on Steam. Pricey considering the specs.

Wait for Half-Life 3At its best, the Steam Machine's combination of PC-gaming openness and console-gaming ease of use trumps the experience you'll get on either platform. But the Achilles' heel that is SteamOS's reliance on Linux prevents you from...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Travis Pope (gottabemobile.com)

Alienware Steam Machine Review

 

The Alienware Steam Machine is definitely something that every gamer should look into – provided they’re open to the idea of playing games on PC instead of Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Within weeks, I’d embraced the idea of two gaming ecosystems...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Marshall Honorof (tomsguide.com)

Alienware Steam Machine Review

 

The Alienware Steam Machine is full of contradictions. It's more expensive than a standard console, but not universally more powerful. It has thousands of games, but not necessarily the ones you'll want to play. The performance is great, but also...

Attractive interface ; Lots of great games ; Good performance

Expensive ; Peripheral limitations ; Not as robust as either a console or a gaming PC

The Alienware Steam Machine has a gorgeous interface and powerful specs, but its game selection and extra features fall short.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Christopher White (neowin.net)

The Alienware Steam Machine is real: See pictures and first impressions inside

 

Dell will be releasing Steam Machine on November 10th, and they sent Neowin a unit to review ahead of the launch. Until then, enjoy some quick impressions and photos of the box.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (techradar.com)

Alienware Alpha review

 

The best case for Steam Machines yet

Stylish, compact design ; HDMI in support ; Decent performance ; Windows-free experience ; Upgradeable

No GPU upgrade ; Easily outpriced ; No Origin, Uplay support ; Rough UI

While its custom software is rough around the edges, the Alienware Alpha handily sets the standard for Steam Machines to come with style.

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Alienware Steam Machine (2015) review

 

While we've been playing with Alienware's Steam Machine hardware with Valve's Steam OS operating system and Steam Controller for some time now, the final product has only just been deemed ready for sale to the public, after numerous updates to the...

The Alienware Steam Machine brings Valve's Steam OS concept to life at an affordable price. It has a larger launch library than any living room console and it includes the unique new Steam Controller.

Steam OS is locked out of a vast majority of the Steam game library, including nearly every hot new PC game. The controller has a deep learning curve, and will never be the best choice for some games. The more capable Windows version of this hardware...

There are many ways to put PC games on a living room TV, and the Alienware Steam Machine is one of the most ambitious. Like all new console launches, there are rocky patches, but the biggest hurdle may be proving why Steam OS is a better choice than...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Alienware Steam Machine: A smaller game library than Windows, but a controller with big potential (hands-on)

 

What if you could buy a new type of gaming console that had the guts of a PC, a pre-established library of 1,000 games, a tried-and-true interface already beloved by hard-core gamers and an innovative new controller, and have it all cost less than $500?

We will continue to test the Alienware Steam Machine, and will offer a full review once the system software and firmware is finalized for its retail release.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Bryan Lufkin , Gawker Media (gizmodo.in)

Alienware Steam Machine Review: PC Gaming With Console Comforts

 

Steam is a massive online gaming platform that reaches 100 million players worldwide. Now, Valve, the company behind Steam, along with a litany of hardware

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-especially if you don't use Steam-don't do it.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Tom Parsons (pcauthority.com.au)

Review: Alienware Steam Machine

 

PC gaming is great and all, but it's a bit darn nerdy, isn't it? Locked away in a dark corner of the house while all the cool kids are hanging out in the lounge with their PlayStations and Xboxes.

A valiant attempt to combine the best of PC and console, but is currently weaker than both.

Nov, 2015
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Product Specifications

Design

Cable lock slot: No
Chassis type:Desktop
Color of product:Black
Placement supported:Horizontal
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:130
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:1 / 100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 1.7 / 16
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x412 / 0x41E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.0

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout:1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4
Memory slots:2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000 / -600 - 420000
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000 / -600 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x / VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:N

Performance

Audio system:HD
Chipset:Intel H81
Compatible processor series:Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
Motherboard chipset:Intel H81
Password protection:Y
Product type:Mini PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
HDMI version:1.4a
Microphone in: No
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Power

Power supply:130
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:1 / 100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N / Y
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM,DDR3L-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.5
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i3-4170T / i5-4590T / i7-4785T
Processor boost frequency:3 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 3.2
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i3-4170T / i5-4590T / i7-4785T
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i3-4100 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-4500 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-4700 Desktop series
Processor socket:Socket H3 (LGA 1150)
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Tcase:66.35 / 66.4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:78928 / 80814 / 81209
Processor code:SR1QU / SR1S6 / SR1TC
Processor package size:37.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2013A

Software

Operating system installed:Steam OS

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.87
Height:2.17
Weight:3.99
Width:7.87