In this episode of our weekly tech podcast we talk about our review of Zotac’s NEN SN970 Steam Machine, AMD’s new desktop processors coolers, an amazing custom-mode smart mirror and more!
Ever since Valve announced SteamOS and Steam Machines there have been two Steam Machines that were shown the most. They were the Alienware Steam Machine and Zotac’s NEN SN970. Not that long ago we took a look at the Alienware unit, and now we have the NEN SN970 to review. This unit is part of Zotac’s extremely popular ZBOX line of mini PCs. Under the hood you have an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB 2.5“ SATA hard drive. Like all Steam Machine’s the NEN SN970 will ship with SteamOS pre-installed and an official Steam Controller. This will bring gaming into the living room and you’ll have the massive Steam library of games to choose from, which has more games than either of the two major consoles. Let’s get to gaming and see what the NEN SN970 is all about!
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the Alienware Steam Machine, the first part of our Water Cooling 101 series, the release of the R9 380X graphics card, new game bundles from AMD and Intel, and much more!
The term Steam Machine is something we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the actual real Steam Machines are only coming out now. A Steam Machine is meant to bridge the gap between a console gamer and traditional PC gamer. It brings the Steam experience and Steam’s vast library of games to the living room. Even if you are a traditional PC gamer there are times you just want to sit in front of the TV and play some games. Many people have already done this by building their own HTPC system, but these are bulky and more often than not underpowered. Steam Machines are designed to be smaller than most current-generation consoles, which means you can easily add them to your home theater setup. A true Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS and comes with an official Steam Controller. Today we are looking at Alienware’s Steam Machine (model: ASM100-2980BLK) which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB of memory, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. Come on this adventure with us as we see what Alienware’s Steam Machine and the SteamOS is all about.
ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics card and ZBOX Mini PCs, makes the case for small form factor gaming with NEN, the most powerful small form Steam Machine. ZOTAC taps into NEN to draw out a truly powerful Steam Machine with minimalism, portability, and an all new design for a new way to game.
Steam has done the smart thing by allowing manufactures to create their own SteamOS powered hardware, much like what Google did with Android. This should prove to be a good strategy as we will see a wide variety of SteamOS powered devices. One such device that has been on our radar is the SteamBoy handheld gaming device. Up until now it was known as the SteamBoy, but the new name has been revealed as the Smach Zero Steam Machine.
With all the talk about Steam Machines lately it was no surprise we would see a Steam Machine from ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) line. ASUS’s ROG GR8S Steam Machine hopes to bring gamers into the living room. The Steam Machine is roughly as big as a modern console, but of course features ASUS’s signature red and black ROG design.
ZOTAC was among many different companies showing off Steam Machines at GDC this year. Although weirdly named the SN970 this Steam Machine is no joke featuring an unspecified 6th-generation Intel Skylake CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPU.
At CES we had a chance to sit down with iBUYPOWER to talk about their upcoming Steam Machine. They have a very interesting take on the whole Steam Machine idea and their pricing of $499 to start really does reflect that.
The guys over at iFixit got their hands on one of the Valve’s Steam Machine prototypes and they decided to do what they do best, take it apart. Their teardown shows you exactly what is inside the steam machine and how easy it is to open one up, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one.
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