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

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4 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB Aug 2016
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12 Reasons For

Just Released Four Months Ago

This personal computer has only been on the market for four months. Newer desktop computers like this one are likely to use better technology.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on medium processor core PCs that came out in the last 12 months.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,150 megahertz, the Steam Machine has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Steam Machine. Latest medium processor core PCs have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 500MHz and 1,400MHz.

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Alienware Has Good Reviews for Its PCs

We calculated the average reviews for all Alienware PCs and also specifically for Alienware medium processor core PCs and found that in both cases Alienware had good reviews.

Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The Steam Machine has one of the bigger total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) amongst similar spec personal computers of this age. The smallest total storage capacity of personal computers that have been available for the last year is 32GB, the biggest is 3.3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 740GB.

There are a number of other 1TB total storage capacity computers currently available which you might also want to look at including the DELL 3650[plb_3072486_price], or the HP 400 G2.5[plb_3288096_price] which is cheaper.

Personal computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth looking at include the 460-p059na[pl_3700375_price] (2TB), or the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB) both from HP or the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB) which is also cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many recently released medium processor core PCs.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Steam Machine is a two HDMI port personal computer. Most of the other latest medium processor core PCs only have one HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This desktop computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Shallow

The average depth of medium processor core PCs that were launched in the last 12 months is 330mm, and the depths range from 33mm to 600mm. At only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Steam Machine is fairly shallow compared to most of the other similar spec desktop computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Steam Machine.

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Very Light

The Steam Machine is one of the lighter new medium processor core PCs (only 1.8 kilograms) amongst medium processor core PCs of this age. The average weight of new computers is 6.6kg, and the weights range from 38g to 16kg.

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Very Short

The Steam Machine is quite short (only 55 millimeters) compared to most of the other latest medium processor core PCs. Across all the recently released comparable spec computers the heights range from 10mm to 560mm, and the average height is 280mm.

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17 Reasons Against

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.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of desktop computers that have been around for the last year is 34GB/s, and the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 10GB/s to 77GB/s. With a max memory bandwidth supported processor of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Steam Machine has one of the slower max memory bandwidth supported processor amongst desktop computers of this age.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

At only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Steam Machine has a quite small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other recently released PCs. Across all the newly released medium processor core PCs the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 1.6TB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 99GB.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for the last year the processor clock speeds range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz. When compared to other recently released medium processor core PCs that we have checked the processor clock speed of, the Steam Machine's processor clock speed of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest.

If this desktop computer processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the 460-p059na[pl_3700375_price] (2.2GHz), or the 400 G2[pl_3746914_price] (2.5GHz) both from HP which is also cheaper.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

At only 1,333 megahertz, the Steam Machine has a fairly slow memory clock speed supported by processor compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine. The memory clock speeds supported by processors of latest similar spec personal computers range from 800MHz to 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed supported by processor is 1,700MHz.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This PC supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for the last year.

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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 most comparable spec computers that were released in the last year. Most medium processor core PCs that are a similar age to it support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. The best on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version of all latest computers is 4.4 and the worst is 4.

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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 desktop computers that are a similar age to the Steam Machine. The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of recently released desktop computers is 1GB and the biggest is 64GB.

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Only IEEE 802.11a WiFi Standard

This computer supports an IEEE 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is typical of many latest similar spec desktop computers.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Alienware Steam Machine is a two USB 2.0 port computer. Most of the other recently released medium processor core PCs have between one and seven USB 2.0 ports.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Steam Machine is a two USB 3.0 port personal computer. Most of the other recently released medium processor core PCs have between one and seven USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers that were released in the last year. The average maximum internal memory of computers that have been available for a similar time to the Steam Machine is 42GB.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The processor caches of PCs that are a similar age to the Steam Machine range from 2MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB. The Steam Machine has a quite small processor cache (only 6 megabytes) compared to most of the other latest similar spec computers.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The Steam Machine is a four processor thread computer. Most of the other medium processor core PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Steam Machine have between four and seven processor threads.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

Across all the comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Steam Machine the memory clock speeds range from 1,000MHz to 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,900MHz. At only 1,600 megahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other newly released desktop computers.

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Quite Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

At only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Steam Machine has a fairly low system bus data transfer rate compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Steam Machine. The average system bus data transfer rate of medium processor core PCs that are a similar age to the Steam Machine is 7.2GT/s, and the system bus data transfer rates range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine. Computers that are a similar age to the Steam Machine have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.8GHz and 4.2GHz.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Steam Machine

Average Hard Drive Capacity

The Alienware Steam Machine has a relatively typical hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that came out in the last year.

We compared all the other 1TB hard drive capacity personal computers to this personal computer and we think the Fujitsu P556[plb_3148219_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this computer hard drive capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the 460-p059na[pl_3700375_price] (2TB), or the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB) both from HP or the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine.

We compared all the other 8GB memory computers to this computer and we think the DELL 5040[plb_3140759_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this desktop computer internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (16GB and cheaper).

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on similar spec computers that have been available for the last year. 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.

We compared this computer to all the other HDD desktop computers and we think cheaper desktop computers such as the ProDesk 600 SFF[pl_2404729_price], and the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] both from HP or the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a personal computer with a faster storage speed then you might also want to consider the DELL 5040[plb_3140759_price] (SSD), or the HP ProDesk 400 G3 SFF[plb_3187993_price] (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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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...

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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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