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Alienware Steam Machine 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB Aug 2016
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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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10 Reasons For

Only Released Four Months Ago

The Steam Machine was only relased by Alienware four months ago. Newer personal computers like this one are likely to use more advanced technology.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on comparable spec PCs that came out in the last year.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

When compared to other latest few processor core computers that we have assessed the maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of, the Steam Machine's maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest. The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of few processor core computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Steam Machine is 5GB, and the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1.7GB to 64GB.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Steam Machine have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 790MHz and 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,000MHz. When compared to other desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine that we have assessed, the Steam Machine's on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz is one of the fastest.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is typical of many comparable spec desktop computers that were released in 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 all the other HDD computers to this personal computer and we think cheaper computers such as the Alienware Alpha[plb_2851089_price], the DELL 3650[plb_3437520_price], and the HP 260 G2[plb_3843085_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a computer with a faster storage speed then you might also want to look at the OptiPlex 3040[pl_3242114_price] (SSD), or the OptiPlex 3040[pl_3361212_price] (SSD) both from DELL which is also cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on few processor core computers that came out around the same time as it.

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Two HDMI Port

The Steam Machine has more HDMI port than most of the few processor core computers that have been available for the last year. Most of the few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Steam Machine only have one HDMI port, however this Alienware personal computer has two HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many latest comparable spec desktop computers.

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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 few processor core computers that came out in the last year.

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Very Short

The Steam Machine is one of the shorter few processor core computers that came out in the last year (only 55 millimeters) amongst comparable spec PCs of this age. The average height of few processor core computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine is 230mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Alienware Personal Computers Only Have Unexceptional Reviews

Alienware few processor core computers have unexceptional reviews on average and across all personal computers Alienware is one of the ok brands.

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the Steam Machine of only 200 megahertz is one of the slowest amongst new few processor core computers. Few processor core computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Steam Machine have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 100MHz and 690MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 320MHz.

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

Most few processor core computers that have been around for around the same time as the Steam Machine have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Steam Machine which has two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

At only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Steam Machine has a quite slow max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine. Personal computers that were released around the same time as the Steam Machine have max memory bandwidth supported processor of between 21GB/s and 35GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 30GB/s.

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Only 4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Steam Machine supports a 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version which is better than most comparable spec personal computers that came out in the last 12 months. Most few processor core computers that came out 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 in fact the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version amongst all new desktop computers.

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

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

The Alienware Steam Machine has a quite slow memory clock speed supported by processor (only 1,333 megahertz) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Steam Machine. Across all the newly released comparable spec desktop computers the memory clock speeds supported by processors range from 1,300MHz to 1,900MHz, and the average memory clock speed supported by processor is 1,500MHz.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

At only 500 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a fairly small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other recently released few processor core computers. Across all the latest few processor core computers the hard drive capacity range from 500GB to 1TB.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 500GB hard drive capacity PCs currently available including the Alienware Alpha[plb_2851089_price], the DELL 5040[plb_3143732_price], or the Fujitsu P556[plb_3186785_price] which is cheaper.

Desktop computers with a bigger hard drive capacity that might also be worth looking at include the HP 460-p035na[plb_3700374_price] (1TB and cheaper) or the Lenovo 510s[plb_3784745_price] (1TB and higher rated).

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many similar spec computers that have been around for the last year.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Steam Machine is a two USB 2.0 port personal computer. Most of the other latest similar spec PCs have between one and five USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Alienware Steam Machine has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 16 gigabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age. Comparable spec desktop computers that were launched in the last year have maximum internal memory of between 4GB and 64GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 19GB.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

With a system bus data transfer rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Alienware Steam Machine has one of the lower system bus data transfer rates amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age. The lowest system bus data transfer rate of recently released personal computers is 5GT/s and the highest is 8GT/s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Steam Machine

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 3.2 gigahertz, the Steam Machine has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other latest few processor core computers.

There are a number of alternative 3.2GHz processor clock speed desktop computers currently available that you might also want to look at including the Alienware Alpha[plb_3368857_price], or the Fujitsu Q556[plb_3219231_price] which is cheaper.

If this few processor core PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the Lenovo E73[plb_3674642_price] (3.6GHz and cheaper), the Acer Veriton X2640G[plb_3426584_price] (3.7GHz and cheaper), or the DELL 3650[plb_3437520_price] (3.7GHz and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that were launched around the same time as the Steam Machine.

We compared this computer to all the other 500GB total storage capacity desktop computers and we think a cheaper desktop computer such as the Alienware Alpha[plb_2851089_price], and the HP 400 G3[plb_3355511_price] or you might consider a higher scoring desktop computer such as the HP 260 G1[plb_3288098_price] are also worth considering.

Desktop computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth looking at include the HP 460-p035na[plb_3700374_price] (1TB and cheaper), or the Acer Veriton X2640G[plb_3723713_price] (1TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other computers that have been available for a similar time to the Steam Machine.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4GB memory desktop computers currently available including the Alienware Alpha[plb_2851089_price], the DELL 5040[plb_3143732_price], or the HP 400 G3[plb_3355511_price] which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the Lenovo 510s[plb_3784745_price] (8GB and higher rated) or the HP 460-p035na[plb_3700374_price] (8GB and cheaper).

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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
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Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
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Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
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Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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

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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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