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Alienware Steam Machine 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.2GHz 8GB Apr 2016
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13 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the similar spec PCs that were launched around the same time as the Steam Machine the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 500MHz to 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. At 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine has a very fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other latest comparable spec PCs.

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Only Released Eight Months Ago

This Alienware personal computer was released just eight months ago. Newer computers like this one are likely to use better technology.

Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year the hard drive capacity range from 250GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 910GB. With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Steam Machine has one of the bigger hard drive capacity amongst PCs of this age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 1TB hard drive capacity PCs currently available including cheaper computers such as the Acer Aspire XC-705[plb_2782875_price].

Personal computers with a bigger hard drive capacity that might also be worth considering include the 460-p059na[pl_3700375_price] (2TB), or the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB) both from HP.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the latest medium processor core personal computers the internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB. The Steam Machine has one of the bigger internal memory (8 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8GB memory computers currently available including the Acer Aspire XC-705[plb_2782875_price] which is cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This desktop computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many new PCs.

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Two HDMI Port

The Steam Machine is a two HDMI port computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Steam Machine only have one HDMI port.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Steam Machine is a eight processor thread desktop computer.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 8 megabytes, the Alienware Steam Machine has one of the bigger processor caches amongst similar spec personal computers of this age. Comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the Steam Machine have processor caches of between 2MB and 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.7MB.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on recently released PCs.

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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 personal computers that came out in the last 12 months.

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Very Light

The lightest medium processor core desktop computer that has been on the market for a similar time to the Steam Machine is 38g heavy and the heaviest is 16kg. At only 1.8 kilograms, the Steam Machine is fairly light compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Steam Machine.

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Very Short

The average height of comparable spec PCs that came out in the last 12 months is 280mm, and the heights range from 10mm to 560mm. The Alienware Steam Machine is quite short (only 55 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Steam Machine.

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15 Reasons Against

Alienware Computers Only Have Unexceptional Reviews

Alienware has good ratings for its medium processor core personal computers, however it has unexceptional average ratings when measured across its entire computer range.

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

Most comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Steam Machine have between one and seven 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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Quite 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 latest medium processor core personal computers. Across all the similar spec personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Steam Machine the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 10GB/s to 77GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 34GB/s.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

With a max internal memory supported processor of only 32 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors amongst similar spec computers of this age. The smallest max internal memory supported processor of new similar spec computers is 2GB and the biggest is 1.6TB.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Steam Machine range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 2.2 gigahertz, the Steam Machine has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst PCs of this age.

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the 600 G2[pl_3791237_price] (2.5GHz and cheaper), or the 400 G2[pl_3746914_price] (2.5GHz and cheaper) both from HP.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The Steam Machine supports an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version which is better than most medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as it. Most latest medium processor core personal computers support a 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version. Across all recently released medium processor core personal computers the best on-board graphics adapter DirectX version is 12 and the worst is 11.2/12.

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Only 4.3 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Steam Machine supports a better on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version than most similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This computer supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most newly released medium processor core personal computers support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. The on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version of all recently released computers ranges from 4 to 4.4.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Latest medium processor core personal computers have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1GB and 64GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 8.5GB. At only 1.7 gigabytes, the Alienware Steam Machine has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other latest medium processor core personal computers.

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Only IEEE 802.11a WiFi Standard

This computer supports an IEEE 802.11a|IEEE 802.11ac|IEEE 802.11b|IEEE 802.11g|IEEE 802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many desktop computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The Steam Machine has a greater number of memory slots than most medium processor core personal computers that have been available for the last year. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this computer. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this desktop computer.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most comparable spec PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Steam Machine have between one and seven USB 2.0 ports, including the Alienware Steam Machine which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec computers that have been available for around the same time as the Steam Machine. The maximum internal memory of PCs that are a similar age to the Steam Machine range from 2GB to 260GB.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The Steam Machine has one of the slower memory clock speeds (only 1,600 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as the Steam Machine have memory clock speeds of between 1,600MHz and 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 2,000MHz.

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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 Steam Machine has a fairly low system bus data transfer rate compared to most of the other similar spec desktop computers that were launched in the last 12 months. The system bus data transfer rates of personal computers that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of new personal computers range from 1.8GHz to 4.2GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.6GHz. At only 3.2 gigahertz, the Steam Machine has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Steam Machine.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Steam Machine

Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Steam Machine has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other desktop computers that were launched around the same time as the Steam Machine.

We compared all the other 1TB total storage capacity computers to this PC and we think the Acer Aspire XC-705[plb_2782875_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the 460-p059na[pl_3700375_price] (2TB), or the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB) both from HP.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it. 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative HDD personal computers currently available including cheaper PCs such as the Aspire XC-705[pl_2782875_price], or the Veriton M2610[pl_3430067_price] both from Acer.

If the storage speed of this computer is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the HP ProDesk 400 G3 SFF[plb_3187993_price] (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

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Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
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Total Storage Capacity
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Hard Drive Size
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Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
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On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
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Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
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
Idle States
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
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CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
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Power Supply Input Voltage
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Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
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Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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Display Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
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

(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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