CES 2014: CyberpowerPC’s $500 Steam Machine Unveiled
Its price tag is the same as Microsoft’s Xbox One, but it’s packing slightly more powerful components. It’s CyberpowerPC’s $500 Steam Machine.
The console wars appear to have a serious new contender.
In a press release ahead of its official CES 2014 unveiling, CyberpowerPC provided the following info on its Steam Machines, which it says will arrive in the second half of 2014:
The entry level system follows closely in the footsteps of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in terms of components. All three have AMD Jaguar processors, AMD Radeon GPUs, 500GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM.
But a closer examination reveals the Steam Machine has a distinct advantage. The AMD A4-5000K chips in the PS4 and Xbox One have 8 cores but top out at 1.75GHz. That’s compared to the A6-6400K 3.90 GHz, dual-core chip in CyberPowerPC’s entry level Steam Machine. Further, the AMD Radeon R9 270 GPU in the Steam Machine contains 2.69 TFLOPS compute power compared to the PlayStation 4′s 1.84 TFLOPS and the Xbox One’s 1.31.
To be sure, this is no high-end PC, not even close. But if you’re considering the PS4 or Xbox One in 2014, it appears you should add the Steam Machine to your decision (even if this one in particular does look like a silly futuristic suggestion box). Slightly better hardware, but with Steam plugged in from the get go.
Stay tuned. There are reportedly 12 different companies working on Steam Machines, and we’re expecting to see a bunch of them at CES 2014 this week. We’ll keep you posted.