Posted on December 16, 2013, Devin Connors Video: Valve’s Steam Machine Gets A Proper Teardown
Corey Nelson has turned his YouTube page into a nice little hub for all things SteamOS and Steam Machines. Along with showing off the controller and the Linux-based SteamOS itself, he’s posted a proper teardown of Valve’s off-the-shelf beta hardware, embedded above.
The components are pretty standard fare — what looks like an Nvidia GTX 780 GPU, along with a 2.5-inch hard drive and a completely custom case (although its screws and such are, thankfully, not exotic in the slightest). The case, and the way it holds both the graphics card and CPU heatsink, should allow for decent airflow, even in such a compact space. The space where the GPU is housed has a dropped floor of sorts, so there’s a space below where the GPU fan sits to keep airflow optimal. He also shows a second, unused SATA connector — the case supports two 2.5-inch hard drives, so you could easily keep SteamOS on one, and drop Windows 7 or 8 on another.