"Alienware's Steam Machine is considerably smaller than both the Xbox One and PS4. With a 8" by 8" square design and roughly 3" tall, the chassis is ultra-compact. It comes equipped with two USB 3.0 ports on the front, but on the back, it will ship with an optical audio connector,and an ethernet jack.
Most notably, like the Xbox One, the Alienware Steam Machine will have both an HDMI input and an HDMI output."
"But what about under the hood? Alienware is once again keeping its plans close to its chest, but the PC maker has confirmed that it will use an Intel-based CPU and a discrete Nvidia GPU. Given its diminutive size, a model from Nvidia's unannounced next-generation of laptop GPUs seems likely. In terms of performance, Alienware says it surpasses both the Xbox One and the PS4 in raw power, and the company is targeting native resolutions of 1080p."
"From there, the two models -- the $499 Steam Machine A and the $699 Steam Machine I -- differ in terms of processors and video cards. The A model sports a 3.9 GHz AMD A6-6400K and 2GB AMD Radeon R9 270, while the I model features a 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3-4330 and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760."
"Both are said to be customizable, although just what options will be available to consumers were not announced. The $499 and $699 price tags and base prices for each model."
"The Alternate rig includes the same boxy design and a 1TB SSHD. Under the hood, you'll find an Intel Core i5 4570 processor, and a Gigabyte GTX 760 handling the GPU work. 16GB of RAM round out the major component features, and the whole thing will set you back $1,339 USD."
"The super compact design of the Brix Pro definitely lends itself to sitting next to your HDTV, while the 1TB HDD offers plenty of room for storing Steam OS games."
"The Gigabyte Steam Machine includes an Intel Core i7-4770R processor, an Intel Iris Pro 5200 chipset for handling graphics duties, and 8GB of RAM (2 x 4GB). The Brix Pro also includes four USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port."
"The Materiel.net machine is equipped with an Intel Core i5 4440 CPU and graphics will be powered by a MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC. The machine will have 8GB of RAM, and storage will be 8GB plus 1TB SSHD.
The Materiel.net Steam Machine will set punters back $1,098 USD."
"Zotac's tiny model was revealed to have an RRP of $599 USD.
The details of the Zotac machine's Intel processor, its NVIDIA GeForce GTX, and its RAM and storage have yet to be revealed, although the official press release on the model called its processor "enthusiast-class" and GTX "upcoming performance-class.""
"The Steam OS-ready device looks more like a portable HDD than a powerful PC, but that may prove just the right form factor is you're looking to buy a Steam Machine to blend in with your home theater setup.
Priced at $1,090 USD (approx. £665 GBP/1,219 AUD), the NC10 features what appears to be an aluminum housing around its 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 4000M. On the GPU side, the NC10 features an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M, backed up by 8GB of RAM. The Scan Steam Machine comes standard with 500GB of storage."
"The Webhallen machine's price range starts at $1,499 USD –– as far as the recently revealed Steam Machines go, this is one of the more expensive choices. The Webhallen starts with an Intel Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 780 GPU.
The Webhallen machine also starts with a 16GB RAM, as well as 1TB of SSHD storage."
"Starting at $1,799 USD, announced prices for the Falcon Steam Machine can apparently run as high as $6,000 USD.
The CPU was only listed as "customizable" in tonight's release, but given the price, we're assuming you can pack some fairly powerful 4th-gen Intel Core i7 processors into the Tiki. But the most expensive factor to the Tiki may be its powerful Nvidia GeForce Titan GPU. Memory ranges from 8Gb to 16Gb, and storage options can go as high as 6TB."
"The Next Spa starts with an Intel i5 processor, alongside an NVIDIA GTX 760 GPU. Like most of the other Steam Machines, the Next Spa has 8GB of RAM; this machine has 1TB of storage, though."
"The SBX was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in conjunction with Valve's CES press conference. Today's reveal dealt more with iBuyPower's vision for the SBX -- including the fact that it's designed first and foremost as a gaming platform -- rather than the hardware that comprises it. It did state the system will be coming "later in 2014" for $499, runs Steam OS, comes with a Steam Controller, and is available in two colors: matte black and white.
When it was first revealed last year, iBuyPower said it would sport a multicore AMD CPU, but today's press release mentions AMD and Intel options for the processor. The video card, on the other hand, will be an AMD card; last year, it was said to be a 2GB AMD R9 270. There were no details made available regarding storage or memory."
"The system, which Maingear refers to as a Steambox PC, rather than as a Steam Machine, as Valve likes to call them, weighs in at 0.89 pounds and is housed inside a case measuring (W)4.5" x (H)2.34" x (D)4.23" . Maingear says it's the smallest gaming PC system it's ever assembled.
It comes equipped with a four-thread AMD A85575M (with individual thread speeds ranging from 2.1 to 3.1 GHz), a 2GB AMD Radeon R9 M275X, 2x SODIMM RAM slots (up to 16GB supported), and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 3.0. A standard hard drive isn't listed among the system's specs, but it does feature an mSATA slot for SSDs as large as 256GB and a slot for a 2.5" SATA III 6Gb/s HDD.
Unlike certain Steam Machines, the Maingear Spark doesn't have to come running with Valve's Linux-based Steam OS. While that is an option, buyers are free to choose from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Also of note is the fact that the Spark doesn't include aSteam Controller."
"Based upon the company's existing line of small form factor PCs, the Chronos Steam Machine will offer support for up to dual Nvidia SLE GeForce GTX Titan GPUs, 14TBs of storage, and a liquid CPU cooling system. The system will be built-to-order and customizable from top to bottom, ranging from chassis color to component specifications and pre-configured overclocking. Optional dual-boot upgrades will allow users to swap between Valve's Linux-based Steam OS and Windows 7 or Windows 8 on the fly."