iFixit’s teardown of Valve’s Steam Machine revealed that the total cost of the hardware in the machine to be $1300.
Valve sent out 300 Steam Machines to beta testers last week in wonderfully packaged wooden crates. The iFixit crew managed to get their hands on one of the boxes, and dug in to see the kind of hardware that is included in the box.
The Steam Machine itself features a power button at the front, along with two USB 3.0 ports. All other ports and connectors are at the back of the device. Included at the back is a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Dual-link DVI, and DisplayPort out, S/PDIF digital audio out, eSATA and RJ-45 Ethernet connector.
Valve has said that this version of the Steam Machine is a prototype, and that it will launch different variants of the Steam Machines across different price segments. So the internal hardware details might vary from the final Steam Machines that Valve will debut.
Since there were only 300 units built, it looks like Valve marked each individual unit by filing the paint away off one of the 300 grill holes that are there on the unit.
Now onto the hardware: At the heart of the Steam Machine is a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780 3 GB GDDR5 video card, which is currently retailing for $499.99. The GTX 780 is one of the fastest video cards available in the market today, and features 2304 stream processors clocking in at863 MHz base / 900 MHz boost. The 3 GB GDDR5 RAM runs at 6008 MHz, and Valve does not seem to have made any modifications to the card as such.
The motherboard on the Steam Machine is an ASRock Z87E-ITX mini-ITX board. Valve has included two Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 GB DDR3 (PC3 12800) RAM sticks on the board, bringing total on-board memory to 16 GB. The processor is an Intel Haswell 3.2 GHz Core i5-4570 that comes with a Zalman CNPS 2X Mini-ITX CPU cooler. The hard drive on the machine is a 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM014 SSHD with a 64 MB cache. Should you need more storage, there is the ability to connect a second hard disc.
Powering the machine is a SilverStone SST-ST45SF-G 450W power supply, which is a curious choice as the GTX 780 is power hungry. Throughout the system, it looks like Valve has stuck with off-the-shelf components, which makes it easy to dissemble and put the unit back together. Click here to get a list of the price of the hardware that is included in the Steam Machine.
As such, the iFixit crew doled out a repairability score of 9 out of 10 for the Steam Machine, with the only issues being cable routing, which ideally requires a service manual, and motherboard cowling, which made access to the RAM harder.