The first computer/game consoles running Valve’s SteamOS should begin shipping in November. Valve calls the systems Steam machines, and says about a dozen partners will be launching models.
One of those partners is Zotac, which just unveiled the Zotac Steam Machine SN970, a small form-factor gaming PC that will ship with SteamOS.
The SN970 features an Intel processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics, 64GB of solid state storage, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. It features 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.
It supports 4K output and up to four displays thanks to four HDMI ports and also features four USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports as well as an SD card slot and mic and headphone jacks.
Zotac used to be best known for making graphics cards and motherboards, but the company has also been producing tiny desktop computers for the past few years. Up until recently most of those were barebones mdoels that shipped without an operating system, but in 2014 Zotac started pre-loading Windows 8.1 with Bing software on some models.
The upcoming Steam Machine SN970 though, will be the first gaming computer from the company that comes as full system, complete with memory, storage, and an operating system designed for managing and playing games.
Update: According to the Steam website, the Zotac Steam Machins SN970 will ship with an Intel Skylake 6th-gen Core processor and sell for $999.
via Legit Reviews
Their closest current model I think is the EN760 Plus, which is around $700 at retail for a core i5 4200U with a single stick 8 GB RAM, a 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive, Windows 8.1, and a 760M discrete GPU. A 970M will offer pretty decent performance, definitely beyond what a PS4 is capable of, but I would guess this’ll be at least $800. Probably no more than $999.99.
Zotac: VERB: The process of thermal throttling or failure.
Being the recipient or victim of a cheap, poorly engineered PC.
“My system just Zotaced because the fan failed”
“Oh man you got Zotaced”
I have a Zotac EN760 and it’s never thermal throttled like the piece of shit Gigabyte Brix. Have you even owned a Zotac system? I went to GDC to see this Zotac system, even Valve told me Zotac system is their personal favorite and it is fully capable of MXM GPU upgrade! Bunch of idiots on this forum posting factless comments.
I read that the price will be around 1000$. There is also a picture of the innards of the pc.
My source (in Bulgarian):
No CPU or price announced. Sounds like they’re just trying to toss their hat in the ring.
Apparently its going to run a quad-core Skylake i5. And in typical Zotac fashion, it will be cooled by hopes and dreams.
And price ?
Announcing a device without the price is useless. Might as well not have made an announcement at all.
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