Zotac's new NEN Steam Machine has Skylake CPU and Nvidia graphics

Zotac has announced the launch of its Steam gaming machine called the NEN Steam Machine. The device is powered by the 6th Gen Intel Core i-5 processor and has 8GB RAM.

Published Date
03 - Nov - 2015
| Last Updated
01 - Mar - 2016
 
Zotac’s new NEN Steam Machine has Skylake CPU and Nvidia graphics

A lot of manufacturers have committed to the Steam machine but unfortunately none of them have made their debut in India. That might change soon. Zotac, a company known for manufacturing graphic cards and ZBOX Mini PCs is launching a steam machine. Unfortunately, there is no information available about the price point or availability of the machine. Zotac claims that the NEN Steam Machine isn’t just a PC running the Steam OS. Zotac says, “It (the NEN Steam Machine) is engineered from the ground up to game with the mechanics of the PC fused with the genetics of console to be the most powerful small form Steam Machine.” 

Coming to the specifications of the NEN Steam Machine, the device has 8GB RAM expandable to 16GB, 1 x 1TB 2.5" SATA HDD and 1 x M.2 SATA SSD slot. The 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6400T 2.2GHz quad-core process coupled with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics card powers the device. It has 4HDMI outs making it ideal for a multi-monitor setup. Here is a detailed look at the specifications.

Product

NEN Steam Machine

Memory

8GB Memory (up to 16GB)

one slot free

Storage

1 x 1TB 2.5" SATA HDD 

1 x M.2 SATA SSD slot

CPU

6th Gen Intel Core i5-6400T quad-core processor

2.2GHz (Turboboost up to 2.8 GHz)

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (192-bit, 3GB GDDR5)

Display Options

4 x HDMI 2.0

Card Reader

3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)

Ethernet

Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Wi-Fi

802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0

USB Ports

3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C, 2 x USB 2.0

Audio

HDMI Audio 

Headphone 

Microphone

DirectX Support

12

HDCP

Yes

OS

SteamOS pre-installed

Controller

One Steam Controller bundled

The steam machine is a great concept for PC gamers. it's a machines that offers great hardware and unlike consoles which can’t be upgraded, some Steam machines give users the ability to not only customise the hardware but upgrade it as well. The Steam controller, which comes bundled with a steam machine, is a unique take on gaming controllers moving slightly away from traditional gaming controllers but still sticking to the core that defines consoles controllers. 

Another advantage that a steam machine has is the library of games. Sure, with backwards compatibility, the Xbox One has a dynamically larger games library but the PC has the largest library of legacy content. Time for the PS4 to introduce backwards compatibility?

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