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iBuyPower Launching An AMD-Based Steam Machine

Valve

Published on 26 November 2013 08:17 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve
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Word has now gotten out that iBuyPower is planning to introduce their own Steam Machines device next year that is powered by the Linux-based SteamOS and will be using an AMD processor and AMD graphics.

The first iBuyPower Steam Machine is expected to be powered by an AMD processor and is said to have a Radeon R9 270 graphics card. It's nice to see it's not a problematic R9 290 GPU and the R9 270X works well under Linux when using the Catalyst driver. The iBuyPower device will surely be using the binary blob for better OpenGL support and performance with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver being only half-baked for GCN hardware.

The AMD-powered iBuyPower Steam Machines device is expected to come in just shy of $500 USD. A couple more details on this iBuyPower system can be found courtesy of The Verge. More details on different Steam Machines should be revealed in January during CES.

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