ZOTAC just revealed their very first Steam machine and it’s shaping up pretty good with a GTX 960 at the heart of its core, and small console-like form factor at 8x8x2 Inches. The ZOTAC NEN, as the company calls it, also features a 6th generation Intel Core i5-6400T CPU with 4-cores and a Turbo Boost at 2.8GHz.
- CPU: 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6400T Skylake processor (quad-core, 2.2 GHz, Turboboost up to 2.8 GHz)
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (192-bit, 3GB GDDR5)
- Display Output: 4 x HDMI
- Storage: 1 x 1TB 2.5?? SATA HDD with available 1 x M.2 SATA SSD slot
- Memory: 8GB memory (up to 16GB, one slot free)
- Connectivity: Dual gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- SteamOS pre-installed and bundled with one Steam Controller
The ZOTAC NEN is a simple looking no-frills Steam Machine, with a single PCB design accommodating both the CPU and the GPU. ZOTAC said that the NEN is whisper quiet and cool which should be the end-product of Two radial fans with good amount of heatsink cooling the CPU and GPU individually.
Additionally, Valve’s SteamOS is pre-installed inside the 1TB HDD, and that said, ZOTAC’s making sure that all of the components are SteamOS compatible. But, do note that not all Steam games are SteamOS compatible. You could install another OS if you like, and the onboard M.2 SATA SSD slot might be the trick. The NEN is powered by an external power brick, with a single Steam Controller (Supports up to 4) included.
No pricing or availability has been announced so far. STay tuned for more info.