On paper, a Steam Machine with a dedicated Steam operating system sounds like a remarkable product, but many users are unfamiliar with any Linux OS, and Steam is still working on the final controller design. We first heard about Steam Machines all the way back in 2011, and each year, we hear a little bit more via leaks and beta testers. Without a final design for the controller, any official Steam Machine is on hold.
Since the world is now waiting on a controller, and there isn't a shortage of gaming controllers for PCs on the market, some companies have taken advantage of Steam's Big Picture Mode to make Steam Machine clone systems. These clone systems run familiar Windows operating systems that boot directly into Steam, without the hassles and complications of Linux.
Specifications, Pricing, and Availability
The new CyberPowerPC Syber Gaming Vapor is one such machine. The Syber Gaming series is currently offered in three configurations that range in price from $599 to $1499. Today we're testing the Vapor A model that is based on an AMD Athlon x4 processor, and is the lowest priced model of the group.
Given that a majority of users will connect the Vapor A to televisions that run 1920x1080 resolutions, users won't need premium hardware to run maximum image quality settings. The Vapor A's quad-core AMD processor, paired with a Radeon R9 270 GPU, provides high frame rates at high-quality settings in most games available today.
If you have already jumped on the 4K bandwagon, CyberPowerPC also offers two upscale models, both based on Intel processors, and accompanied by NVIDIA video cards. For nearly $1500, gamers with money to spend can get the fastest consumer Intel processor with NVIDIA's fastest video card. The two higher priced Vapor products double both storage and DRAM capacity over the entry-level Vapor A.
All three systems are available in either a black or white console style case that is roughly 1.5x larger than a PlayStation 3. The case design provides several open vents for superb cooling. This keeps the system nearly silent, even after several hours of playing the most demanding games.
Along with the system, you also receive a Logitech game controller, and a Syber branded mini keyboard / touchpad controller that is surprisingly effective for its size. We'll talk more about the accessories in our device experience section.
There are two places to purchase Syber Gaming branded products. The first is sybergaming.com where you can purchase base systems like those listed above. If you want to customize a system, users can go to CyberPowerPC.com, start with one of the three base configurations, and choose from pretested components. This allows you to start with a system like our base model Vapor A, and then upgrade the storage from a 500GB HDD to a 500GB SSD, or from 4GB of DDR3 DRAM to 8GB or 16GB. The prices for components are among the lowest on the market, and are comparable to Newegg and Amazon pricing.
The Syber Gaming series uses off-the-shelf components, so as gaming technology progresses, you can update your Vapor gaming machine at home, or at a qualified PC service center. Let's take a look at the system, and then talk about our experience.
PRICING: You can find the Syber Vapor I SVIB100 Desktop for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Syber Vapor I SVIB100 Desktop retails for $699.00 at Amazon.
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