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Fantastic!! The Xi3 didn't feel anywhere near the power a Steambox would need to be successful for a handful of years.
   
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I think the most sensible price point to aim for is approx ~350$. You can have reasonably decent hardware (by the console standard) which is capable of driving source engine at max settings at 30+ fps at 1920x1080 as long as you limit the AA to reasonable levels. Something on the lines of ~3 GHz dualcore, 4 to 8 GB of RAM, a 6770 or 7770 GFx card, perhaps even 6850 or 6870 if they get a good bulk deal. Approx 500 GB HDD. I was able to build something like that for approx that budget a little while ago and that was with 20% VAT.
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A Sempron 140, unlocked to dualcore, OC'd to 250 FBS and a 4870 GFX card, 8 GB of RAM and 640 GB HDD. All in crap 10 euro case and some arbitary cheap 400 W PSU.

Or even an HD6670.
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post #143 of 161
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Or even an HD6670.

Meh, I'd rather something better than a 6670. I have a laptop with a 6770M GDDR5 (6750M but it's OCed to 800:900 which is actually higher than a 6770M according to notebookcheck) which is very similar to the 6670. I really wish I had something more powerful. It can handle any steam games fine, but new stuff it really has problems with. I can't bear Planetside 2 on it, and wasn't a fan of BF3 either (too low of a framerate for a twitchy fps). I just play BFBC2 and Supcom with it nowadays, but I still wish I had something with more power.

I would say it needs a midrange card, by the time it comes out AMD might be on the 9000 series cards, so a 9770 or 9850 would be great. 6670 is too close to low-range, it's like a real low-end midrange card imho. Obsolete pretty fast, I bought this laptop late 2011 and I don't even expect it to get 30fps at lowest settings in this year's games (barely manageable with new titles now).
post #144 of 161
I put a 6670 in my friends budget build it's a decent card. I just put a 7750 in a customer build and it scored a 7.5 WEI not that i put much emphasis on WEI but, i bet it can touch a 4850.
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I put a 6670 in my friends budget build it's a decent card. I just put a 7750 in a customer build and it scored a 7.5 WEI not that i put much emphasis on WEI but, i bet it can touch a 4850.

 

The HD7750 is an all around better card than the HD4850. 

 

It's about 15% faster, with higher memory bandwidth, and better Pixel Fill Rate. The vertex side of the GPU's are about spot on with the HD7750 just being ~2% faster. 

Though, that only matters in high levels of AA & AF, which you won't be using on a 1GB mid-range GPU. 

 

At 1080p, the difference of the HD7750 & HD4850 would really show. 

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I put a 6670 in my friends budget build it's a decent card. I just put a 7750 in a customer build and it scored a 7.5 WEI not that i put much emphasis on WEI but, i bet it can touch a 4850.

The HD7750 is an all around better card than the HD4850. 

It's about 15% faster, with higher memory bandwidth, and better Pixel Fill Rate. The vertex side of the GPU's are about spot on with the HD7750 just being ~2% faster. 
Though, that only matters in high levels of AA & AF, which you won't be using on a 1GB mid-range GPU. 

At 1080p, the difference of the HD7750 & HD4850 would really show. 

not to mention the heat and power difference.
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Valve must be crazy if they think that I will follow them to Linux. The old man is losing his mind.
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Valve will have to launch something really cool with the steam box that people have to have. Maybe it will be some sort of VR or something else entirely. I do know that Gabe has been in the industry for a long time and valve IMO is the best company by far to make something like a Steam box awesome.

I'll buy one no matter what just to support a great company.
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Valve must be crazy if they think that I will follow them to Linux. The old man is losing his mind.
I think you assume that the "Steam Box" would use Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment.
I actually think that they would have something very similar to Big Picture with a couple of additions.

In other words, they are taking advantage of the Linux kernel.
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Valve must be crazy if they think that I will follow them to Linux. The old man is losing his mind.
I think you assume that the "Steam Box" would use Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment.
I actually think that they would have something very similar to Big Picture with a couple of additions.

In other words, they are taking advantage of the Linux kernel.

and the GNU userland. and the debian package management. Really, all likely hood it will be ubuntu where steam starts on boot into big picture and with all the needed libs for different games installed by default, and with tested and working proprietary drivers. The kernel it self isn't that important- they could do the same thing with FreeBSD or any other *nix. they are only using linux because it has a larger user base, basically as a test bed. My money would say the only reason they even started on linux is because of the steambox in the first place.
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