Maingear's Spark Steam Machine is as powerful as it is tiny


With a footprint less than half the size of a 5-inch cube, Maingear's new SPARK PC might not immediately instill you with awe. Take a look under its teensy tiny hood, however, and you'll likely change your tune. This little candy apple is a gaming rig masquerading as a mini PC.

The SPARK obviously can't compare to a high-end Steam Machine like the newly announced Bolt II, but it does alright for a PC that's absolutely tiny. It'll be built around 2.1GHz-3.1GHz AMD A8-5575M processors with four threads, AMD Radeon R9-M275X with 2GB of fast GDDR5 video RAM, and up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM. On top of that, it supports solid state storage of up to 356GB, ensuring faster startup speeds. It comes with SteamOS installed and you can choose to have Windows 7 or 8.1. (We know there are people who miss the Start menu.)

Support for dual displays, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0 and the prerequisite Wi-Fi round out the features, making this little red box everything you need to get both a full PC experience and a great Steam Machine. The entire computer weighs less than a single pound — 0.89 pounds to be precise — and Maingear says that they have been working with Valve behind the scenes for at least a year to make SPARK happen. The tiny PC's price has yet to be announced, but Maingear says that it will be affordable. We'll just have to wait and see what Maingear thinks that means.


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