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Mere months after the announcement by Valve about its intention to create a new gaming platform known as a Steambox, computer builder Maingear has announced its own plans to produce its own version of the device.
"The Spark is a first for Maingear, this extremely small and powerful gaming box will make gamers really look at what they want in a small form factor PC." said Wallace Santos, CEO and founder of the company. "We have been working with Valve for over a year building what we think is a great performing tiny PC with tons of storage for games and entertainment, we are very excited to be releasing this soon."
Weighing in at less than a pound, the Maingear Spark offers a small yet powerful portable gaming platform.
As designed, the Spark will come equipped with either a 2.1 or 3.1GHz AMD processor, an AMD Radeon R9 M275X GDDR5 2GB GPU, and as much as 16GB of RAM. Additionally, it will feature four USB 3.0 ports, one mSATA slot to supports SD up to 356GB, and a 2.5" HHD tray supporting SATA III 6Gb/s. The Spark will also boast a WiFi with Bluetooth combo mini-PCIe card that supports both WiFi IEEE 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. Furthermore, gamers can get the full PC gaming experience with the support for HDMI and the DisplayPort that can power 2 displays simultaneously if desired.
"The AMD A8-5575M CPU and the AMD Radeon R9 M275X GPU are a perfect fit for Maingear's Spark Steambox solution," said Ritche Corpus, Director of ISV Gaming and Alliances, AMD. "Both AMD and Maingear are dedicated to pushing the performance envelope when it comes to PC gaming solutions. AMD is proud to provide top tier components for Maingear's amazing small and powerful PC, designed with gamers in mind."
Maingear's Spark Steambox PC will be available with Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1, or SteamOS. The company has not yet released any pricing information nor an exact release date other than to state that it will be made available in the mid-to-late first quarter of 2014.