What Steam Box Isn't ...
A steam box is a long, sealed container used to steam wooden planks for the purpose of making them pliable. Once steamed and then fastened or clamped into the desired position and left to dry, the wood will hold the new shape. Steam boxes allow for much more efficient use of wood. Instead of cutting the desired shape away from a large and more expensive piece of wood and leaving much scrap to be discarded, steam boxes allow for a smaller piece to be bent in the general shape and leaving much less scrap. Steam boxes also allow the wood to bend beyond its dry breaking point, which is useful in making extreme curves with the wood. In many cases, the bent piece is stronger than an identical piece cut from larger stock. Steam bending wood allows the wood grain to follow the bend, leaving it strong where a piece cut from larger stock would snap across crosscut grains or laminated joints.
The largest steam boxes are used in boat building to bend the large planks for the frame and hull. However, smaller ones are used in making a variety of consumer items, such as rocking chairs, musical instruments and walking canes.
What Steam Box Is ...
Steam Box is a Linux-based game console that is being constructed by Valve, the developers of Steam, and Xi3. Computer manufacturer, Xi3, takes the role of designing the hardware of the Steam Box. The Steam Box will incorporate the Steam software in order to create a new console. Steam serves as a marketplace for games produced by Valve and other game developers. This console is rumored that it will dominate in the competition between the other video game consoles and high-end computers because the Steam Box will be affordable, open sourced, allow for cross-platform gaming, and surpass the hardware component of most high-end computers.
GPU: Some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
CPU: Some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 inches high