Steiger Dynamics Unveils the LEET - Extreme HTPC

I posted this on the forum yesterday and it was just a tad premature, as there have been a couple changes to the release since that time (changes I’m proud to say were at least a little bit influenced by our esteemed editing team), so ignore my old post and read on!

Today we present to you a new company, Steiger Dynamics. They are bringing a whole new level of PC to home theaters. Here’s their press release:

STEIGER DYNAMICS Unveils The LEET™ – The World’s First Liquid Cooled & Most Powerful Gaming Home Theater PC (HTPC)

LOS ANGELES, CA – STEIGER DYNAMICS proudly presents the world’s first liquid cooled and most powerful Home Theater PC (HTPC), bringing high-end gaming to the comfort of your living room.

HTPC reinvented

The LEET™ is a full spec, custom-built PC with a distinct design, form factor, and functionality for the living room. By integrating media center, server, and high-end gaming functionality, the LEET™ represents a whole new generation of home computers – blurring the line between enthusiast desktop PCs, gaming consoles, and home entertainment devices. Connected to a Full HD (3D) TV and surround sound system, the LEET™ delivers an unprecedented high-definition gaming and home entertainment experience to the PC, audio, and video enthusiast. Due to its sleek design, ultra-silent operation, and easy integration with other home theater components, the system perfectly blends into any existing living room setup.

“The living room will play an increasing role in PC gaming. Enthusiasts are looking for the maximum graphics and entertainment experience. Needless to say, their modern living room is more suitable for this than their office. With the LEET™ we created a product that will get PC gamers out from behind their desks,” says Martin Hehensteiger (Co-Founder & CEO, STEIGER DYNAMICS).

“We achieved our goal of creating the ultimate no-compromise living room computer with all the performance and functionality one could possibly imagine. Simply put, the LEET™ is the very best HTPC ever built,” says Martin Gossner (Co-Founder & CTO, STEIGER DYNAMICS).

Steiger Dynamics LEET

Steiger Dynamics LEET

Brute Performance

Based on ASUS’ top-of-the-line Z77 and X79 motherboards, the LEET™ supports latest generation Intel Core-i7 four- and six-core processors. State-of-the-art liquid cooling solutions allow overclocking to over 5 GHz while keeping the system extremely silent.

“The LEET™ lives up to its name – it is truly elite,” says Thi La (Senior VP & GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products, Corsair). “Our Neutron GTX SSDs in RAID 0 mode deliver read speeds beyond 1,100 MB/s. And – when it comes to pure system performance and snappiness – the combination with up to 64 GB Dominator Platinum RAM elevates this Home Theater PC into a league of its own.”

Mind-blowing Graphics

The LEET™ features up to a 4K-ready Quad-SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 configuration. Connected to a large screen TV or projector, the LEET™ lets you play latest PC games with astonishing Full HD graphics, all while sitting in the comfort of your couch.

“The LEET™ utilizes the full potential of EVGA NVIDIA based GeForce graphics cards,” says Bob Klase (VP of Sales, EVGA). “It handles with ease the most graphics-intensive current and future games in high-definition and stereoscopic 3D. All while using the highest possible graphics settings. On a large TV, this experience is entrancing and immersive.”

All-in-one Functionality

In addition to high-end gaming, the LEET™ delivers a full-fledged Microsoft® Windows® 8 experience, Blu-ray TM playback in Dolby® TrueHD™, lossless HD Audio®, HD cable TV, and online streaming services like Netflix and Spotify®. The systemstores up to 1,000 Blu-ray TM movies or 3 million MP3s, and its home server functionality allows immediate media streaming to any mobile device.

“The LEET™ creates a user experience that has simply not been offered before. A Home Theater PC with endless functionality and uber performance – that’s really impressive. And thanks to the mutually developed custom liquid cooling solution, it is dead silent,” says Gabe Rouchon (CEO, Swiftech).

Steiger Dynamics LEET

Steiger Dynamics LEET

Freedom of Control

Users have the freedom of choice when it comes to wireless control. Whether they prefer any kind of smartphone or tablet, remote control, touchpad, or mouse and keyboard, the LEET™ offers all these options and more. In addition, users will be able to play games with Xbox 360® controllers or their favorite race and flight simulation gear.

Cameron Helm, a LEET™ trial customer remarked, “playing Battlefield 3 with a wireless mouse and keyboard from my couch worked perfectly. I am very sensitive to input lags and ergonomics, and I felt no difference to my wired desktop setup.”

Engineering Excellence

Pursuing STEIGER DYNAMICS’ no-compromise approach, every system is handcrafted with ingenious passion, uncompromising quality, and unparalleled attention to detail. The exclusively designed hand-brushed aluminum chassis has an unmatched wall-thickness of 0.2” (5mm). The system’s integrated 7” front screen features the exclusive LEET™ Monitor App, designed to be easily readable from the sofa. This tool constantly monitors and displays system parameters like available drive space, CPU/GPU clocks and load levels as well as respective temperatures.

All system cables are single sleeved and custom-tailored to the chassis, accounting for an extremely clean interior and optimized airflow. The LEET™ is built-to-order and incorporates only the highest-quality components from carefully selected, best-in-category partners. Prior to shipping, every single system is thoroughly stress-tested and benchmarked for 72 hours.

Steiger Dynamics LEET

Steiger Dynamics LEET

Customers First

The LEET™ comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee, 3 years limited warranty, and lifetime customer care. “A no-compromise product like the LEET™ deserves only the very best product support. Therefore, we made ‘Customer Care’ a core value of our company.” Martin & Martin (Founders of STEIGER DYNAMICS)

Line-up and Pricing

The LEET™ is available in three different lines – Pure, Core, and Reference. The Pure line starts at $1,998 and caters to Media Center, Audio and Video Enthusiast. The Core line is available from $2,698 and is tailored to the hardcore overclocker and gamer. The 6-core CPU based Reference line starts at $3,398 and features only top-of-the-line components, delivering the highest processing and graphics power available today.

LEET Base Configuration Pricing

LEET Base Configuration Pricing

Additional Product Specifications
• “Wife-approved” black or silver hand-brushed full aluminum LEET™ chassis with an unmatched wall
thickness of 0.2” (5mm), perfectly blending into any existing TV and Audio setup
• Integrated 7” Samsung front screen showing the exclusive LEET™ Monitor app
• Front panel with SD/Memory Card reader, USB 3.0 and front HD-Audio connectors
• Liquid cooling solutions for extremely silent 24/7 operation
• Single sleeved cables and cable management for an air-flow optimized, clean interior
• Optional acrylic glass lid and LED lighting
• Up to 5 GHz overclocked Intel Core-i7 Hexa-Core CPU
• Up to 64 GB 2133 MHz DDR3 Memory
• Up to NVIDIA GTX 690 Quad-SLI graphic cards
• Up to 1 TB SSD system drives in RAID 0 mode
• Up to 12 TB storage space for up to 1,000 Blu-ray™ movies or 3 million MP3s
• Optional Full-HD Quad Cable-TV tuner
• Blu-ray/DVD/CD drive/writer
• User-preferred wireless control
• Microsoft ® Windows® 8
• Dimensions (HxWxD): 8.7 x 17.1 x 15.4 inches (22.0 x 43.5 x 39.0 cm)

About STEIGER DYNAMICS

STEIGER DYNAMICS is a revolutionary system builder bringing high-end PC gaming to the comfort of your living room. The company was founded in 2012 by McKinsey Consultant and UCLA Anderson MBA graduate Martin Hehensteiger (CEO) and Mercedes-Benz Product Strategist Martin Gossner (CTO). Both of them became attached to PC gaming with shooters like Doom, grew up with multiplayer-games like Quake, went semi-professional in Counter-Strike and are now enjoying the ultimate 3D gaming experience in their living rooms with latest games like Crysis 2 and Metro 2033. STEIGER DYNAMICS’ products are developed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, and the founders ensure that every system is built as if it was their own. For more information, please visit www.steigerdynamics.com and www.facebook.com/STEIGERDYNAMICS.

Now, obviously this is not for the light of wallet. There is a reason these systems cost so much, and after speaking with Mr. Gossner on the phone today, I’m starting to become a believer. A couple quick points to reiterate that make this type of premium system so, well, premium priced -

  • Custom chassis – This is one of the biggest selling points in my opinion (and that of anyone that looks at them). Heck, people commented they’d just want the case by itself if they can’t afford the whole system (hint hint Steiger…). If my experiences over the years with Lian Li aluminum cases is any indication, the case itself accounts for several hundred dollars of that bottom line, especially with the integrated 7″ screen.
  • Custom PSU Wiring – They mention that they have single sleeved cables, but that’s not the only thing that they do. Mr. Gossner said there is little room to maneuver in these cases, meaning not much room for cable management. So what they do is customize the length of all necessary PSU wires, then they single sleeve them for the cleanest look they can get. That definitely increases cost.
  • Fans – They don’t mention it because many people don’t know about such things, but our readers are a bit different. Anyone who has water cooled a system has at least heard of Scythe Gentle Typhoon fans. Well, that’s what goes into these systems, and unless my memory is incorrect, they use AP-15′s to be precise. Those retail for $15.99 a pop at Sidewinder.
  • Did I mention it looks really good?

It remains to be seen if these can really be considered worth the price of admission. On their face, yes, they’re expensive; but when you dig into just why they’re that expensive, maybe it’s worth it. Thankfully, we expect to get the chance to find out when they loan us a system for review in January!

For more information, you can check out their site at http://www.steigerdynamics.com and on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/STEIGERDYNAMICS.

-Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)

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Discussion
  1. The Leet Pure is meh!

    Ouch, almost $2,000 for specs that are like a $300 box at Walmart!

    (Especially the processor!) (Come on! That much for a dual core, like it's 2007!)

    That's $300 HP-like specs there. :eek:
    Love the case, it screams quality but $798 for the case + $79 for the glass lid is a little steep especially when that bright 7" screen would spend most of its time OFF in an HTPC setup. I have a MonCaso 972 and that LCD is VERY distracting when watching movies. I would much prefer a AVR kinda display that is actually usable like the VF310 that Origen AE has in some of their cases. I think the case is promising, if they offer a VFD version for around ~$500.
    Seebs
    This... One thousand times this... They're closing the doors to a much wider customer base by not offering the case as a stand alone. Plenty of enthusiast modders and builders out there that would have a field day with one of them cases... And it's not like having it be an expensive case would drive people away... Just look at Caselabs; those things cost a pretty penny and still you see builds pop up all over the place with them.


    We will discuss this topic internally soon.
    givmedew


    "All system cables are single sleeved and custom-tailored to the chassis"

    $99 Option (Is not standard/included at any price model level)



    After multiple customer requests (and it also being suggested in this forum) we decided to offer lower-powered PSUs. Those are however not fully-modular (but still with Gold certified efficiency) and hence cannot be used with our custom cabling, consequently making this optional equipment. For those not ordering the lid with acrylic glass window it won't make a difference though.

    givmedew
    All 3 systems priced w/ Corsair H60 (which I am sure they get for a steal).


    The LEET Core comes with the H80i as standard and the LEET Reference with the H100i. The new generation of Corsairs pre-sealed liquid coolers (incl. the H60) are actually of way better quality and nicer looking than their predecessors, but unfortunately also more expensive.

    givmedew


    The choice of RED HDDs is interesting. Not at all the wrong choice but I wonder if it is a price, heat, power usage, performance or network media serving that they had in mind when selecting the REDs as the only drive choice.


    The HDDs are one of the two sources of potential noise in our systems (the other being the pump while the fans are inaudible on idle and low loads). This is why we have tested all major HDDs in the market upon fulfilling our requirements like low noise and temperatures, high efficiency, warranty, and continuous operation capabilities (design, TLER support for RAID). With lowest seek noise and vibrations in its respective capacities the WD Red was the only drive matching all our requirements.
    givmedew
    Anyone notice that the way these are described is now just an option?

    "All system cables are single sleeved and custom-tailored to the chassis"

    $99 Option (Is not standard/included at any price model level)

    Not that the write up claims any high end cooling is included in the price it certainly eludes to it. All 3 systems priced w/ Corsair H60 (which I am sure they get for a steal).

    Some of the options are priced very well with the consumer only paying the difference you would probably imagine if you build it yourself. Some of the prices (SSD) seem to be lower than what you would expect to pay.

    The choice of RED HDDs is interesting. Not at all the wrong choice but I wonder if it is a price, heat, power usage, performance or network media serving that they had in mind when selecting the REDs as the only drive choice.

    IMO Great price given the case they include.

    If you went out and bought all the gear you'd be looking at ~$670 add $50 for the AP-15s your at ~$720 So $1080 for an amazing custom case, 7" LCD, Labor and shipping) at least $100 for shipping I would think. Plus you can throw in a second 120GB SSD for half the retail price.

    Oh add $100 for the windowed case:-/

    I wonder how well they would do if they sold the case separately as well.

    Nice read


    This... One thousand times this... They're closing the doors to a much wider customer base by not offering the case as a stand alone. Plenty of enthusiast modders and builders out there that would have a field day with one of them cases... And it's not like having it be an expensive case would drive people away... Just look at Caselabs; those things cost a pretty penny and still you see builds pop up all over the place with them.
    Anyone notice that the way these are described is now just an option?

    "All system cables are single sleeved and custom-tailored to the chassis"

    $99 Option (Is not standard/included at any price model level)

    Not that the write up claims any high end cooling is included in the price it certainly eludes to it. All 3 systems priced w/ Corsair H60 (which I am sure they get for a steal).

    Some of the options are priced very well with the consumer only paying the difference you would probably imagine if you build it yourself. Some of the prices (SSD) seem to be lower than what you would expect to pay.

    The choice of RED HDDs is interesting. Not at all the wrong choice but I wonder if it is a price, heat, power usage, performance or network media serving that they had in mind when selecting the REDs as the only drive choice.

    IMO Great price given the case they include.

    If you went out and bought all the gear you'd be looking at ~$670 add $50 for the AP-15s your at ~$720 So $1080 for an amazing custom case, 7" LCD, Labor and shipping) at least $100 for shipping I would think. Plus you can throw in a second 120GB SSD for half the retail price.

    Oh add $100 for the windowed case:-/

    I wonder how well they would do if they sold the case separately as well.

    Nice read
    Thanks for the warm welcome :thup:

    And Thanks Seebs for the broken link - everything is fixed now and we'll be working on a better configurator description over the next days.
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    Nice review! Solid setups for the liveing room, I like the cabinet they are housed in, very nice :thup:

    As for price, Hokie is right!

    Seems like everyone wants something for nothing.. bunch of tighties :clap:

    fornoob
    I should have missed something about the use of an HTPC... six cores?? RAID 0 SSDs?? :shock: :screwy:


    My htpc has 6 cores and raid 0 ssd :D
    Welcome to the madness that is OCF Martin. I'm sure you'll fit right in.

    The case is just awesome. Not sure if you've thought about this; maybe you have, but one thing that would widen your target marked is if you sold the cases by themselves as well as doing pre-built units.

    I know I am one of those that would rather put the components in myself than get it all done... For me; half the satisfaction of building a new computer is the few hours spend unpacking components and struggling to get the cable management done.

    Just my 0.02.

    PS: I just noticed that the link on the Buy Now button in the LEET features page.

    Seebs
    honestly if I had the dough id buy it. unlike most OEM pc's it uses the same ( or at least same quality) parts I would use, it looks good and as hookie pointed out it really isn't badly priced when you break it down