We’ve all heard the lamentations over the Steam Deck’due south fan whine. But waking up this morn to news of people MacGyvering their Steam Decks with electric tape
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is slightly worrying me. Hey, get ahead if y’all’re feeling brave. It’due south only that, perhaps there are more than elegant solutions out there—or at least at that place could exist soon.
Don’t get me incorrect, I’m all for the right to repair
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Aside from the aural improvement, they written report that it hasn’t negatively impacted their Steam Deck’s temps. They’ve reported they’re still getting around 54°C in No Homo’south Sky
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And, as a few people kindly point out in the comments section, not all of the Deck’s temperatures are currently known or displayed. The memory modules, for instance could be frying, while OP carries on topping out the load, unknowingly damaging their precious portable gaming machine.
What I’m saying is this: merely agree fire before y’all commencement jamming strange bodies into your Deck. A mantra to live by, in my opinion.
First off, iFixit is looking to start selling replacement fans
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for Q1 Decks, so there’s that selection to come up. For something more immediate, though, other commenters suggest making a spring from the stable software, and downloading the latest beta update.
So we did a lilliputian test to see whether that would meliorate the Steam Deck’s fan whine at all for us.
Just so we’re on the same folio hither, our Steam Deck isn’t super loud
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high C, and can actually grate after extended periods. Information technology’south honestly been like having our own tinnitus simulation car.
In one case we’d downloaded the most contempo beta update, all the same, nosotros noticed a meaning reduction in the pitch, with information technology at present only jumping upward to around 290Hz under high load in Euro Truck Sim 2
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That’s a D4 for the music nerds amongst you.
Sadly that does seem to translate into slightly college temps, topping out at around 75°C.
What nosotros’re avoiding here, though, is a potentially
situation if you ever need to transport your Steam Deck dorsum for RMA. With our Dave holding it as the best upkeep gaming PC you can buy
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And maybe that’south for the all-time.