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Steam Deck Update Lowers The Fan Noise—But At A Cost

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A fire comes out of the exhaust fan on Steam Deck.

image: Valve / Kotaku

today, Valve has released a long-awaited update To that portable PC. SteamOS 3.2 brings a lot of fun changes to both the operating system and the Steam client itself, enables Remote Play Together, fine-tunes some visual and UI elements, and provides the ability to change the screen refresh rate. To do. It must be hotly (sorry) debated in every corner of the internet.

Basically an ongoing issue Steam Deck usually has fans turned on to prevent this Pocket PC from burning. And usually I mean: everything. of. .. time. And it’s noisy! It easily passes through my heavy metal-induced tinnitus and produces enough sound to actually hit the audible pitch. I’ve gotten used to it (I’m also hearing impaired), but others weren’t that happy.

Inspired noise IFixit to sell new fans This provides a much easier and quieter solution to replace if you have a DIY spirit. But for those who don’t want to break the device, SteamOS 3.2 allows you to adjust the fan curve to lower the fan curve so that the device doesn’t start singing in the mezzo-soprano range.

Here things can get hot (again, sorry) online. By slowing down the fan, the device gets hotter. How hot is it? good, PC gamer Measured change In just one example, a few weeks ago it was as high as 10 ° C (50 ° for the Freedom unit). Given that it could affect the life of Steam Deck, it was enough to think that this update wasn’t worth it.

The Steam Deck settings menu presents new fan control options.

Photo: Kotaku

Digital foundry There was a take with a little nuanceBasically, fan speed, temperature and utilization all mix and produce different results. Therefore, the temperature can rise from 4 ° or 5 ° to 10 ° C. This was their opinion (and to be honest, my opinion) as it is still within the expected operating temperature range. For devices, you probably won’t have any problems.

This doesn’t make much difference in discussing whether the computer should always be on or shut down when not in use.As a professor of science once told me, “heat is real”, so yes, running the device at high temperatures is not. none.. But technically, why would the problem occur unless the device was pushed to a temperature that wasn’t designed to work?

I don’t want to dismiss this argument too soon.according to Old military handbook For the expected life of electronic devices, at 10 ° C half Expected life of the device. Of course, there are so many factors to consider that this is likely to be an ongoing discussion on Twitter and Reddit.

I think the only real way to know is to buy about 12 Steam Decks and run the same scene like this: Cyberpunk 2077 For 4-5 years, set half to the lower fan curve and the other half to use the original settings. Then see which one dies first. Until such science is achieved, it may be best to leave the old fan curve setting on if sound is not so important. You are likely to come across a fountain of opinions and facts filled with anecdotes about this one detail and internet math. I just don’t know for some reason until Steam Deck has reached the end of its lifespan for a few years and the actual results are displayed.

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