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Valve says you shouldn’t fix the Steam Deck’s noisy fan this way

The Steam Deck device started exporting two months ago today, and it has improved a bit since, but this week may be the best – because we are finally talking about the only big issue with the $ 400 PC can carry. Yes, I am talking about the fan.

When Deck was launched, it landed with a very loud fan to cool the AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 silicon, and owners like me were dealing with constant volume and noise from day one. She ran regularlyeven when I was doing nothing in the system, and I was always promoting even athletics like Vampire Survivors.

My Steam Deck fan, from Delta Electronics.
Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

Worse, it is shout. Or at least some Decks Steam have that – Reddit community found out that Valve was actually moving Deck to one of two different fans, one from Delta and another from Huaying. I found one in Delta, and also most of the others are complaining about the noise of what I saw. Valve will not comment on the choice of fans, and iFixit cannot say whether you will be able to replace it with a better one when replacement parts are available.

But this week, Valve has taken a big step forward software update beta – and I can confirm that it is a new experience. No longer does the fan kick when the system is sitting there – now it is silent silence while it is working, unless you heat the chip by downloading some of the content or opening large game folders at least.

It will not rise too fast any longer, too, as I generally wait until the system exceeds 65 degrees Celsius before boosting the fan speed to a new level – although I found it to be nice before did not fall at the maximum fan speed, and I even saw a bit of a hit. inside Elden Ring when I raised it to almost 87 degrees Celsius in the GPU.

One problem: none of the Valve fixes did fix the noise. The Delta fan may not get up quickly, but he still has that little jet engine noise.

Do you know what improved it? electric tape.

u / OligarchyAmbulance on Reddit found in si easily by pressing on the back of the Steam Deck shell, near the Valve sign, was enough to put an end to the noise. Then they opened their Steam Hotel and attached four small pieces of electrical tape to the same place inside the shell – immediately the fan. Here are some of them before and after images made by them.

Deck Steam has its own electric tape already; a bit new would go slightly below the left circle.
Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

I did it the same way: first click on the back to see if it works, then open the Steam Deck and add a tape. Your screams have been silenced. Don’t get me wrong, the fan is still loud and tight! But most of the time it is air urgency now, not noise.

Should you try this at home? Not necessarily, because we do not know why it works, or if there may be ill effects – such as heat or wear. “We do not recommend changing the air flow route as we do not know how this will affect the heat,” Valve’s Lawrence Yang told me.

u / OligarchyAmbulance and I do not see any difference in temperature yet, but between Valve’s warning and the fact that the opening of the Deck is young and difficult for some to be, I do not know if I want everyone kula tali.

But it seems clear that the problem for fans is the equipment, not just the software – and if Valve does not have a plan or advice to reduce the volume, I guess more players will take matters into their own hands.