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

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The Steam Deck started shipping two months ago today, and it’s gotten quite a bit better since, but this week might be the best yet — because we’re finally addressing the single biggest issue with the $400 portable PC. Yes, I’m talking about the fan.

When the Deck launched, it shipped with an extremely noisy fan to cool its AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 silicon, and owners like me have been dealing with its volume and constant whine from day one. It ran constantly, even when I wasn’t doing anything with the system, and was always ramping up even in relatively lightweight games like Vampire Survivors.

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

My Steam Deck’s fan, from Delta Electronics.

Worse, it whines. Or at least some…

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Author: Sean Hollister