Installing Physically Larger NVMe SSDs On Steam Deck Is Possible With This Mod... But Risky

Installing Physically Larger NVMe SSDs On Steam Deck Is Possible With This Mod… But Risky

Steam Deck can accommodate larger 2242 NVMe SSDs than Valve’s standard 2230. A user proves it with this mod: imitating it will give you more storage options… but it’s risky.

Steam Deck is a great machine to play PC video games comfortably, as if it were a much more powerful portable console than others on the market. But, the more demanding the games are (remember that you can play titles like God of War, Cyberpunk 2077 or Resident Evil Village), the more space you need.

You can comfortably expand the size of the Steam Deck using microSD cards, with cheap 64GB options going all the way up to 2TB.

But some users, doing ignore Valve’s recommendations, they have opened the entrails of the console and changed the NVMe SSD of the Steam Deck for one with more capacity. In the basic model, which does not have NVMe SSD but only 64 GB eMMC, they add one (the other more expensive Steam Deck models they have 256GB and 512GB NVMe SSD.

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However, all NVMe SSDs that you can put in the Steam Deck have a size limitation: they must be of type M.2 2230 (22 millimeters wide by 30 mm long).

But Twitter user TheSmcelrea has created a solution for install M.2 2242longer, and that offer more options on the market than the M.2 2230, much less used in most PCs (the standard that most computers have is 2280, in any case).

In these images he explains that his mod, when opening the Steam Deck motherboard, does not collide with any other components or put pressure on the cables, and can be reassembled without problems. He only had to move one thermal pad, “but it shouldn’t be a problem.”

With this reorganization of the components shown in the images, those who dare to open the Steam Deck could install other SSDs such as the 512GB KingSpec PCIe 3.0 x2 used by this user, with a write speed of 1000/1100 MB/s.

Keep in mind, however, that by changing an official Steam Deck component such as its SSD, you lose all warranty. And although the process is safe, it is not recommended: you risk that a more demanding SSD drains the battery or worsens the heating, for example, despite the improvements that Valve has released of its hardware.

The most recommended is that use microSD cardsalthough it is true that the storage capacity of the computer, if you bet on the cheapest basic model of 419 euros, is only 64 GB, insufficient for most games and that will force you to go through the box to increase your size.

If you want your Steam Deck to come with a 512GB NVMe SSD as standard, you’d have to buy the more expensive model at $679. the three models they can be reserved on the Valve websitebut it will take several months to leave the warehouse.


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