Valve has ‘quietly’ changed the SSD on some Steam Deck models


Valve has 'quietly' changed the SSD on some Steam Deck models

The official Steam Deck website shows that some 256GB and 512GB models use a different (and worse, according to performance tests) SSD than the first shipments.

Steam Deck is Valve’s latest gaming bet, but not the first. Since its launch on February 25, the truth is that many have not yet received the long-awaited hybrid system in their homes.

Fortunately, this will change from tomorrow, June 30, as Valve has increased the production of Steam Deck and ensures that will send Q3 reservation emails in the coming days.

Do you know the Steam Deck SSD mod? In this article you can learn more details about it, but basically consists of changing the original SSD drive for a bigger (and better) one. Of course, the designer of the system recommends that we do not do it.

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You already know that there are three models of Steam Deck: 64GB, 256GB and 512GB, and all of them use high-speed SSD storage. But there is something you did not know and that will put you on alert.

As confirmed by Valve itself on the Steam Deck websitesome 256GB and 512GB system models have undergone a major change. Unfortunately this is not for the better…

Previous Steam Deck models came with a PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD (regardless of capacity), and a change affecting new models is specified on Valve’s website. We assume that these correspond to Q2 and especially to Q3.

After doing a series of performance tests, Valve decided to change the PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD for a model that is natively inferior in speed and performance: the PCIe Gen 3 x2.

Despite this controversial change, from Valve they affirm that did not notice any change in gaming performance from Steam Deck. This is what the company says about it:

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Some 256 GB and 512 GB models ships with a PCIe Gen 3 x2 SSD. In our tests, we saw no impact on gaming performance between x2 and x4”.

Some technology experts do not think the same as Valve. The portal Philson indicates that maximum write speed has been halvedand this change affects negatively in terms of data upload and file transfer.

How can we know which SSD our Steam Deck has? Here we show you how to do it in a few simple steps:

  1. Hold down the Steam Deck power button To start the Desktop mode.
  2. go to Application menu and select the device menu.
  3. In the tab of DevicesChoose storage units.
  4. Click on the storage SSD drive. Next, check the number located on the right panel.
  5. If the ending is similar to -E08, your Steam Deck carries a x2 SSD. Instead, the termination -E13T indicates that it has a x4 SSD (the original model).

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Though shouldn’t be noticeable when running games, this change is not a positive one for Steam Deck owners. We assume that Valve decided to change it for a logistical or cost-cutting reason.

Do you already have a Steam Deck at home? What SSD unit does your model have? If you have doubts about whether to buy it or not, here you can read our experience of use after two months since its original launch.


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