If you’re the proud owner of a Steam Deck, you have certainly noticed the highly irritating fan whine.
Luckily, Valve has now launched an update to the Steam Deck’s internal code which promises to fix many of the bugs and issues that some users have been experiencing since they got their hands on the revolutionary new device.
The beta software update brings with it a whole host of tweaks, but we’re most interested in the fan whine issue.
One Reddit user reported that placing electrical tape across the blade of their Steam Deck helped to reduce the noise from their unit.
I’m sure you don’t wanna try that
You should definitely Not Try This!
You could wait for iFixit to come out with replacement fans or you could try the Beta Update.
The latest beta patch notes do not acknowledge noise issues specifically, but many users have indicated a decrease in noise after updating their software. A drawback to updating is increased GPU temps.
The pcgamer.com did an experiment, they used Euro Truck Simulator 2 to test the GPU temperature on the device. On high graphics settings, they got around 63-68°C in a full load. After updating to the beta OS, they saw a change in the sound of the fan [less pitch] and an increase in temperature, on a high graphics setting, they got around 75°C-79°C.
You should also remember that this is still a beta update, so Valve will likely make additional changes based on any feedback provided. Please take the time to provide feedback, so Valve has a better picture of what’s working and what isn’t.
Perhaps a happy medium will be found between performance and noise levels.
What should we do now?
Just pray and hope that Valve will find a solution for this soon!
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