We’ve all heard the whines about the groan from Steam Deck fans. But waking up this morning to news of people MacGyvering your Steam Decks with electrical tape It’s worrying me a little. Hey, go ahead if you’re feeling brave. It’s just, maybe there are more elegant solutions out there — or at least there might be soon.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in favor the right to repair. And the OP seems pretty confident with his electrical tape trick. It involves placing a stack of four pieces of tape directly under where the Valve logo sits on the back of the Deck, with the result of drastically altering the device’s fan pitch.
In addition to the hearing improvement, they report that this did not negatively affect the Steam Deck temperature. They reported that they are still reaching around 54°C in no man’s skythough it’s worth noting that it’s not necessarily the most graphically intensive game to test.
And, as some people kindly point out in the comments section, not all Deck temperatures are currently known or displayed. The memory modules, for example, could be frying while the OP keeps increasing the load, unknowingly damaging your precious portable gaming machine.
Here’s what I’m saying: just hold fire before you start stuffing foreign bodies into your Deck. A mantra to live by, in my opinion.
Firstly, iFixit is looking to start selling replacement fans for Q1 Decks, so that option is coming. For something more immediate, though, other commenters suggest taking a leap from the stable software and downloading the latest beta update.
So we did a little test run to see if that would improve the Steam Deck fans moan for us.
Just to be on the same page here, our Steam Deck is not super noisy, by itself. But the bidding is something else. We’ve been getting frequencies in the region of 1000 Hz at full load – that’s a very high C, and can really grate after long periods. Honestly, it’s like having our own tinnitus simulation machine.
Once we downloaded the latest beta update, however, we noticed a significant reduction in pitch, now only jumping to around 290Hz under high load at Euro Truck Sim 2.
That’s a D4 for the music nerds among you.
Unfortunately, this seems to translate to slightly higher temperatures, reaching around 75°C.
What we are avoiding here, however, is a potential sticky situation if you need to send your Steam Deck back for RMA. With our Dave holding him like the best budget gaming pc you can buyyou can bet he didn’t let me stick any electrical tape in there (No, I didn’t! -Ed).
And maybe it’s for the best.