Steam Deck owners considering modifying their laptop to run a physically larger SSD shouldn’t do so, with Valve officially warning against such a course of action.
Lawrence Yang of Valve, a designer who worked on the Steam Deck, took to Twitter to warn deck owners that they should not carry out a recent mod displayed online showing you can replace the factory-installed 2230 M.2 unit by a factor of larger form 2242 SSD.
Hi, please don’t do this. Charger IC gets very hot and nearby thermal pads should not be moved. In addition, most 2,242 m.2 units consume more energy and heat up more than the Deck was designed for. This mod may seem to work, but it will significantly reduce your Deck’s lifespan. https://t.co/Kmup7Zov13June 25, 2022
While this might be possible, as the modder who successfully did it demonstrated, most people considered the idea with caution, as they are effectively experimenting with their handheld. Any harmful effects may not be obvious right away or in the short term, but they can surface in an unpleasant way later on.
In case you have any doubts, Yang’s tweet makes it clear that there are several issues with thermals around this DIY update, and most of the larger 2242 M.2 SSDs consume more power, which means the Steam Deck will run hotter than ever before. that your design parameters allow.
The bottom line is that this mod can “significantly shorten your Deck’s lifespan” nothing less.
Analysis: Surely this is no surprise to anyone, really?
Remember, this is not about swapping your Steam Deck SSD for another alternative drive, but specifically, a solid state drive that is physically larger than the standard model.
Why would you want to use such a bigger SSD? Well, opening up your upgrade possibilities to include 2242 M.2 models obviously gives you more options, particularly for boosting storage up to 1TB with an entry-level Steam Deck, for example; certainly a tempting proposition on the face of it.
That said, an SD card is an equally viable route in this regard, with little difference in terms of performance compared to running SSD. Of course, having your games on the system unit is ideal, but the SD card isn’t that far away.
Is it any surprise that jamming into a drive larger than the design spec allows is a bad idea? Not really, and in fact the caveats originally described by the modder should make anyone stop before even contemplating a DIY upgrade, one of which is that the 2242 M.2 SSD form factor means it makes the Deck heatsink double. a little, apparently.
Of course, the Deck was carefully designed and undoubtedly subjected to various prototype models to balance the equation around CPU performance, battery life, and internal heat levels, so go ahead and simply add a bigger component with the deck. expectation that everything should be okay is optimistic. , to say the least. As we noted above, it can work well nowapparently, but what about a year from now – or two?
Part of the attraction of this SSD mod, and why it’s gained so much visibility online, is that it’s an easy upgrade any Steam Deck owner could achieve – but just because you can do it, of course, doesn’t mean you can. it should. In that case, with a potentially wider audience of potential experimenters perhaps willing to try this mod, maybe that’s why Valve felt the need to act quickly to clarify that this is a bad idea in no uncertain terms.