Steam Deck specs modified, with new SSD put in

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Anyone who purchased one of Valve’s Steam Decks at launch had a very special solid-state drive model installed in their device. Anyone who bought another drive recently received another drive, that one potential Slower.

Like Hardwareluxx report (through the PC Gamers), all Steam Decks that initially ship with 256 or 512GB SSDs will have them connected across four “lanes”. Now, some devices are shipping with drives that only connect across two “lanes,” a change that could theoretically lead to slower performance because you’re essentially halving the drive’s bandwidth. .

This exchange was not publicly announced through a press release or statement, and shipping of Steam Decks with these newer drives is not distinguished by the new model number. Indeed, the only public mention of this change came from Valve quietly editing the handset’s specs page at the end of May.

Therefore, the only way you can find out if you have a root account Whether an SSD is installed in your Steam Deck is to check its specifications in the system menu. Under “Hard Drive”, like PC Gamers Adviseyou need to find:

In the right panel it will have a code. Our 512GB review model has a Phison ESMP512GKB4C3-E13TS drive. That appears to be a custom 2230 SSD using Phison’s Gen3 x4 E13 controller. So you want to check if your code also ends with -E13T or something else entirely. If it includes code like -E08 (Phison’s Gen3 x2 controller) then your Deck is one of those with a drive that runs on the Gen3 x2 interface.

I’ve been cautious with my language about the above performance since we haven’t seen any tests yet demonstrate there are glaring differences in things like load times or fps between drives, at least on games that are currently available and fully supported on the platform. This is understandable since news is only being reported, and with unit numbers still elusive if anyone will have two Steam Decks they can directly compare.

It’s also important to note that there are all sorts of ways a game’s performance can clog outside of SSD performance, and Valve will internally test these components prior to release, so you can expect that yes there are any notable hits on how the game runs, changes will be more publicly announced. We’ve reached out to the company for comment, though, and will update if we get a response.

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