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Enthusiasts have figured out how to insert a larger SSD into Steam Deck - Valve warns it could break the console

Enthusiasts have figured out how to insert a larger SSD into Steam Deck - Valve warns it could break the console

Valve has responded to online instructions for modifying the Steam Deck portable gaming console to install a non-standard, larger SSD.
Image source: ValveName, the portable console is sold in versions with a 64GB eMMC flash module or a 256GB or 512GB NVMe SSD PCIe 3.0 x4.
The latter two use the M.2 2230 (22 × 30 mm) standard model.Enthusiast Belly Jelly showed that instead of the M.2 2230 solution, the longer M.2 2242 (22 × 42 mm) drive fits nicely into the console, giving you more options for upgrading your storage.
True, this modification requires a slight bending of the heat spreader and removal of one of the thermal gaskets.
And as Valve has now stated, such tampering could result in console failure.
\"Please don't do that.
The integrated circuitry of the charging circuitry gets very hot, so you should not move nearby thermal pads.
Also, most M.2 2242 drives use more power and get hotter than what the console is designed for.
This modification may seem to work, but it will significantly shorten the life of the Steam Deck,\" according to the report.
To recap, the Steam Deck has a 7-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, flanked by gaming controls.
It comes with AMD's Zen 2 quad-core hybrid processor with RDNA 2 integrated graphics, 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless adapters.

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