Valve shows Steam Deck internals in official teardown video

Published: 6th Oct 2021, 19:59 GMT   Comments

Steam Deck is a densely packed handheld console

Dismantling Steam Deck might not be complicated, but Valve does not recommend doing it.

The video posted by the official Valve account on YouTube shows the process of Steam Deck teardown, focusing mainly on the analog stick and SSD replacement. Valve promises that at some point replacement parts will become available so a video like this will become handly should anyone need to replace those components.

Steam Deck, Source: Valve

What was made clear is that SSD replacement is not recommended. The drive which was carefully chosen for the console has been thoroughly tested in terms of power consumption and electromagnetic interference. The fact that SSD is located closely to wireless network adapter is definitely an important factor here and it is unclear how other SSDs would affect it.

Steam Deck will become available to people who preordered the console starting from December. New orders will not be fulfilled till the second quarter of 2022 at least, that’s assuming no component shortages.

The console is equipped with AMD Van Gogh APU based on Zen2 and RDNA2 microarchitecture. It is offered with 64GB, 256GB, and 512TB storage options, which can further be expanded through the MicroSD slot, which is a recommended way according to the video. Steam Deck features 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, a 7-inch 1280×800 display, and a 40 Whr battery. The console costs 399 USD up to 649 USD depending on the storage option.

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Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardzSteam DeckOne XPlayerAya Neo 2021Aya Neo 2021 ProNintendo SwitchNintendo Switch OLED
ArchitectureAMD Zen2 & RDNA2Intel Tiger LakeAMD Zen2 (Renoir)AMD Zen2 (Renoir)ARM CortexARM Cortex
SoCAMD Van GoghCore i7-1185G7***
Core i7-1165G7**
Core i7-1135G7*
Ryzen 5 4500URyzen 7 4800UNVIDIA Tegra X1NVIDIA Tegra X1
SoC CPU4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz4C/8T * 4.2*, 4.7**, 4.8*** GHz6C/6T @ 4.0 GHz8C/16T @ 4.2 GHz4x A574x A57
SoC GPUAMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHzXe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.35 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 6 @ 1.5 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 1.750 GHzNVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDANVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA
Memory16GB LPDDR5-550016GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-42664GB LPDDR4-32004GB LPDDR4-3200
Storage64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
512GB*, 1TB **, 2TB *** NVMe512 GB / 1TB  NVMe1TB / 2TB NVMe SSD32GB64GB
Display7″ 1280×800 IPS8.4″ 2560×1600 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS6.2″ 1280×720
5.5″ 1280×720*
7″ 1280×720 OLED
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0WiFi 5,
Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi 5,
Battery40 Whr15,300 mAh12,300 mAh12,300 mAh4310 mAh
Weight669 g820 g650 g650 g400g / 277g*420g
Dimensions29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm28.8 x 13.0 x 2.1 mm25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm23.9 x 10.1 x 1.4 cm
20.8 x 9.1 x 1.4 cm*
24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm
OSSteam OS 3.0 (Arch)Windows  10Windows  10Windows  10CustomCustom
Release Price$399 (64GB)
$529 (256GB)
$649 (512GB)
$1,059 *
$1,158 **
$1,599 ***
$925 (16G/512GB)
$1,015 (16G/1TB)
$1,215 (16G/1TB)
$? (16G/2TB)
Release DateHoliday 2021June/July 2021March 2021TBCMarch 2017
Sep 2019*
Holiday 2021
* Standard Edition
** Pro Edition
*** Ultimate Edition
* Lite

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