One Of Steam Deck's Biggest Issues Has Been Solved With An Update

One Of Steam Deck's Biggest Issues Has Been Solved With An Update

To fix the fan whine issue that we've been hearing so much about lately, Steam Deck users may now download a new beta update, though it will cost them.

Some Steam Deck owners have complained about a high-pitched whine coming from a fan, and if you've missed all the commotion, you're not alone.

To make matters worse, when it reaches maximum speed, the Deck fan emits a particularly high-pitched whining sound. Because of the two distinct fan models seen in various Steam Decks, supporters of the Steam Deck have begun to discuss a fan lottery.

It's an annoyance we have prepared to put up with, but the most recent update puts the Deck up to speed with the silent Nintendo Switch. It's at least when playing less demanding games. Because the Deck heats up faster than before the fan reaches full speed, the system can run hotter due to the revised curve.

Even while playing Elden Ring, with the CPU reaching 80°C, we didn't feel it getting hot to the touch because even at this temperature and with the fan on, it was quieter, even in less demanding situations. 

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The good news is that a new Steam Deck update has a correct software patch, albeit in beta. 

Fixing an issue where the OS fan control would not instantly continue after making the device wake up from sleep was another measure linked to fans.

Some of these tweaks appear to be tied to an issue with the fan noise. However, as PC Gamer writes, Deck owners who have applied this version indicate that the whining has gone away (or the worst of it). 

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The patch notes don't expressly mention fan whine. Still, among the enhancements, Valve claims to have included an OS-controlled fan curve to enhance the experience in low-usage conditions and change how the fan reacts to various scenarios and temperatures. 

After some research, we discovered that both of these statements are correct. We played Elden Ring before and after the beta update, and while this demanding game spins the fan in both circumstances, it's significantly quieter after the beta patch. 

On the surface, fixing an issue like the reported fan squeak while increasing the temperature of the Deck's CPU may seem like a bad deal. Of course, this isn't ideal, but temperatures in the 70s are pretty acceptable for the Steam Deck, so it's not a huge deal.

PC Gamer also tested Elden Ring, which reached a maximum temperature of 80°C, so it's not a big deal. However, this is still a beta update, so people should expect specific errors and defects. Hopefully, the developers will work on these before releasing the final version.

Because of this, any temperature increase may be negligible or non-existent by the time this fix is released.

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Picture: comicbook.com

A beta version is likely to have some hiccups, and this is why you shouldn't run patches that are still in preview or testing mode on your device if you don't want to risk encountering the unexpected.

However, this does show us that Valve has a handle on the fan situation. Hopefully, Steam Deck owners won't need a more complicated repair method like iFixit's repair plan to fix their fan issues any longer. Likely, this isn't the final upgrade to the Steam Deck's fan, but we're hard-pressed to think of another adjustment that would make us happier than this one. 

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Jessica Vieira is ProductReviews's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology.

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