There have been many complaints about the noise caused by the Steam Deck’s cooling fan and Valve has fixed this.
According to The Verge, the Steam Deck has received a number of frequent complaints about the fan getting very ‘noisy’ at times, even while playing light games. Some players have tried self-replacement to fix it, which has caused iFixit’s replacement Steam Deck fans to sell out, despite being on the market for less than a week.
|Valve rolls out fan noise reduction update for Steam Deck|
Valve has seen the problem and SteamOS has just received a major update. With SteamOS 3.2, Valve has made improvements to make the fan quieter, especially in low resource usage scenarios.
According to The Verge’s first test with the game Rogue Legacy 2, the fan runs very quietly and when opening the game sound with external speakers, the fan is no longer heard. With the game Vampire Survivors offers the same experience. Next in the test with the game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twicethe settings are raised to maximum, the fan sound can be heard, but not as loud as before the update.
In addition, SteamOS 3.2 also allows to change the refresh rate in the game immediately from the menu button. The default rate is 60Hz (with frame limits to 60, 30, and 15 FPS), but you can now change it down to 40Hz (with frame limits of 40, 20, and 40), Valve says. 10 FPS). The ability to adjust the refresh rate can help you improve battery life.