Steam Deck beta update improves fan whine, but raises GPU temps

Anyone who was wounded with a Steam Deck that came through with the first round of Q1 orders will likely be aware of a glaring issue: the ridiculous fan whine. It’s caused upset across the Steam Deck forums, and has seen a bunch of people sending their Decks back to Valve for RMA.

In asking the question “How loud is the Steam Deck?” we discovered it’s not the decibels that make the fan an issue, really. Particularly when traveling with our Deck out, we couldn’t hear it over the general noise inside the airplane cabin. No, it’s the pitch that really takes the cookie. It’s enough to get you relegated to the sofa for the night, after playing with your Deck on full power in bed.

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