Steam Deck Update Fixes One Of Its Biggest Problems…But At A Cost
Steam Deck owners can now grab a new beta update – if they’re feeling brave enough to run a patch still in testing – which fixes the fan whine issue we’ve been hearing so much about lately, though. only at cost (we’ll come back to this).
If you missed all the commotion from the loud fans, there are a number of reports from those with a Steam Deck who aren’t happy with a high-pitched whine made by one of the fans (some even resort to strange noises). things like opening up their device and sticking electrical tape inside as some kind of trick solution).
The good news is that a new update for Steam Deck comes with a proper software patch, although still in beta.
The patch notes don’t specifically mention fan whine, but among the improvements Valve States that it has: “Added an OS-controlled fan curve to improve the experience in low-use scenarios and adjust how the fan reacts to different scenarios and temperatures.”
Another fan-related metric is: “Fixed an issue where the operating system’s fan control did not automatically resume after the device resumed from sleep.”
Like Gamer on PCwho spotted the update, points out that these are DIY moves that appear to be related to the fan noise issue, as there are a number of reports online from Deck owners that say the app of this hotfix solves the problem (or the worst of it).
Indeed, our sister site itself observed that after the patch the “difference was obvious almost immediately” in terms of the pitch of the fan noise being considerably lower, and it sounded much quieter when playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 as a test.
The wrong side? Well, PC Gamer reports that the trade-off for fan taming is that the game went from cranking temperatures of 63-68C (at high graphics settings) to around 75-79C which is a good old jump (20% higher fence).
Analysis: Let’s not judge this one too quickly
At first glance, solving an issue like the reported fan whine, but getting the Deck’s CPU to run at a significantly higher temperature might seem like a dubious compromise. And that’s not a good situation, obviously, but again, times sitting in the 70s are still good for the Steam Deck, and not particularly concerning in absolute terms. (In detail trialPC Gamer also tried Elden Ring which maxed out at 80°C so again not a big deal).
The other thing to keep in mind here is that this is still a beta update, which means the whole point is that it’s here to be tested, and some bugs or defects are expected and hopefully will be fully corrected. So, at the time of the release of this patch, any temperature increase could be much less pronounced, if not minimal.
In short, a bit of madness with a beta is totally expected, and that’s why you shouldn’t run any patches that are still in preview or testing on your device if you don’t want to occasionally encounter the unexpected.
What this shows us for sure is that Valve now seems to have the fan situation under control, and hopefully Steam Deck owners won’t have to go any further and more delicately, such as replacing the troublesome fan via the iFixit repair diagram.