Learn how to repair the Steam Deck’s noisy fan

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2022-07-29 00:36:51

160-plus hours into Elden Ring, I’m certain of 1 factor: the one most annoying factor about my Steam Deck is its whiny fan. And now, I’m so blissful to report there’s a solution to repair it. It takes roughly quarter-hour and $30 — relying on the place you reside — to put in a substitute fan from iFixit.

Just lately, the restore firm lastly received a big cargo of these followers, and I purchased one immediately. Now, my Steam Deck’s tiny screech is gone.

Right here’s how I did it:

(If my three-minute video isn’t your factor, you can additionally learn iFixit’s step-by-step information. TL;DR you’re 13 Philips-head screws and a teensy little bit of tweezing and prying; it’s all very easy.)

Is the fan nonetheless loud? Sure, sure it’s, however it’s a whoosh as an alternative of a whine. I like to think about it because the sound of air escaping the Deck’s vents, however largely, I don’t give it some thought in any respect. I can simply tune out the brand new whoosh, whereas the whine all the time managed to get my consideration even after Valve tweaked its software program to carry the fan noise down.

There appeared to be a slight discount in total noise with the substitute fan, however the lack of whine is a much bigger deal.

The truth is, the brand new fan has much less whine than {the electrical} tape trick I confirmed you in April, and — YMMV — appears to be oh-so-slightly quieter total. I did an admittedly unscientific take a look at with the brand new fan towards each my authentic whiny fan and one mounted up with {the electrical} tape, and the brand new fan measured 2 to 2.5 decibels decrease than both within the quietest room in my home.

Every time, I let the Deck’s chip warmth as much as over 90 levels Celsius and practically maxed out its energy draw at 28 watts to make sure the fan was blowing as a lot as potential — which, actually, is fairly much like the way it runs after I’m taking part in Elden Ring usually.

iFixit sells the “good” fan, made by Huaying.
Picture by Sean Hollister / The Verge

How can a substitute fan make such a distinction? It’s an extended story, however the Steam Deck group found out many months in the past that Valve shipped its gaming handheld with one in all two totally different followers. One is made by Delta, the opposite by Huaying, and it’s lengthy been suspected that the Delta fan is an inferior half that Valve didn’t initially design for. However whereas Valve has tried to alleviate the difficulty with software program, it’s undoubtedly a {hardware} downside as nicely.

Final month, GamersNexus all however settled the query, placing each followers to the take a look at and offering wonderful audio samples of what the “whine” truly feels like in observe (skip to eight:51 for that):

So when iFixit introduced it had discovered a provide of the Huaying followers, there was purpose for pleasure. Would fixing or not it’s so simple as shopping for the “higher” fan, popping the Deck open, swapping the followers and re-fastening 13 screws? I believe I’ve now seen sufficient to say the reply is sure.

The $30 iFixit package comes with picks to open the Deck, a screwdriver and ESD-safe tweezers, and the fan.
Picture by Sean Hollister / The Verge

I gained’t try to re-write iFixit’s fan substitute information, which you could find proper right here, however I’ll say that it was fast and simple with these directions and the package — which features a easy screwdriver with the proper Philips bits, a pair of tweezers, and a handful of blue picks to pop open the Steam Deck’s plastic shell clips. It did take a pair tries to determine the best way to use these blue picks to pop open the case, and I discovered it simpler to drag out the fan’s electrical connector with my fingernails than tweezers, however each piece received used and I didn’t want something that wasn’t within the field.

I spend loads of time taking part in the Deck in quiet rooms the place relations try to nod off. So for me, it’s $30 nicely spent. I simply marvel why Valve isn’t doing one thing in regards to the fan itself — it’s fairly clear now that the whiny fan isn’t the supposed expertise.

Apparently some Steam Deck house owners have lucked out with the higher fan after an RMA, too — however after I returned my 64GB mannequin, it got here with one other Delta. I’m solely attending to strive the Huaying now.

In case you’d like to listen to a few of my very own audio samples (you’ll want to show the sound up and/or put on headphones!), I took recordings of the naked Delta fan, a taped-up Delta fan, and the Huaying fan all on the similar distance from the microphone.

Delta fan

Delta fan ramping up (whine extra apparent)

Delta fan with electrical tape (very slight whine in background)

Huaying fan, aka “the great one”

On the time I’m writing these phrases, iFixit nonetheless has the Steam Deck substitute fan in inventory.

Replace July twenty eighth, 8:36PM ET: Added video. iFixit nonetheless has the followers in inventory, by the way in which.



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