The Heatwave may cause your Steam Deck to Throttle - Valve Warns
Steam Decks may throttle during heat wave conditions, Valve warns
Published: 20th July 2022 | Source: Valve |
Valve warns Steam Deck users against using their systems during a heatwave
If you are from the UK, you are probably feeling very warm right now. The nation is currently in the middle of a heatwave, and these rising temperatures are not good news for Steam Deck users.
Valve has released a statement revealing that Valve's Steam Deck system is designed to run at ambient temperatures of between 0°C and 35°C. Higher ambient temperatures will potentially make Valve's gaming system throttle its performance to keep the system's thermals down, impacting the device's performance.
Below is Valve's message to Steam Deck users regarding heatwave conditions. Currently, some areas of the UK have reached temperatures of 40 degrees, breaking previous records.
For our friends in the midst of a heatwave, a quick note about Steam Deck in high temperatures. Steam Deck performs at its best in ambient temperatures between 0° and 35° C. If the temperature gets higher than this, Steam Deck may start to throttle performance to protect itself.
Additionally, Valve has confirmed that their Steam Deck APU is designed to run at temperatures of up to 100°C, and that the device will start to throttle at higher temperatures. If the device reaches 105°C, it will automatically shut itself down to protect itself and its user.
A bit more detail about this – Steam Deck’s APU runs well at temperatures up to 100°C. At 100°C, it will start to throttle performance, and at 105°C it will shut down. Again, this is to protect itself (and you) from damage.
Valve has made it clear that their Steam Deck system is not designed to run at the 40 degree temperatures that are possible during the UK's heatwave. That said, we do not expect many Steam Deck users to be playing their systems outside under these conditions. We do not expect many people to be affected by Steam Deck throttling, and thankfully the UK's current weather conditions are far from normal, though Global Warming could change that as time marches forward.
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