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The Steam Deck – Valve delivers an excellent PC handheld

Valve SteamDeck, the specifications

  • 7-inch, 60Hz, 1280 x 800 IPS screen with 400-nit brightness
  • 4-core, 8-thread AMD Zen 2 CPU
  • 8-core AMD RDNA 2 graphics, 1GB video memory
  • 16GB LPDDR5 memory, 8GB accessible by GPU
  • 64GB eMMC storage ($400), 256GB NVMe SSD ($530), or 512GB NVMe SSD ($650)
  • 40Wh battery
  • USB-C port with USB 3.2 Gen 2 data, DisplayPort 1.4 video out, USB-C PD charging
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0, UHS-I microSD reader
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 1.47 pounds (669g)
  • 11.7 x 4.6 x 1.9 inches (298 x 117 x 49mm)

At its core the Valve Steam Deck is a tiny PC. It uses a 4-core AMD Zen 2 CPU with 8-core AMD RDNA 2 graphics. This is coupled with 16 GB of LPDDR5 -ram.

The screen is not OLED but instead “only” a 7” 1280 x 800 IPS LCD-screen. It has a max brightness of 400 nits and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

Storage is handled by either 64 GB eMMC, 256 Gb Nvme or 512 GB Nvme. I tested/bought the most expensive version with both 512 GB Nvme SSD and etched anti-glare screen.

One thing to note is that while the Steam Deck came with PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD it now says that it might be either PCIe Gen 3 x4 or PCIe Gen 3 x2. I’m guessing this is due to issues sourcing the components. According to Valve they have not found any noticeable differences between the two in the Steam Deck. Since this is not a high-end it sounds reasonable.

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