Valve prepares safe temperatures for steam tires in the middle of heat waves

Valve prepares safe temperatures for steam tires in the middle of heat waves

A Steam Deck hovers over the sun and the silhouette of a person.

Praise the sun, but stay away from the heat with your expensive gaming hardware!
Picture: Valve / Kotaku / Andy Lyons (Getty pictures)

While Valve is no doubt happy that Steam Deck is a hot item these days, it will make sure your deck does not cross unsafe temperature thresholds. The company took to Twitter to issue a warning and clarify safe operating temperatures for its laptop. Given all the amazing, non-worrying, record-breaking heat waves that hit different parts of the world, players who are willing to risk exposure to the phenomena of sunlight should pay attention.

Yesterday, the official Steam Deck Twitter account directly addressed Tire owners who may be struggling through deadly severe temperatures. “To our friends in the middle of a heatwave, a quick note about Steam Deck in high temperatures,” the tweet began. «Steam Deck performs at its best in ambient temperatures between 0 ° and 35 ° C. If the temperature gets higher than this, Steam Deck can start to choke the performance to protect itself. “

Throttling is, as Valve describes very simply, a way for a computer to “protect itself” when internal temperatures get too high. Basically, the hardware scales down the performance so that it does not continue to generate more heat. If it gets hot enough for hardware damage to be imminent, another protective measure starts: a forced shutdown.

When temperatures get too high for throttling to make a difference, most computers will have some sort of shutdown feature. Valve, in a follow-up tweetnoted that an internal temperature of 105 C is when Steam Deck will have had enough of the overclocking and turn off to “protect itself (and you) from damage.”

«Steam Deck’s APU works well at temperatures up to 100 ° C. At 100 ° C, it will start to reduce performance, “the company says, which is interesting. I have certainly found that laptops, including laptops, tend to run a little hotter than desktops that have more space and more advanced cooling hardware.But 100 degrees is actually quite hot for a PC component! GPUs that push past 85 C or so are considered “hot” and are usually disliked by enthusiasts.Forget desktop temperatures of 100 C. This will mean that Your cooling system needs a serious reassessment.

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Regardless, it sounds like standing outside with Steam Deck, in direct sunlight, is not the best time to see how much nonsense you can ruin in Tear down or how high you can screw in the graphics Cyberpunk 2077.

We are at a strange crossroads in history where temperatures are rising due to man-made climate change, while also enjoying portable technology that is now more powerful than ever. This combination has not been good for our environment or our leisure activities. Portable consumer electronics can create much more heat than we had seen from a small machine from the 2000s or even the 2010s. Valve and Steam Deck are not alone in this difficulty.

Nintendo has too recently issued warnings about the hybrid console’s performance in hot weather, and notes that the Switch is intended to be played in environments between 5 C to 35 C. Like the deck, the Switch will also hit its own internal killswitch if it gets too hot.

So while these devices have some tricks to protect themselves from absolute meltdown, it’s probably best to plan your portable sessions around a nice couch, next to an air conditioner, where you can forget all about the collapsing state of our environment. . .

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