enthusiast changed portable game console Steam Deck, which doubles RAM, up to 32 GB. True, solving the problem required special technical skills and tools.
Valve’s Steam Deck is by far one of the most popular portable gaming consoles out there. However, it faces very strong competition from other manufacturers who offer their portable solutions with more powerful hardware. For example, the same latest ASUS ROG Ally uses a more modern AMD chip with Zen 4 and RDNA 3 architectures, while Steam Deck is in turn based on a custom AMD APU with Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. Both consoles offer the same amount of RAM though – 16GB.
Various Chinese manufacturers are also actively involved in the competition. For example, the AyaNeo Air 1S console offers up to 32GB of RAM, while One Netbook’s OneXPlayer 2 can offer up to 64GB of LPDDR5X RAM. However, Steam Deck differs from them in a significantly lower cost. And Valve’s recent decision to sell refurbished consoles at reduced prices should further increase the Steam Deck’s popularity.
Another feature of the Steam Deck is its popularity among enthusiasts and modders who, for example, have already found ways to put an even larger SSD in it or replace the standard display with a more advanced one. The latest modification of the Steam Deck is associated with an increase in RAM. However, this process involves the complex task of desoldering chips and installing larger chips. Without the necessary tools and skills, such an approach will not work.
Since the enthusiast who rebuilt the Steam Deck with 32GB of RAM didn’t provide any details on the change in performance, it’s hard to say if there was any benefit. However, he provided a photo confirming that the set-top box detected the presence of 30.2GB of free RAM.