Violating Valve’s Warning (opens in new tab), a Canadian modder upgraded their Steam Deck’s SSD to accommodate a 2242 M.2 NVMe SSD instead of the 2230 form factor SSD it came with. While you’ve probably been thinking about increasing the storage capacity of your Steam deck, now you know it’s possible to get physically bigger too.
The pcb seems to fit nicely into the 2242 sqm steam deck, it doesn’t collide with anything on the motherboard and doesn’t put any extra stress on any cables. However, it does bend the heatsink a bit. The rear plate was reassembled with no problems. pic.twitter.com/4j4LVbS0NGJune 21, 2022
Popular hardware (opens in new tab) Bringing our attention to the modder’s Twitter overview, we learned that the new SSD “will not collide with anything on the motherboard or put any additional stress on any cables”. A bit concerning, though, that this mod does “bend the heatsink a little bit”.
This can cause problems with overheating later on, but they note that doesn’t stop the backplate shape from clipping back nicely. This sounds completely safe. completely.
For anyone wondering which SSD modders use, it’s a 512GB KingSpec PCIe 3.0 x2 with a top speed of around 1100 MB/s.Sadly, there’s still no way to plug one of the best NVMe SSDs (opens in new tab) there because they are in the standard 2280 form factor, but at least 2242 is easier to master (opens in new tab) Over 2230 NVMe SSDs. This makes it easy to stick 1TB of storage into your Deck.
Although there are ways to do this without modifying the internals. You can always fit a super-sized microSD (opens in new tab) card and run away.
When measuring the difference between micro SD and NVME SSD (opens in new tab) In Steam Deck, testers found that the micro SD loading was only 2 seconds behind, while in the other devices there was no measurable difference: just as fast. So if you’re worried about its speed, don’t worry too much.
However, if you’re desperate for more storage and aren’t too worried about voiding your warranty, a larger internal SSD might just be the way to go for fast loads.
Valve has made it very easy to access the deck without the need for proprietary screws or complicated procedures to take it apart. You just unscrew it, give it a little shake, and all the insides are there for your technical entertainment.
Just make sure to slide out any SD card you might have first, or it will rest.