Steam deck + water
Surely you have already asked yourself whether handheld devices such as Switches, PSPs and the like can be cooled with water. It wouldn’t make sense, but it would be cool. Valve’s latest coup in the form of the Steam Deck has made us think about this crazy idea again. A handheld PC with water cooling would be something very special. Instead of wallowing in fantasy worlds, however, we rolled up our sleeves and just did it: the water-cooled Steam Deck. But where do you start when you have such a mammoth task ahead of you, with research of course. Does something like this already exist, or rather: are there components that would easily cool a steam deck with water? In both cases we met a big “no”. Apparently nobody has been crazy enough to try to flood the Steam Deck. Lucky for us to finally have something to do first. Of course, the project should not just be about a gimmick in the form of a mobile water cooling system. In summer temperatures, the original cooling of the Steam Deck is definitely overtaxed and, due to the undersized cooler and the loud fan, makes for an unpleasant gaming experience. And that’s all we need for justification. No, we’re not wasting time and effort here, we’re finally making the Steam Deck an everyday product.
How does it look in the Steam Deck?
The first relevant factor is the inner workings of the mobile PC. It depends on the internal structure whether the steam deck chip can be cooled with a water block at all. Luckily, Valve has done us a huge favor here and made sure that the Steam Deck is not only easy to disassemble, but also easy to repair. Specifically, it means that the chip is under a very easily removable cover and the cooler used is pressed onto the chip with three screws. Optimal conditions for your own construction.
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How does it look in the steam deck?The idea – complete self-constructionConstruction and printingWith a little manual skillAssemblyTest and temperaturesA successful conversion despite the great effort
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