Valve’s Steam Deck Laptop PC won’t hit gamers for a few months yet, but you can get a first look at the system’s internal hardware via a new official teardown video. Interestingly, Valve is spending much of the teardown video warning future owners don’t do thatbecause the Steam Deck was really designed as a closed console rather than a fully customizable PC.
Many parts of the Deck have been specially designed or tested for the system, and doing something like swapping out a standard SSD could really mess up the fine balance Valve achieved with the system. Thankfully, Valve is hinting that some exclusive parts, like the Deck’s thumbsticks, will eventually be tradable with third-party companies providing aftermarket parts. This is certainly good news given the ever-present concern about analog stick drift. You can check out the Steam Deck teardown for yourself below.
Did not follow the Steam Deck? You can check out some early benchmarks here. The system sells in Configurations at $ 399, $ 529 and $ 649, the only difference being the amount of storage on board. Here are the basic specifications of the system:
The Steam Deck features an AMD Van Gogh APU with 4 cores and 8 threads. The processor will run at a base clock frequency of 2.4 GHz and turbo up to 3.5 GHz. As for the GPU, you get the AMD RDNA 2 architecture with 8 compute units for a total of 512 stream processors that will clock up to 1600 MHz. The processor will offer 448 GFlops while the GPU will offer 1.6 TFLOPs of FP32 power for a total of over 2 TFLOPs of performance, making it faster than the original Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
The Steam Deck will begin shipping in December. Don’t expect to pick one up for Christmas now, as the system is out of stock until 2022.