Since the launch of Valve’s Steam Deck, everyone has been very interested in its internal structure, because it is packed with high-specification hardware in a very small size, and its SSD is replaceable, there should be many people interested in how to replace the SSD. Today, Valve has released a “Take a look inside Steam Deck” video, mainly showing how to replace the joystick and SSD.
The disassembly diagram of the Steam Deck is shown in the figure above. The left and right PCBs are mainly buttons and joysticks. The rocker is an independent module, which can be replaced separately. The battery and radiator occupy a lot of space in the middle of the machine. The I/O on the upper side of the machine is located on a separate small PCB, while the CPU, memory, and SSD are located on the left side of the radiator. The CPU has a heat pipe to transfer heat to the radiator
The calculation module of the Steam Deck is enclosed in an electromagnetic shielding case, including the M.2 2230 SSD, to disassemble this electromagnetic shielding case, you need to loosen four screws, two of which are under the fragile label, so Valve does not recommend players to replace the SSD by themselves, and because the SSD is very close to the wireless module, they have tested the machine for electromagnetic interference before leaving the factory, and replacing the SSD privately may cause some unknown consequences.