Sabrent has simply introduced us a brand new resolution to sluggish Steam Deck SSD speeds chances are you’ll be experiencing, within the type of the Rocket 2230—a small type issue PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD that may match snugly into your Steam Deck. It is available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, and could be the mini PCIe Gen 4 SSD I have been ready for.

For a while, Steam Deck customers have been clawing for higher NVMe SSD options, since even some SD card speeds rival the SSD inside our beloved Valve gaming handheld. However discovering an SSD within the appropriate type issue that is reliable, speedy, and available has confirmed a harder job than we anticipated. 

In fact, there have been just a few modders who thought “I do know, I am going to simply jam a 2242 drive into the Steam Deck’s 2230-size M.2 slot as a result of I am good and Gabe can suck it.” The Steam Deck designers have warned us, nonetheless, {that a} move like that “will considerably shorten the lifetime of your Deck.” 

Again to in search of a 2230 NVMe drive, then.

Whereas Sabrent will not be the primary producer to have come out with an M.2-bound SSD within the 2230 type issue, most cannot match the type of speeds we see in bigger type issue SSDs.

Samsung has its personal 2230 resolution within the type of the PM991, coming in with round 2,400 MB/s learn, and 1,950 MB/s write speeds—that is not nice, actually. Dell gave us the Class 35 2230 NVMe SSD which I actually cannot even discover critiques for, so who is aware of the speeds it is meant to provide you (you’ll be able to see why this entire factor is a little bit of a large number). 

The principle takeaway is that small type issue NVMe SSDs out within the wild are uncommon, and largely solely Gen 3.

Kioxia did update it is lineup of 2230 SSDs to incorporate the PCIe 4.0 BG5 sequence in November of 2021, although the 1TB mannequin is just rated at sequential learn/write speeds of three,500 MB/s and a pair of,900 MB/s, respectively, which might effectively be left within the mud if Sabrent’s newest claims are something to go by.

The Gen4 Sabrent Rocket 2230 is alleged to surrender to three occasions the Steam Deck’s write efficiency, with claimed 4,750MB/s learn speeds, and 4,300MB/s write speeds.

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Steam Deck with an image from Elden Ring overlayed on the screen

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In Valve’s official teardown video, the corporate reveals you how one can safely take away the Steam Deck SSD, although it does include a warning:

“An off-the-shelf SSD might trigger issues.” Energy consumption will increase are one potential subject which “might trigger overheating and decreased battery life.”

Swapping the SSD might additionally trigger electromagnetic and mechanical interference, Valve notes. Tthe SSD is near the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, in addition to another elements, and since a brand new SSD may need a “totally different emissions sample,” that would mess up your connectivity, or cease another elements working correctly by merely vibrating fallacious. 

The thermal module can be carefully related to the SSD, so please do not fiddle with it until you are assured you understand what you are doing.

With that disclaimer out of the best way, Sabrent tells us the Sabrent Rocket 2230 “shall be arriving in our warehouse very quickly.” Although there is no phrase on pricing. Both, method, we ought to be getting one in for testing quickly, so want me luck in swapping in that unhealthy boy. It’s best to have some Steam Deck benchmarks to look over quickly, supplied I do not utterly brick our assessment Deck.