For Linux Enthusiasts Especially, The Steam Deck Is An Incredible & Fun Device

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 25 February 2022 at 01:00 PM EST.
Benchmark Result

For those wondering about thermals and other early metrics on the Steam Deck, here is some initial numbers with SteamOS 3.0.

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The custom AMD SoC with its Zen 2 4 core / 8 thread design was successfully hitting up to 3.5GHz during testing while most commonly was clocking just shy of 2.0GHz for its peak core frequency.

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The PowerCap sysfs interface for the SoC was showing the SoC package consuming up to 27 Watts but on average was about a 12 Watt power draw.

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Under gaming workloads the average SoC temperature was 68 degrees with a peak recorded of 82 degrees, but on the outside was not too warm.

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The GPU temperature interface was reporting around a 66 degree average during the testing.

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The NVMe drive temperature was remaining quite low.

Benchmark Result

The battery power draw exposed via sysfs meanwhile reported a 19.6 Watt average and a 25.3 Watt peak. However, one of the power numbers isn't adding up with the PowerCap/RAPL interface reporting a 27 Watt peak, which wouldn't make sense with a 25.3 Watt peak power draw when running on battery. So while going off what the respective interfaces are exposing, treat these as rough estimates.


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