Valve has updated the memory specifications for their upcoming handheld gaming computer Steam Deck, which is expected to be ready for order in the second quarter of 2022.
Four-channel 32-bit LPDDR5
First, Steam Deck was stated to have dual-channel RAM, while the updated specifications show memory with speeds up to 5500 MT / s.
The speed of 5500 MT / s has not changed, but as the Twitter user Locuza points out, there was something that did not match the original LPDDR5 specifications listed by Valve.
Steam Deck was first listed with dual-channel LPDDR5, but it has now been corrected to quad-channel 32-bit LPDDR5. An important distinction that confirms that Steam Deck has a huge bandwidth compared to expected GPU performance.
Important for a device like Steam Deck
Memory bandwidth is especially important for a device like Steam Deck, and it matters to Valve’s chip selection. Steam Deck is powered by an AMD APU – ie CPU and GPU in one piece – and if there is anything useful for an APU, it is memory bandwidth. Because the CPU and GPU share access to the same memory, the requirements of the memory component are doubled compared to a standard PC setup.
A desktop PC with a discrete graphics card does not have to worry in the same way. Although it is still important to have plenty of memory bandwidth available, the burdens are distributed over two sets of memory – most often DDR4 memory for CPU and GDDR6 memory for GPU.
So there’s even more reason to get excited about Steam Deck? In fact, Valve’s handheld device is getting exciting. After this correction, it seems much more thoughtful.
Not ready for reservations from Norway
Steam Deck can not be reserved from Norway, but in the EU it is listed for reservations with prices of 419 euros for the cheapest 64 GB model, 549 euros for the 256 model and 679 euros for 512 GB. Roughly speaking, you can multiply the euro price by ten and you approach the amount in Norwegian kroner. It is stated that Steam Deck is expected to be ready for orders in the second quarter of next year.