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The yet-unnamed semi-custom chip features a 4-core/8-thread CPU based on the "Zen 2" microarchitecture, with a nominal clock speed of 2.40 GHz, and up to 3.50 GHz boost. The CPU component offers an FP32 throughput of 448 GLOP/s. The GPU is based on AMD's latest RDNA2 graphics architecture—the same one powering the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and Radeon RX 6900 XT—and is comprised of 8 RDNA2 compute units (512 stream processors). The GPU operates at an engine clock speed of 1.10 GHz to 1.60 GHz, with peak compute power of 1.6 TFLOP/s. The silicon uses a unified memory interface, and a cutting-edge LPDDR5 memory controller.
Steam Deck is endowed with 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory, running at 5500 MT/s data-rate. Storage interfaces include eMMC (1 GB/s per direction), PCI-Express Gen 3 x4 for NVMe-based storage (4 GB/s per direction), and microSDXC. The chip is designed to operate at configurable TDP of 4 W to 15 W. On battery, the console uses aggressive power management, running the CPU and GPU at tighter clock-speeds, lowering the TDP. When plugged in, the SoC gets to stretch its legs and sustain max boost frequencies better.
LOL at one of the comments - they should have called it the "Gabe Boy"!I would much rather get this than a PS5 tbh:
Showed this to my son, thinking it would impress him... Apparently not. He then proceeded to tell me what is wrong with it. In summary, blah blah blah. Guess I am saving $400 this Christmas...
A Steam Deck for $4,000? Scalpers Hit Pre-Orders for Valve's Handheld PCHowever, it seems Valve instituted effective ways to prevent scalpers from taking pre-orders away from actual consumers during Friday's sale.
The initial batch of pre-orders for the Steam Deck did sell out quickly on Friday morning, which may make the product hard to come by once it ships in December. But in some good news, Valve seems to have come up with effective safeguards to prevent online scalpers from crashing the party.
To place a pre-order on Friday, you had to have owned a Steam account that made a purchase prior to June 2021. In addition, each Steam account was limited to only one pre-order, which cost $5 to place. As a result, scalpers were essentially blocked from creating batches of fake Steam accounts to secure multiple pre-orders.
Friday’s initial batch of pre-orders for the Steam Deck seem to have sold out by 10:41 a.m. That’s when we noticed Valve's website had changed the order availability for the product to “Q1 2022” instead of December.
Nevertheless, the Steam Deck site is still taking pre-orders from eligible users. But the availability for the 512GB model has been pushed back to "Q2 2022." That doesn’t bode well for consumers who failed to secure a pre-order.
R8,000 for the base