Some Steam Deck buyers have raised some doubts about RAM bandwidth: Valve doubled the value and corrected the specs.
These days we are talking a lot about Steam Deck , its potential, its possible defects, but above all its technical specifications. Which is the area in which Valve’s console / PC can really have an advantage over the Nintendo Switch. For this reason, many have noticed a possible bottleneck in the initial technical specifications of the machine: that is a bandwidth of the LPDDR5 memories of 44GB / s. Valve immediately ran for cover and corrected the technical specifications of the machine, doubling this value.
According to many, in fact, the Zen 2 hardware mounted inside the Steam Deck is able to handle a much higher data flow and a 44GB / s LPDDR5 memory bandwidth could be a real bottleneck. For comparison, the Switch manages 25.6GB / s, many laptops and Surfaces travel at 68GB / s, while Ryzen APUs with Vega 11 go at 48GB / s.
Being Steam Deck a gaming machine, it was essential to have a higher bandwidth, especially to exploit the full potential of the RDNA2 GPU. These observations must have hit the mark, so much so that Valve has corrected the official Steam Deck site, saying that in reality the memories are quad Channel and consequently the bandwidth has risen to 88GB / s.
Still talking about the build quality of the console, Valve ensures that Steam Deck will not suffer from drifting like the Nintendo Switch Joy-con.