Belly Jelly pointed out that there is plenty of space reserved on the original Steam Deck PCB, so he can successfully add an M.2 2230 to M. 2242SSDtransfer card.
As shown in the picture, the modification will not interfere with any electronic components or cables on the Steam Deck – except for the cooling components to be slightly bent.
It is also important to note that before re-installing the M.2 2242 riser card, also remove the thermal pad on top of one of the inductors next to the slot.
Although Belly Jelly doesn’t explicitly advertise it, at least we can be sure that KingSpec’s NE series M.2 2242 SSD is perfectly compatible.
After using this M.2 2242 SSD with 3D TLC NAND flash memory, it can achieve sequential read and write speeds of 2100 and 1000 MB/s.
In addition, the installation process after downloading the game (SteamOS installed on the new disk) also has an average write of 406 MB/s.
In fact, from the very beginning of the design, Valve generously allowed users to replace the M.2 2230 SSD by themselves, so many players were looking forward to buying the entry-level model and then upgrading to a large-capacity solid-state drive.
What’s even better is that Fat G has made it clear that replacing the SSD will not affect the Steam Deck’s warranty – definitely the conscience of the industry.