It took a short time however the cheaper variant of the ASUS ROG Ally outfitted with a non-Excessive model of the Ryzen Z1 SoC is now accessible and it prices $100 lower than the Ryzen Z1 Excessive mannequin we reviewed in June. The arrival of the cheaper SKU comes within the midst of one other Steam Deck sale, although, through which Valve’s personal handheld game console is marked down 10-20%, relying on the SKU.
You’ll find the base ROG Ally for $599.99 on Finest Purchase, together with the extra highly effective mannequin Ryzen Z1 Excessive mannequin for $699.99. In the meantime, Valve’s flagship Steam Deck with 512GB of NVMe SSD storage is on sale for $519.20 (down from $649), whereas the 256GB NVMe SSD mannequin is marked all the way down to $449.65 (from $529) and the 64GB eMMC config is promoting for $359.10 (down from $399).
This raises the plain query—is the Ryzen Z1-powered ROG Ally for $599.99 value shopping for or must you spring for both the extra highly effective Ryzen Z1 Excessive mannequin or a Steam Deck (which is getting HDR and VRR assist)? The imprecise one-size-fits-all reply is, it relies upon.
Aside from the downgraded SoC, the $599.99 and $699.99 ROG Ally share the identical specs, together with a 7-inch IPS show (1920×1080, 120Hz refresh fee, 7ms response time, 500 nits brightness, FreeSync Premium), 16GB of LPDDR5-6400 RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, Dolby Atmos audio, and so forth.
Where the 2 fashions diverge is with the engine that drives the hand-held, if you’ll. The non-Excessive Ryzen Z1 contained in the $599.99 ROG Ally includes a 6-core/12-thread CPU clocked at as much as 4.9GHz with 22MB of complete cache, in comparison with an 8-core/16-thread config clocked at as much as 5.1GHz with 24MB of complete cache within the Ryzen Z1 Excessive.
The larger disparity, nevertheless, is throughout the graphics portion. The Ryzen Z1 sports activities an built-in Radeon 740M GPU with simply 4 compute items serving up 256 shaders, with a 2.5GHz clock velocity. This interprets into as much as 2.8 TFLOPS of graphics energy.
AMD’s Ryzen Z1 Excessive wields a extra highly effective Radeon 780M iGPU with 12 compute items and 768 shaders, configured with a 2.7GHz increase clock. This bumps the graphics energy as much as 8.6 TFLOPS.
TFLOPS is not every part, after all, but it surely’s not nothing both (particularly when evaluating the identical structure). So, what does this all boil all the way down to?
Zak Killian, who reviewed the Ryzen Z1 Excessive powered ROG Ally, had this to say in regards to the Ryzen Z1 mannequin: “I feel the efficiency distinction goes to be lots decrease than folks anticipate, notably on the 15W-and-below energy restrict that you really want to make use of for battery play. “tt’s additionally fascinating as a result of will probably be the primary launch of a hybrid CPU from AMD—Ryzen Z1 is `Phoenix 2` with 2x Zen4 + 4x Zen4C.”
His prediction is that the “absolute top-end efficiency goes to be lots worse, however I thihnk the 15W and decrease efficiency goes to be almost equivalent, like 5-10%.”