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After many leaks, AMD has now formally announced their brand new Ryzen Z1 Series, which directly target the handheld gaming space like the Steam Deck. 

The chips being announced today are the Zen 4 based Ryzen Z1 and Ryzen Z1 Extreme that come with RDNA 3 architecture-based graphics. AMD also announced clearly that the ASUS ROG Ally will be the first device launching with them.

From the press release:

“At AMD, we’re continually advancing the next generation of gaming experiences, from consoles to desktops to on-the-go handheld devices,” said Jason Banta, corporate vice president and general manager, Client OEM at AMD. “Ryzen Z1 processors deliver gamers an elite gaming experience and extreme portability in exciting gaming form factors.”

Model Cores/Threads Graphics Cache
AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8/16 12 AMD RDNA 3
compute units
24 MB
AMD Ryzen Z1 6/12
compute units
22 MB

The processors support USB4 and the latest LPDDR5 and LPDDR5X memory standards.

AMD also said in their press release that more info on the ROG Ally will be announced on May 11th.

“Having a great gaming experience doesn’t mean you have to be tied to a chair or a charger,” said Shawn Yen, product management director of Gaming Business Unit, Asus. “With the new Ryzen Z1 Series processors, we’re working with AMD to deliver the power, visuals and efficiency needed to enable a superior portable gaming experience — whether you’re traveling, commuting for work or simply want to game untethered.”

On the official AMD page for the new processors, AMD give more details and yet they're showing a Nintendo Switch and a Steam Deck in pictures before the Ally:

The question is why are they showing two devices not using these chips? An error left in, or are we just supposed to assume it's to showcase power from low to high without naming them directly? Curious. Or even upcoming new versions of both with these new chips (not likely).

Update 20:12 UTC: AMD removed the Switch and Steam Deck so it's now just the Ally:

So at least now we know what processor the ROG Ally will use but can it really compete with the Steam Deck? Until we know pricing, nothing is clear on that. With more power comes more battery drain too, there's so many unknowns about it.

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I would wait for the amd strix halo APU its suppose to have be a very good gpu 6/8/12 core with 40 CU RDNA 3.5 discrete GPU "chiplet" and 20 AI cores , looks like amd is going all in the mobile markets. could be an interesting time.
Mohandevir Apr 26
If it was that easy to beat the Steam Deck, Aya Neo and OneXPlayer would have beaten it. They already have these "more powerful" devices. Thing is, SteamOS is a major reason of the Steam Deck's success. Windows is unfit for the task and Gamescope-Session comes with lots of "push a button" features that Windows doesn't have at all or requires you to hack into it.

On top of that, from comments I read on forums, many users value the Steam validation tool, because it gives an easy way to know if the game is a good fit for a handheld (button mapping, text and UI scale and all these things that do not link to games that don't run on a Linux OS). This and the awesome community support that the Steam Deck as gained.

Thank you, but no thank you. I'll wait for the Steam Deck 2 that will blow the Asus Ally out of the water, like every new device that comes to the market, at a much lower price.

Last edited by Mohandevir on 26 April 2023 at 12:57 pm UTC
I hope Valve release SteamOS officially for end-user and OEM soon. I don't really care who makes the hardware, I just want them to use SteamOS and Linux by-default.
tylerr Apr 27
699 for ally according to leaks, good price
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