New details about the ASUS ROG Ally have been confirmed, just a few days after ASUS started teasing the gaming handheld. The ASUS ROG Ally will combine a 120 Hz display with a Zen 4 and RDNA 3-based custom AMD Ryzen APU, among other features.
Dave Lee and Linus Sebastian have confirmed more details about the ROG Ally, following ASUS’ confirmation that the gaming handheld was not an April Fools’ Day joke. As we discussed yesterday, ASUS initially revealed little about the ROG Ally, other than its design, ROG XG Mobile compatibility and a nod to it featuring a custom Ryzen 7000 series APU.
According to Lee and Sebastian, AMD and ASUS have partnered to deliver an RDNA 3 and Zen 4-based APU, rather than a Zen 3-based one, as ETA Prime speculated. Hence, the ROG Ally contains a custom Ryzen 7x40U APU, although its CPU core and GPU Compute Unit counts remain unknown at this stage. Still, both YouTubers claim that the ROG Ally is up to 2x faster than the Steam Deck and its custom AMD Aerith APU. Incidentally, The Phawx disputes this and believes that ‘2x performance isn’t happening for a number of reasons’.
For reference, Sebastian states that the APU is 2x faster than the Steam Deck at 30 W, but just 50% faster at 15 W. Also, the ROG Ally will run at 20 dB in 15 W mode; it remains to be seen how loud the gaming handheld will get when running at 30 W. Separately, the ROG Ally has a 7-inch IPS display running at 1080p in a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 500 nits peak brightness. In comparison, the Steam Deck peaks at 400 nits. Display response times are unclear too, with Lee quoting 5 ms and Sebastian quoting 7 ms.
Moreover, the ROG Ally will utilise M.2 2230 SSDs, which likely limits its capacity to 1 TB. Furthermore, ASUS has equipped the device with a UHD II MicroSD card reader, a fingerprint sensor and a battery capacitive that should be competitive with the Steam Deck and its 40 Wh battery. It is worth keeping in mind that the ROG Ally will lack hall-effect analog sticks though, as well as Thunderbolt 4 or USB4 connectivity. Instead, its ROG XG Mobile port will deliver PCIe Gen 3 x8 speeds, not PCIe x4 like Thunderbolt 4.
Unfortunately, ROG XG Mobile units are comparatively expensive and are not user upgradeable, which are both downsides over other eGPU solutions. ASUS has not revealed when it will start selling the ROG Ally, which measures 280 x 113 x 39 mm and weighs 608 g. Sebastian hints that ASUS will confirm pricing within the next few months though, meaning that the device should not be that far away from being released. Currently, The Phawx estimates that the ROG Ally will retail for between US$600 and US$800, depending on anticipated sales volumes.
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Alex Alderson, 2023-04- 4 (Update: 2023-04- 4)