ASUS has introduced a portable game console ROG Ally. The novelty, which many initially perceived as an April Fool’s joke, includes a very productive filling, a high-quality display, and the only thing that the first reviewers scold it for is a very modest battery life.
ASUS ROG Ally is powered by AMD’s purpose-built Ryzen Z1 Extreme APU, which combines eight Zen 4 cores up to 5.1GHz with powerful RDNA 3 integrated graphics with 12 execution units (768 stream processors, up to 2.7 GHz). There will also be a more affordable option on a Ryzen Z1 processor with six Zen 4 cores (4.9GHz) and just four RDNA 3 blocks (2.5GHz). Both chips have a dynamic TDP of 9 to 30 watts. A system with a pair of fans is responsible for cooling.
The set-top box is running full-fledged Windows 11 Home, so you can install absolutely any PC games on it. It also supports the connection of external displays, as well as gamepads and other peripherals.
Regardless of the version, the console has a 7-inch IPS touch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a frequency of 120 Hz and a brightness of up to 500 cd / m2. On the sides of it, ROG Ally has controls in the form of a pair of joysticks, a D-pad, A, B, X, Y buttons, as well as other function buttons. At the end there are bumpers and triggers like the Xbox controller.
In both versions, the set-top box is equipped with 16 GB of LPDDR5-6400 RAM, of which 4 GB is dedicated to the graphics processor. The younger version of ROG Ally received a 256 GB solid-state drive, while the older version received 512 GB. Both are M.2 2230 PCIe 4.0 SSDs. There is also a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort 1.4 support, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a proprietary ROG XG Mobile interface. for an external video card. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are supported. The device weighs 608 grams with dimensions of 280.44 × 111.18 × 21.22 mm.
The novelty shows noticeably higher performance than its main competitor Steam Deck, which is not surprising given the more modern and powerful hardware. For example, in Cyberpunk 2077, the new ASUS Rog Ally can provide up to 66 FPS, while Steam Deck is 39 FPS. We will tell you more about performance in a separate article with reviews. In standalone mode, the ASUS console is powered by a 40 Wh battery, which can provide 2 hours of battery life in heavy games. Supports 65W charging.
The ASUS ROG Ally on the Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip will cost $699 in the US and €799 in Europe, and it will go on sale on June 13th. In turn, the younger version on the Ryzen Z1 is priced at $599 or €699, and its sales will begin in the third quarter.
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