ASUS ROG Ally Delivers Great Performance


[H]F Junkie
Dec 19, 2005
Multiple reports confirmed a stellar performance increase in comparison to Valve’s Steam Deck

“The hardest title on the list was God of War 3 on the RPCS3 emulator. This was a really hard game to run on PCs and is only able to offer 15-25 FPS on a Steam Deck at 720P. Meanwhile, the ASUS ROG Ally doesn't even sweat with an outstanding 60 FPS at 1080p using the 30W mode.

Once again, this goes on to show that AMD made an absolutely great decision by putting AVX-512 support on its Ryzen Z1 APUs which handhelds such as the ASUS ROG Ally can utilize. Other Ryzen Phoenix 7040U/H/HS APUs will feature similar performance though battery timings and power will be a tad bit better for the Z1 Extreme due to its handheld-exclusive optimizations.”

Given the price difference and especially the generational difference in the hardware onboard with the Deck's hardware being literally 2 generations behind, this isn't particularly surprising in terms of raw performance. The Steam Deck has a custom APU that's using Zen2 CPU + RDNA2 GPU cores (at the time of its design, rather unique considering outside the current consoles, most Zen2 APUs had Vega cores!), whereas the Ally has Zen4 + RDNA3 (particularly on the extreme version). Though between the two, I still greatly favor the Steam Deck for even revitalizing this market segment at all (the Ally and a few UMPC in this style would not be a focal point were it not for the Deck) its Linux native and open source OS and other software, and significant benefits to the design (ie the trackpads, rear buttons and more) and overall functionality of the Deck; to say nothing for its comparatively affordably price (which forced Asus to massively lower the price - looking at AyaNeo and others and typical Asus ROG pricing, launching at well over $1000 seemed likely but Asus rightly knew that it would be a completely different market segment vs the Deck)

I'd be more interested in seeing the release of a next-gen Steam Deck with newer hardware, while keeping to Valve's take on openness in software and hardware alike (perhaps even a Framework style design meant for modular upgrading would be best of all), vs buying something like the Ally which may have reasonably modern hardware but lacks many of the elements that made the Deck unique.
The extra cores and egpu are very nice, but the lack of ram and proprietary connector is a no go. Unless they release a dock utilizing their specialized connector, or 32GB of RAM….
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