ROG Ally is now available with a non-Extreme Ryzen Z1 processor
ASUS launches Ryzen Z1-based pocket PC.
Shortly after Steam announced a temporary price cut for its Steam Deck consoles, ASUS is introducing a more affordable version of its ROG Ally handheld. Although they revealed this model with the smaller AMD Phoenix APU back in June, its release was planned for the end of Q3. This launch has already occurred, and the console is either shipping or available for pre-order, depending on the region and retailer.
The RC71L-Z1512 is powered by a Ryzen Z1 processor with a 6-core Zen4/Zen4c APU and 4 RDNA3 compute units. This represents a significant reduction in GPU performance compared to the 8-core Zen4 and 12 CU RDNA3 Ryzen Z1 Extreme. However, the price is $100 less. It’s worth noting that both consoles come with 512GB of storage, and there’s no word on the availability of 256GB or 1TB models at this time.
ROG Ally consoles have a 7-inch 120Hz display with 1080p resolution. Because they are built on AMD hardware, they offer support for AMD FreeSync Premium as well as FSR (FidelityFX) and RSR (Radeon) Super Resolution technologies. The platform is equipped with 16 GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory and cannot be manually upgraded. ASUS does not currently offer higher memory options.
Similar to the Ryzen Z1 Extreme variant, the Z1 also supports external XG Mobile GPU support. This proprietary connector can be used with ASUS-supplied external graphics, which are significantly more expensive than the console itself. However, it could be a viable option for those who need a robust docking solution to boost the performance of high-resolution external monitors.
|Handheld game console|
|VideoCardz||ASUS ROG Ally
|ASUS ROG Ally
|Valve Steam Deck|
|Architecture||AMD Zen4 and RDNA3||AMD Zen4 and RDNA3||AMD Zen2 and RDNA2|
|APU||Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1GHz
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
|AMD Van Gogh
4C/8T up to 3.5GHz
|GPU SoC||AMD iGPU
12CU @ 2.7GHz
4CU @ 2.5GHz
8CU @ 1.6GHz
|External GPU||ROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090)||ROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090)||Not officially|
|Memory capacity||16GB LPDDR5-6400||16GB LPDDR5-6400||16GB LPDDR5-5500|
|Warehouse capacity||512 GB||512 GB||256GB/512GB SSD
|Storage type||M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4||M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4||M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 3×4
eMMC PCIe Gen2x1
|Display||7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz (VRR), 500 nits, 7ms||7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz (VRR), 500 nits, 7ms||7″ 1280×800, 60Hz|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.2||Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.2||Wi-Fi AC, BT 5|
|battery||40 Wh, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion||40 Wh, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion||40 Wh|
|Mass||608 g||608 g||669 g|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm||28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm||29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm|
|OS||Windows 11||Windows 11||Steam OS/Win 11|
|Retail price||$699/€799 (Z1E+16G+512GB)||$599/€699 (Z1+16G+512GB)
$399 / €419 (16G+64GB)
|Date of publication||June 13, 2023||September 18, 2023||February 2022|