ASUS ROG Ally handheld with Ryzen Z1 Extreme is 30% (720p) to 37% (1080p) faster in gaming than Z1 non-Extreme

Published: Sep 30th 2023, 10:08 GMT   Comments

ROG Ally Z1 varaint gets official benchmarks from ASUS

ASUS has shared official benchmarks for its ROG Ally with Ryzen Z1 non-Extreme silicon.

As promised, the Z1 console was launched later than its Extreme variant, hitting the market on September 10th. What sets it apart is that it’s built around an entirely new chip with a different core layout, rather than being based on a scaled-down version of the larger silicon. Both chips belong to the AMD Phoenix product family, but they differ in their core design. The Z1 chip utilizes 2 Zen4 and 6 Zen4c cores, while the Extreme chip boasts 8 Zen4 cores. While this might not seem like a significant distinction for gamers, the notably reduced GPU power is where the real difference lies.

The Small Phoenix chip (also known as Phoenix2 or Ryzen Z1) comes equipped with 4 Compute Units, in contrast to the 12 found in the Extreme variant. Both still employ the RDNA3 architecture, but the Z1 console’s GPU has only one-third of the GPU cores present in the Ryzen Z1 Extreme silicon. Despite this substantial difference in GPU power, the console remains capable of delivering a good gaming experience, especially for games that aren’t heavily reliant on GPU performance.

ASUS ROG ALLY Ryzen Z1 vs Ryzen Z1 Extreme at 1080p, Source: ASUS

ASUS has provided two charts for reference, one showcasing performance at the console’s native 1920×1080 resolution and the other at 1280×720 resolution, which is further enhanced by RSR (AMD Radeon Super Resolution). As AMD continues to roll out its Fluid Motion Frame technology for more games and hardware, it will be intriguing to observe how AFMF benchmarks become a part of such devices (and benchmarks).

The AMD Ryzen Z1 can handle even the largest game libraries, from AAA to indie and retro titles alike. In our testing, we found that even resource-intensive games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Diablo IV were capable of 30 FPS or higher at 1080p in Turbo mode, with many other games exceeding 45 or 60 FPS for a smooth handheld experience.


The official benchmarks make it clear that neither the Z1 nor the Z1 Extreme chips are capable of consistently delivering 120 FPS for the 120Hz screens featured on these consoles. However, it’s worth noting that the games chosen for these benchmarks have above-average requirements, especially for an integrated GPU. Worth adding that the platform still offers a vast library of games that don’t demand such powerful hardware to run smoothly, and Steam Deck using 8 CU config of RDNA2 architecture is a good example of that.

ASUS ROG ALLY Ryzen Z1 vs Ryzen Z1 Extreme at 720p, Source: ASUS

The ROG Ally Z1 console comes at a price point that is $100/€100 lower than its Extreme counterpart. It provides 2.8 TFLOPS of compute power compared to the Extreme model’s 8.6 TFLOPS, which is a 67% reduction. Nevertheless, as demonstrated by these real gaming benchmarks, the performance gap is narrower than expected.

At 1080p resolution, gamers can anticipate a 37% improvement in performance with the selected titles, and a 30% boost at 720p resolution when playing on ROG Ally with Extreme chip compared to the non-Extreme model, that’s 34% faster on average. Given this performance delta, it would be reasonable to expect the price to be significantly lower than $599 (15% lower than Extreme).

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardzASUS ROG Ally
Valve Steam Deck
ArchitectureAMD Zen4 & RDNA3AMD Zen4 & RDNA3AMD Zen2 & RDNA2
APURyzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
AMD Van Gogh
4C/8T up to 3.5 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz
4CU @ 2.5 GHz
8CU @ 1.6 GHz
SoC TDP9-30W9-30W4-15W
External GPUROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090)ROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090)Not officially
Memory Capacity16GB LPDDR5-640016GB LPDDR5-640016GB LPDDR5-5500
Storage Capacity512GB512GB256GB/512GB SSD
Storage TypeM.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 3×4
eMMC PCIe Gen2x1
Display7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz (VRR), 500 nits, 7ms7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz (VRR), 500 nits, 7ms7″ 1280×800, 60Hz
ConnectivityWi-Fi AX, BT 5.2Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.2Wi-Fi AC, BT 5
Battery40 Whr, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion40 Whr, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion40 Whr
Dimensions (LxWxH)28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm
OSWindows 11Windows 11Steam OS/Win 11
Retail Price$699/€799 (Z1E+16G+512GB)$599/€699  (Z1+16G+512GB)
$649/€679 (16G+512GB)
$529/€549 (16G+256GB)
$399/€419 (16G+64GB)
Release DateJune 13th, 2023September 18, 2023February 2022

Source: ASUS

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