This AMD Ryzen powered handheld gaming console CAN run Crysis

Published: 21st Feb 2021, 11:36 GMT   Comments

AYA Neo runs Crysis Remastered

It’s not just XBOX Series and PS5, AMD enters the handheld console market.

AYA Neo Founders, Credit: ETA Prime, AYA Neo

We have been sharing news on the AYA Neo console ever since it was announced. It’s the first handheld gaming console that will be powered by AMD Ryzen CPU. The development on this console has started way before Ryzen 5000 series codenamed “Cezanne” were announced, hence it is based on older “Renoir” architecture. The console features a 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU with a Zen2 core architecture. This particular Ryzen CPU has no SMT, which means it only has 6 threads.

The console has recently started shipping to first customers and reviewers. The first model that was released is called Aya Neo Founder, which is a special edition with translucent chassis. This console is now shipping to crowdfunding backers. The manufacturer is expected to implement various changes to the device before it reaches the retail market, hence the Founders should be considered an early design that may look different from the finished product.

AYA Neo in Crysis Remastered, Credit: ETA Prime

AYA Neo Founder also comes with 16GB of LPDDR4X memory and either 512GB or 1TB of NVMe storage. The console is equipped with a 1280×800 IPS display, which ensures that Ryzen CPU integrated graphics can still provide a playable experience with a framerate above 30 in most games. The 47wH battery can officially provide up to 6 hours of use, but in heavy gaming, it is usually around 2 hours.

AMD Ryzen 5 4500U features Radeon 6 Vega graphics with only 6 Compute Units (384 Streaming Processors). Despite such a low number of cores, this is actually more than enough to run various emulators and even games with SoC power locked to 5W (from nominal 15W). This expands the battery life to multiple hours.

YouTubers such as ETA PRIME or Taki Udon have released their first look video featuring the console. The console can provide playable framerate at 1280×800 resolution with settings at medium to low. Some games are playable with APU power locked to 5W. The videos that are attached later in this post also include emulator tests. Those tests are early previews with detailed reviews expected in the coming weeks.

Aya Neo will compete in the handheld gaming market with upcoming One Gx1 Pro and GDP Win3. Both will feature Intel Tiger Lake CPUs with Xe Graphics. If not for the very high price of these devices, 2021 could become the first year when gaming on integrated graphics actually becomes popular.

AYA NEO Performance
GeekbenchSC 1088, MT 4260Geekbench 5 Windows
PCMark 104787Default
3DMark Night RaidCombined 11444, GPU 12712Default
3DMark Time SpyCombined 1097,  GPU 975Default
3DMark Fire StrikeCombined 2935, GPU 3217Default
Forza Horizon 467 FPSMedium (1280×800)
GTA 568 FPSNormal/Medium (Mixed) (1280×800)
Skyrim Special Edition60 FPSMedium (1280×800)
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite60 FPSMedium (1280×800)
Doom Eternal62 FPSLow / Dynamic Resolution OFF (1280×800)
Counter-Strike GO100+ FPSHigh/Medium (Mixed) (1280×800)
Fortnite77 FPSMedium (100% Resolution Scale) (1280×800)
Crysis Remastered42 FPSLow/Medium (Mixed) (1280×800)
Cyberpunk 207730 FPSLow (1280×800)


AYA Neo in Synthetic Benchmarks, Credit: ETA Prime

15W Gaming

AYA Neo in 15W Gaming, Credit: ETA Prime

5W Gaming

AYA Neo in 5W Gaming, Credit: Taki Udon

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardz.comAYA NEO FounderOne Gx1  ProGDP Win 3GDP Win MaxGDP Win 2Nintendo Switch
ArchitectureAMD Zen2 (Renoir)Intel Tiger LakeIntel Tiger LakeIntel Ice LakeIntel Kaby LakeNVIDIA Maxwell
SoCAMD Ryzen 5 4500UIntel Core i7-1160G7Intel Core i7-1165G7/i5-1135G7*Intel Core i5-1035G7Intel Core M3-7Y30NVIDIA Tegra X1
SoC CPU6 cores/6 threads @ 4.0 GHz4 cores/8 threads @ 4.4 GHz4 cores/8 threads @ 4.7 GHz/4.2 GHz*4 cores/8 threads @ 3.7 GHz2 cores/4 threads @ 2.6 GHz4x ARM Cortex A57, 4x ARM Cortex A53 @ 2.0 GHz
SoC GPUAMD Radeon Vega 6 @ 1.5 GHzIntel Xe (96 EU) @ 1.3 GHzIntel Xe (96/80* EU) @ 1.3 GHzIris Plus 940 (64EU) * 1.05 GHzIntel HD 615NVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA @ 1 GHz
Memory16GB DDR4-LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4-32008GB LPDDR3-18664GB
Storage512 GB / 1TB *512 GB PCIe NVME SSDm.2 2280 PCIe NVME SSDm.2 2280 PCIe NVME SSD128GB SSD32GB
Display7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1920×1200 IPS5.5″ 1280×7208″ 1280×7206″ 1280×720 IPS6.2 1280×720
ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, SIMWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.202.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
Bluetooth 4.1
Battery47 Whr12,000 mAhTBC3x 5000 mAh2×4900 mAh4310 mAh
Weight650 g623 gTBC790 g460g (1 pound)0.88 lbs / 0.61 lbs *
Dimensions25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm17.3 x 13.6 x 2.1 cmTBC20.7 × 14.5 × 2.6 cm16.2 x 9.9 x 2.5 cm23.9 x 10.1 x 1.4 cm
20.8 x 9.1 x 1.4 cm
OSWindows  10Windows  10Windows 10Windows 10Windows / LinuxCustom
Release Price & Date3999 Yuan, 4599 Yuan*, November 2020TBC, December 2020TBC885 USD, August 2020330 USD, May 2018300 USD, March 2017
* 1TB model* Base model* HDH-001

Source (gaming tests):

[ETA PRIME] FINALLY! A RYZEN Powered Handheld Gaming PC - AYA NEO First Look! (2,545,538 views)

Source (emulator tests + 5W gaming):

[Taki Udon] This Ryzen Handheld is Amazing! - AYA NEO First Look (646,111 views)

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