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AMD unveils Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme processors for handheld gaming, powering ROG Ally

By The Count - on 8 May 2023, 5:57pm

AMD unveils Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme processors for handheld gaming, powering ROG Ally

AMD has recently unveiled its latest Ryzen Z1 and Ryzen Z1 Extreme processors, both of which are high-performance chips specifically designed for handheld gaming consoles. The ASUS ROG Ally, a handheld gaming console, is set to be powered by the Ryzen Z1 Extreme. Until now, ASUS had only mentioned that the console would feature a custom AMD Ryzen APU with RDNA 3 graphics.

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The Ryzen Z1 Extreme boasts eight cores, 16 threads, and 12 AMD RDNA 3 compute units, delivering a staggering 8.6 teraflops of graphics performance. To put that into perspective, the Steam Deck offers just 1.6 teraflops. For those following figures and specs, the 12 AMD RDNA 3 graphics compute units seem to be similarly configured to the integrated AMD Radeon 780M GPU offered in the mobile Ryzen 9 7940HS and the Ryzen 7 7840U eight-core processors.

On the other hand, the Ryzen Z1 features six cores, 12 threads, and 4 AMD RDNA 3 compute units. Both chips are based on AMD's cutting-edge Zen 4 architecture.

The Ryzen Z1 Series chips support USB4 connectivity and LPDDR5 and LPDDR5X memory options. The Ryzen Z1 processor promises 2.8 teraflops of graphics processing power.

Designed to work with Windows 11 and other operating systems, the Ryzen Z1 Series processors enable devices to access a vast range of Windows 11 applications and games, including those available through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass. Roanne Sones, head of Xbox hardware, expressed excitement over AMD's investment in new processors to expand the handheld gaming device category.

AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition is available to optimize gameplay, featuring AMD Radeon Super Resolution, Radeon Chill, Radeon Image Sharpening, AMD Link, and more.

The ASUS ROG Ally will be the first device to feature Ryzen Z1 processors. Further details on the ROG Ally's pricing and availability will be announced by ASUS on May 11, 2023. Stay tuned.

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