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ASUS’ new cheaper ROG Ally lags behind Steam Deck in performance

Battery life stays similar, though.

The graphical user interface provides a user-friendly experience.
Source: KnowTechie

Valve literally reached new heights with the launch of its Linux-based handheld gaming console, the Steam Deck. While it was powerful, ASUS returned the favor with its more capable ROG Ally, launched early this year. 

ASUS’s ROG Ally features the powerful AMD Z1 Extreme chip and runs Windows. The Taiwanese brand had also promised to launch a cheaper version of the ROG Ally with a toned-down standard Z1 chip, which is now official.

Digital Trends has reviewed this cheaper ROG Ally model, and according to the outlet, its performance is nowhere near the original ROG Ally.

Z1 and Z1 Extreme ROG Ally models feature similar battery life 

Digital Trends reports a disappointing performance with this cheaper ROG Ally that even lags behind the Steam Deck

The outlet even cited benchmarks for popular games like Cyberpunk 2077, Horizon Zero Dawn, Strange Brigade, and Dying Light 2. The outlet ran the test at 15W using 720p or 800p resolution. 

Z1 rog ally lags behind the steam deck in performance
Source: Digital Trends

While the new ROG Ally with the standard AMD Z1 chip should outperform the Steam Deck, Ally’s Z1 chip’s four RDNA 3 cores are going up against Steam Deck’s semi-custom Aerith processor with eight RDNA 2 graphics cores.

The GPU disparity is at least partly to blame for Ally’s lagging performance. 

However, at 15W, the performance between the Ally and the Deck isn’t that significant. Also, the Steam Deck gets pushed to the max while running recent demanding titles like Starfield and Baldur’s Gate 3. 

On the other hand, the Ally may be slightly lagging behind Valve’s console, but it still has the 30W option, where it outperforms the Steam Deck in every possible way at the expense of battery life. 

Unfortunately, the Z1 chip doesn’t fare better than the Z1 Extreme chip in terms of the battery life. So, expect the same four hours with lightweight use, two with high-performing AAA titles at 30fps, and about an hour in Turbo Mode.

So, if you want performance, go for the ROG Ally Z1 Extreme variant, as it provides the best performance possible. On the other hand, Steam Deck would be a better choice if you are on a tight budget due to its better performance and battery life.

Asus ROG Ally portable console Z1 version

The ROG Ally is a powerful portable gaming console running Windows 11, with a 1080p 120Hz display for smooth gaming on the go. This is the more affordable version, powered by the AMD Ryzen Z1 processor and with 512GB of storage.

What we liked: Crisp 1080p display running at 120Hz refresh rate
Huge game selection as runs Windows 11
Robust third-party accessory ecosystem
Can use the ROG Mobile XG eGPU for more power
What we didn't like: AMD Ryzen Z1 processor is underpowered
Short battery life
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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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