There are two versions of the custom APU used in the ASUS ROG Ally handheld

Recently, the ASUS ROG Ally handheld console has captured the attention of many gamers. Built upon AMD’s codenamed “Phoenix” Ryzen 7040 series, its custom APU features a Zen 4 and RDNA 3 architecture combination, positioning it as a formidable competitor to the Steam Deck. The ROG Ally handheld console has appeared on the Geekbench database for testing and is currently undergoing certification.

According to Wccftech, the custom chip equipped in the ROG Ally handheld console includes the already revealed “Ryzen Z1 Extreme” and another variant called “Ryzen Z1,” with respective specifications of 8 cores 16 threads, and 6 cores and 12 threads. This development clarifies the prior appearance of two product codes, RC71X (8-core) and RC71L (6-core).

The Ryzen Z1 reportedly features a base frequency of 3.2 GHz, a boost frequency of 5.0 GHz, and 4 compute units (CUs) for its integrated GPU, two fewer than the Ryzen Z1 Extreme. This configuration corresponds to 512 FP32 cores with a frequency of around 800 MHz. It is currently unclear whether the ROG Ally handheld console will have two configurations upon its official release or if the Ryzen Z1 will be exclusive to prototype testing.

Based on previous information, the ROG Ally measures 280 x 133 x 39 mm and weighs 608g, making it smaller than the Steam Deck, with shorter, narrower, thinner, and lighter dimensions. The ROG Ally also features a 7-inch screen but has transitioned from Steam Deck’s 16:10 aspect ratio to 16:9, boasting a higher 1080p resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 5ms response time, and a 500-nit brightness. Additionally, the ROG Ally offers 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, a 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD in the M.2 2230 form factor, and a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion.