At the beginning of the year we saw the launch of the ASUS RoG Ally Z1 Extreme portable console based on the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor. This portable console, which uses the Windows 11 operating system, can play any game on the market without problems. Well then, ASUS just announced the RoG Ally Z1 “normal”which has some adjustments and a somewhat more attractive price.
Although there have been many attempts to compete with the Nintendo Switch, they have all gone largely unnoticed. Until ASUS and Valve have arrived, who have launched portable consoles with the heart of a laptop.
Both companies have opted for AMD processors, which is the only manufacturer that offers interesting solutions for this segment. Specifically, the brand offers its APUs that combine cutting-edge cores and graphics capable of moving any game and that support the latest technologies.
The “normal” ASUS RoG Ally Z1 presented
The console that the brand presented at the beginning of the year has not left anyone indifferent. And the ASUS RoG Ally Z1 Extreme has the powerful AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme APUs and one 1080p screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Well, now they are launching a review of this “simpler” console, so to speak. Has similar characteristicscutting certain features to offer it at a more affordable price.
It took us a bit, since ASUS does not reveal the Ryzen Z1 data, but we found it and compared the APUs of both consoles:
|AMD Ryzen Z1||AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme|
|Cores/threads||6 cores and 12 threads||8 cores and 16 threads|
|Integrated graphics||Radeon 740M (RDNA 3 Architecture)||Radeon 780M (RDNA 3 Architecture)|
|RAM memory support||DDR5/LPDDR5X||DDR5/LPDDR5X|
|PCIe lines||20 PCIe 4.0 lanes||20 PCIe 4.0 lanes|
As you can see, the processor loses a couple of cores and the frequencies are reduced a bit. The Graphic card, what happens from one Radeon 780M with 768 Stream Processes and 12 RT Cores at one Radeon 740M with 256 Stream Processors and 4 RT Cores.
The console continues to support technologies such as AMD FSR and Radeon Super Resolution, although of course, more limited in performance. Despite everything, it seems to offer good performance in next-generation games in both 1080p and 720p resolutions.
You can move games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Diablo IV in resolution 1080p To over 30FPS in Turbo mode, as well as other games move them between 45-60 FPS. We can get a higher FPS rate if we set the resolution to 720p.
Settings added by the company’s new console
ASUS highlights that the console will include all the improvements made for the Ally Z1 Extreme since June. Some of them are:
- More options for controller setup, including a calibration tool for joysticks and triggers, an anti-dead zone slider, and Hold to Repeat functionality
- More useful UI elements for Armory Crate and Command Center, including battery level, Wi-Fi status, and current system time
- More options in Command Center, including the “End Task” button
- Improved game library with better manual art selection and manual addition and removal of games
- Greater support for USB-C docks for 30W desktop playback
- More options for FPS limiter and GPU Allocated Memory options, so users can further customize their performance
- The ability for the screen to dim further for ease of use in dark environments
- Updated GPU drivers with support for new games like Starfield
Initially, the “regular” ASUS RoG Ally Z1 is available only in the United States for $499.99. We do not know when it will be officially launched in Spain, but the price could be the same. Currently, you can purchase the ASUS RoG Ally Z1 Extreme for 739 euros.