GPD has recently announced the sequel to its Win Max portable console, which runs on the Windows operating system and therefore has exactly the same versatility when playing games as a PC. The campaign kicked off on Indiegogo with a starting price of $ 999 for those who support it, but with a price of $ 1,250 for those who do not participate in it and want to acquire it later.
Obviously there is a substantial difference from the $ 399 that Valve’s console starts for but, it also has 1 TB of base SSD and an Intel Core i7-1195G7 CPU … Is it worth it?
The GPD Win Max 2021: better hardware but much more expensive
Unlike the Steam Deck, the GPD Win Max 2021 Portable Console is a clamshell-shaped device that can be opened and closed for convenience. When the screen is raised, not only the usual buttons for games are presented (a pair of joysticks that mimic the Xbox 360 controller, a D-Pad, ABXY buttons and triggers) but we also have a backlit QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad, which means that it can be used as a portable console or as a laptop, which greatly increases its versatility.
The H-IPS display has a default resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, which may seem a bit low for these times but you have to remember that the diagonal of the screen is 8 inches, which means that the pixel density is around 188 PPI and therefore its definition is excellent. The screen also stands out for its 500 nits maximum brightness, which promotes a more comfortable use outdoors, as well as a coverage of 90% of the space of color DCI-P3 and Corning Gorilla Class protection.
In addition, GPD will give a choice between two different CPU platforms on the console for users to choose from: we have the option to choose the GPD Win Max 2021 with an APU AMD Ryzen 7 4800U (8 cores, 16 threads and Vega graphics) or a solution Intel Core i7-1195G7 (4 cores, 8 threads with Iris Xe graphics). In both cases, 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 1 TB of PCIe SSD are included (3.0 in the case of Intel, 4.0 in the case of AMD).
GPD says that the Intel version offers better gaming performance due to its higher performance in single threaded applications and more powerful overall graphics, although the AMD solution should offer a more balanced gaming and productivity experience compared to the version of Intel, while offering greater battery life by having higher efficiency.
User configurable TDP settings
The GPD Win Max 2021 will also offer user-definable TDP settings, with limits of 20W, 25W or 28W to choose from (there should also be a 7W profile available for times when the battery is low). Unfortunately this portable console has not waited to have DDR5 memory available, something that would increase the performance of its integrated graphics, so as we mentioned before it will use 16 GB dual channel LPDDR4X.
Onboard storage is 1TB typical NVMe, which is double what the Steam Deck offers (which offers a maximum of 512 GB). The I / O is completed with two Thunderbolt 4 ports for the Intel version while that of AMD adjusts it to 2 ports USB 3.1 Type-C. We found two other standard USB 3.2 type A ports, an HDMI 2.0 video output, a Gigabit Ethernet connection (RJ-45) and an audio output through a 3.5 mm minijack.
Obviously, in terms of hardware, this GPD Win Max 2021 gives Valve Steam Deck wavy soups, both in its AMD and Intel variants, but it must also be recognized that it is much more expensive: the highest version of the Steam Deck costs 679 euros, while the price of $ 999 for the GPD Win Max 2021 will translate to about 950 euros when we apply taxes and shipping costs. Worth? It depends on each user: the GPD console will give us more power and versatility, while the Valve console will give us much more portability due to its size and is cheaper.