Asus ROG Ally, a model equipped with the AMD Ryzen Z1 chip, was launched on September 10th (with only the Z1 Extreme model available in Thailand). The main difference between the two models lies in the core count; the Z1 chip has fewer cores, resulting in about 30% lower performance than the ROG Ally model with the Z1 Extreme chip in both 720p and 1080p resolutions.
The AMD Ryzen Z1 chip is an APU that combines a 6-core, 12-thread CPU with an RDNA3 GPU architecture featuring 4 cores and a 22MB cache. On the other hand, the Z1 Extreme chip offers an 8-core, 16-thread CPU followed by a 12-core RDNA3 GPU and a 24MB cache. Both chips have a power consumption rate ranging from 9 to 30 watts.
ASUS has provided two performance charts for reference, one at a screen resolution of 1920×1080 and the other at 1280×720. RSR (AMD Radeon Super Resolution) is enabled on both resolutions, utilizing Turbo mode and plug-ins to maximize the system’s performance.
Although the Z1 and Z1 Extreme chips may not support gaming at a stable 120fps frame rate, it’s worth noting that the selected games used to measure performance have higher requirements than the general average, especially in terms of GPU performance.
The ROG Ally model is priced $100 lower than the Z1 Extreme model, delivering 2.8 TFLOPS of processing power compared to the Z1 Extreme’s 8.6 TFLOPS. This results in a 67% difference, but when it comes to gaming performance, the performance gap is smaller than expected. In 720p resolution, the Z1 chip falls behind the Z1 Extreme by 30%, and in 1080p, it falls behind by 37%. On average, the overall performance difference is only 34%, while the price difference stands at 15%.
TLDR: Asus has released the ROG Ally model with the AMD Ryzen Z1 chip, which offers slightly lower performance compared to the Z1 Extreme model. The Z1 chip features a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU, while the Z1 Extreme chip boasts an 8-core CPU and a 12-core GPU. Both chips consume between 9 and 30 watts of power. Despite the difference in core count, the gaming performance gap is smaller than expected, with the Z1 chip falling behind by 30% in 720p resolution and 37% in 1080p. The ROG Ally model is priced $100 lower but delivers 2.8 TFLOPS of processing power, while the Z1 Extreme model offers 8.6 TFLOPS. The overall performance difference is only 34%, with a 15% price difference.