AMD introduces Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme chips for handheld

AMD introduces Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme chips for handheld gaming consoles with up to 8 Zen 4 cores and RDNA 3 graphics

AMD has officially introduced two new processors – Ryzen Z1 and Ryzen Z1 Extreme. Both chips are designed for portable gaming consoles and will likely make their debut as part of the upcoming ASUS ROG Ally. The processors use the Zen 4 computing architecture and the RDNA 3 graphics architecture.

    Image source: AMD

Image source: AMD

The AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor model has 8 cores with support for 16 virtual threads, 24 MB cache and 12 integrated RDNA 3 graphics execution units. The AMD Ryzen Z1 model has 6 cores with support for 12 threads, 22 MB cache and only four execution units of the integrated graphics RDNA 3.

Both processors can work with LPDDR5 and LPDDR5X RAM, support USB4 interfaces, and their integrated graphics support AMD Radeon Super Resolution 2, Radeon Chill, Radeon Image Sharpening 3 and AMD Link 4 technologies.

The debut of processors will take place within the ROG Ally portable game console from ASUS. The novelty will offer a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and brightness of 500 cd / m2. It is known from the leaks that the set-top box received 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB PCIe 4.0 SSD.

The console runs Windows 11, making it compatible with all major gaming platforms including Steam, EA App (formerly Origin), Epic Games and Xbox Game Pass. In addition, the console supports Dolby Atmos sound technology and is equipped with a microSD memory card slot. It also uses a silent cooling system that includes two fans with a noise level of no more than 20dBA.

The dimensions of ROG Ally are 280 × 113 × 39 mm and its weight is 608 g. The novelty is smaller than Steam Deck and at the same time equipped with more advanced hardware. ASUS will share more information about ROG Ally on May 11, including cost and sale date.


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