First AMD 6800U Handheld Gaming Computer
I’ve been waiting patiently for mention of a Zen3+ handheld gaming/computing device for a while. Devices like the AYANEO and ONEXPLAYER are currently tying up or just releasing their AMD ZEN3 units. Following up from my previous GPD WIN Max 2 report, GPD have shown off screens of their latest GPD WIN Max 2 and will also release an AMD variant featuring ZEN3+ architecture. This is very exciting as the first announced AMD Ryzen 7 6800U is a highly capable chip that will probably serve me as an ample alternative to Valve’s Steam Deck.
GPD WIN Max 2 ZEN3+ Performance
AMD’s ZEN3+ has been highly anticipated. I won’t be touching too much on the 12th generation Intel Core i7-1280P as performance on the 6800U is what I’m highly interested in. AMD Ryzen 7 6800U is an 8 core/16 thread chip, 16MB L3 cache featuring RDNA2 architecture which should serve as a champion for gaming below 1080P.
GPD will be using the 6800U with maximum clocks set to 4.7GHz in turbo mode with a designed TDP of 28W. The AMD version of the WIN Max 2 will come with LPDDR5-6400 MT/s in either 16Gb or 32GB memory configurations. Storage options will include 1TB and 2TB NVMe SSDs PCIE Gen 3.
First Look at the GPD Win Max 2
The 10.1 touch screen features a narrow bezel that will give decent screen estate at a default resolution of 1920×1200 with support of up to 2560 x 1600. We can see the built-in webcam in the hinge in similar fashion to the GPD design.
I will highlight that the Win Max 2 is not marketed as a totally dedicated handheld gaming machine. It’s a hybrid productivity/gaming so I did not expect to see a native 800p resolution used as seen on devices such as the ONEXPLAYER Mini. Higher resolution screens gaming at lower resolution has its kickbacks but perhaps that’s something I’d be willing to sacrifice to get a little more utility from a handheld computing device outside of gaming. The extra performance from the 6800U may also perform better at default resolution regardless.
Keyboard, Joysticks and Buttons
The low-profile keyboard design looks sleek and the implementation of hall effect sensor joysticks is a big plus for me. I am not sure how comfortable this would be to use for longer gaming sessions but is poised to be an improvement over the previous GPD Win Max. I love the inclusion of the joystick magnetic joystick covers too.
Hall effect sensor shoulder buttons make an appearance too on the GPD Win Max 2 with two shoulder buttons on either side (L1/L2 and R1/R2). The 2 additional trigger buttons are mappable.
Expansions and Modules
There is an additional drive bay for a M.2 2280 SSD to expand storage without opening the device. GPD will also provide an additional 4G LTE module for gaming online on the go. Hard to say whether it will be any good for gaming for due to latency but at least the option is there. The module will also be in its own dedicated bay for easy install/removal.
Fingerprint sensor and power buttons are on the side of device and GPD seem to have paid attention to airflow.
I am pretty excited about this device and will probably put in a pre-order if AYANEO and OneNoteBook don’t announce anything before GPD’s pre-sale. Announcement on pricing and launch dates are to be announced soon.
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