ASUS ROG Ally with Ryzen Z1 APU drops to $299

ASUS ROG Ally with Ryzen Z1 APU drops to $299

ASUS ROG Ally with Ryzen Z1 non-Extreme now at a record-low price

Poor MSI Claw.

Choosing between the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally might become a common dilemma for gaming enthusiasts seeking a new handheld console. The ROG Ally, equipped with the Ryzen Z1 non-Extreme APU, initially hit the market at $599 but quickly underwent price adjustments by ASUS due to its perceived lack of value.

In comparison to its Ryzen Z1 Extreme, the Ryzen Z1 features two fewer cores (6 cores vs 8 cores), a configuration based on Zen4 and Zen4c architectures, but also significantly lower GPU specifications. While the Z1 Extreme boasts 12 RDNA3 Compute Units, the Z1 non-E comes with only 4 Compute Units, operating at a 200 MHz lower frequency. Given the threefold decrease in GPU specifications, the $100 price disparity between the two Ally models was widely regarded as unfavorable.

ROG Ally at $299, Source: ASUS/BestBuy

ASUS and its official retail launch partner, BestBuy, have made a significant adjustment to the pricing of the ROG Ally with Ryzen Z1, now available at $299, a substantial $300 reduction from its debut price in September last year.

According to reviews, the AMD APU in the ROG Ally presents a strong challenge to the MSI Claw, regardless of the APU it houses. With a $400 price difference in favor of the Ally, the relevance of the MSI Claw may come into question.

Meanwhile, the Ryzen Z1 Extreme version, often found at a lower price point, is currently being sold at its manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $699. However, it frequently appears on the market at $599, while the Legion Go from Lenovo is available at $649 (affiliate link).

The more affordable ROG Ally also competes favorably with the original Steam Deck, offering faster memory and a higher-resolution screen. Although the Steam Deck boasts twice as many GPU cores, they are exclusively made in RDNA2.

Handheld Gaming Consoles Specs
VideoCardz MSI Claw ASUS ROG Ally Lenovo Legion Go Valve Steam Deck OLED
Architecture Intel Redwood Cove, Crestmont & Xe-LPG AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 AMD Zen2 & RDNA2
APU Core 7 Ultra 155H
16C/22T up to 4.8 GHz
Core 5 Ultra 135H
14C/18T up to 4.6 GHz
Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
AMD Sephiroth (6nm)
4C/8T up to 3.5 GHz
SoC GPU Arc Graphics
8 Xe-C @ 2.25 GHz (155H)
7 Xe-C @ 2.20 GHz (135H)
12CU @ 2.7 GHz (Z1E)
4CU @ 2.5 GHz (Z1)
12CU @ 2.7 GHz (Z1E)
4CU @ 2.5 GHz (Z1)
8CU @ 1.6 GHz
SoC TDP 28W 1-30W 9-30W 4-15W
External GPU Thunderbolt 4 ROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090) USB4 Not officially
Memory Capacity 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5X-7500 16GB LPDDR5-6400
Storage Capacity 1TB/512GB 512GB 1TB/512GB 512GB/1TB SSD
Storage Type M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2242 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 3×4
Display 7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz, 500 nits, VRR 7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz, 500 nits, 7ms, VRR 8.8″ 2560×1600 IPS, 144Hz, 500 nits 7.4″ 1200×800, 90 Hz
Connectivity Wi-Fi 7 + Bluetooth 5.4 Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2 Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2 Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.3
Battery 53 Wh, 6-Cell 40 Wh, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion 49.2 Wh, 900 mAh (controllers) 50 Wh
Weight 675 g 608g / 1.34 lbs 854g / 1.87 lbs 640 g / 1.41 lbs
Dimensions (L×W×H) 29.4 × 11.7 × 2.1 cm
11.6 × 4.6 × 0.8 in
28.0 × 11.3 × 3.9 cm
11.0 × 4.5 × 1.5 in
29.9 × 13.1 × 4.1 cm
11.8 × 5.2 × 1.6 in
29.8 × 11.7 × 4.9 cm
11.7 × 4.6 × 1.9 in
Default OS Windows 11 Windows 11 Windows 11 Steam OS/Win 11
Retail Launch Price $799/€949 (155HU+1TB)
$749/€849 (155H+512GB)
$699 (135H+512GB)
$699/€799 (Z1E)
$599/€699 (Z1)
$749 (Z1E+1TB)
$699/€799 (1E+512GB)
$649/€679 (1TB)
$549/€569 (512GB)
Release Date March 2024 June 2023 (Z1E)
September 2023 (Z1)
October 31, 2023 November 2023

Source: BestBuy


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