GPD Win 4 receives an upgrade to Zen 4 and RDNA 3 this August

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Something to look forward to: The Asus ROG Ally aimed to intensify the handheld gaming PC wars when it challenged the Ayaneo 2 and GPD Win 4 using AMD’s latest architecture. Now GPD has responded with a quick refresh that upgrades to the same architecture but changes little else.

Handheld PC maker GPD recently unveiled two new models of the GPD Win 4. Arriving in August – just five months after the original variant’s March debut – the new units feature specs undoubtedly meant to challenge the Asus ROG Ally, which launched in May. The company has yet to reveal price points.

At first glance, the GPD Win 4 7840U and 7640U could easily be mistaken for their predecessor, retaining their name and PSP-inspired chassis. Other than the processor and graphics upgrades, the only significant additions are options for 64GB of RAM and 4TB of onboard storage. Comparing the enhancements to the ROG Ally makes the reason for the refresh obvious.

  GPD Win 4 7840U GPD Win 4 7640U GPD Win 4 6800U ROG Ally Z1 Extreme ROG Ally Z1 Steam Deck
CPU Architecture Zen 4 Zen 4 Zen 3+ Zen 4 Zen 4 Zen 2
Cores 8C/16T 6C/12T 8C/16T 8C/16T 6C/12T 4C/8T
Max Boost Clock 5.1GHz 4.9GHz 4.7GHz 5.1GHz 4.9GHz 3.5GHz
GPU RDNA 3 (12CUs) RDNA 3 (8CUs) RDNA 2 (12CUs) RDNA 3 (12CUs) RDNA 3 (6CUs) RDNA 2 (8CUs)
GPU Frequency 2.7GHz 2.6GHz 2.2GHz Up to 2.7GHz Up to 2.5GHz 1.0-1.6GHz
RAM

64GB

32GB

16GB

32GB

16GB

16GB 16GB 16GB

Onboard Storage Capacity

512GB

2TB

4TB

512GB 1TB/2TB 512GB 256GB

64GB

256GB

512GB

Display 1080p 60hz H-IPS

1080p 60hz H-IPS

1080p 60hz H-IPS 1080p 120Hz VRR IPS

1080p 120Hz VRR IPS

800p 60Hz LCD
External Graphics Oculink Oculink USB-C XG Mobile

XG Mobile

Not Supported
Operating System

Windows 11

SteamOS (optional)

GPD OS (optional)

Windows 11

SteamOS (optional)

GPD OS (optional)

Windows 11

SteamOS (optional)

Windows 11

Windows 11

SteamOS

Windows 11 (optional)

Battery 45.62Wh 45.62Wh 45.62Wh 40Whr TBD 40Whr
TDP 15-30W 15-30W 28W 9-30W TBD 4-14W
Price TBD TBD $800-$1,200

$699

TBD $399-$649

After Valve’s Steam Deck swung the doors open for handheld gaming PCs, the Ayaneo 2 and subsequent GPD Win models tried to leapfrog its AMD Zen 2 RDNA 2 APU with the Zen 3+ Ryzen 7 6800U. However, Asus stormed in with its Zen 4 RDNA 3-based ROG Ally.

The GPD 4 revisions follow with processor and graphics specs that look almost identical to the Ally Z1 Extreme and the upcoming lower-end Z1. Both competitors’ high-end models have 8-core 16-thread CPUs, which boost to 5.1GHz, paired with 12 RDNA 3 CUDA cores maxing out at 2.7GHz. The cheaper models on both sides are also close, with six cores and 12 threads at 4.9GHz, although the GPD Win 4 7640U’s graphics might have a slight edge over the ROG Ally Z1 with two more CUDAs. However, GPD didn’t mimic the ROG Ally’s 120Hz VRR screen.

Although all the recent Steam Deck competitors appear far more potent than Valve’s handheld, the company isn’t concerned. Last year, Valve said it would prefer to focus more on battery life than horsepower. The Steam Deck tops out at half the wattage of the GPD and Asus machines. The Deck shouldn’t see any significant upgrades anytime soon.

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