In Word: Steam Deck isn’t the only handheld gaming machine that people are anticipating. GPD’s WIN Max 2021, the sequel to GDP WIN Max, begins its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo today. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a device that looks more like a mini laptop with a built-in controller.
The next handheld It looks similar to last year’s model, keeping the same clamshell design, backlit mini keyboard, and integrated controller. But there are several updates, the most important being the option of the 11th Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 or Intel Core processors.
Those who go for the red gear will get a Ryzen 7 4800U 8-core / 16-thread low-power APU with Radeon Vega graphics, but if you want to get more out of your games, there’s the 4-core / 8-thread Intel Core i7. 1195G7 which can be boosted to 5 GHz.
GPD says that Rocket Lake’s better single-threaded performance means buyers should choose the Intel option for gaming. It has some impressive figures, including 89 fps in Metro Exodus and 66 fps in Microsoft Flight Simulator (low to medium settings). The Ryzen APU can’t match that, but you get a chip better suited for productivity tasks, and it lasts longer.
The 8-inch H-IPS display offers a 1280 x 800 resolution, operating at 188 PPI. It also has a maximum brightness of 500 nits, 90% DCI-P3 color coverage, and gorilla glass. Internally, there’s a 1TB NVMe SSD, more than the Steam Deck’s maximum 512GB, 16GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 memory, and user-definable 20W, 25W, or 28W TDP.
As for the ports, the Intel version comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports and the AMD option has two USB 3.2 Type-C ports. There are also two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0, a Gigabit Ethernet, and a 3.5mm audio jack. . It starts at $ 999 (both CPU options), but that goes up to $ 1,250 after the campaign, which is much more expensive than the Steam Deck’s $ 399 starting price.
There is good news for owners of older GPD WIN Max handhelds. Users can purchase the latest model Intel or AMD motherboard / memory upgrade for $ 699. This will increase to $ 837 (Intel) and $ 937 (AMD) after the campaign. The update does not include the SSD as it is user replaceable.
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