It is the law of life and the newest hardware always ends up surpassing the previous one. Valve knew this and that is why it is already working on a new version of its Steam Deck console, but what was perhaps not expected is that AYANEO2 would be so extremely powerful and have so much support from AMD. The difference in hardware means that for the first time a portable console can be compared to a low-end GPU for PC. That’s how it is AYANEO2.
I’m sure there’s a lot of Steam Deck lover or maybe fan around here, and it’s normal. It has been a before and after in the world of portable consoles, but now it has been overcome and with weighty arguments, because the Chinese have put everything on the grill for this new console.
AYANEO2, a console as powerful as a PC GTX 1050 Ti
Or at least that’s what its CEO has said, it will really have to be seen when it reaches the stores, but arguments as such are not lacking, so let’s get to know it thoroughly. We start from a Ryzen 7 6800U with architecture Zen 3+ containing 8 cores and 16 threadswhere apparently it will not be limited in frequencies, since it is ensured to reach the 4.7GHz in Boost and the 2.7GHz based, like on laptops.
This is an improvement over its 300 MHz predecessor and a whopping 1.2 GHz over its great rival Steam Deck. But everything does not end here, AYANEO2 has a AMD RX680M with 12 CU at 2.2 GHzthat means the same architecture as its rival, that means nothing less than 50% more units and 600MHz Faster.
In relative terms of performance (everything has to be shown on the table and not on paper) it is 50% faster in FP32 with 3.38 TFLOPS vs. Steam Deck’s 1.6 TFLOPS. It is not a realistic metric, but it serves as a reference. The company speaks of performance similar to the GTX 1050Ti NVIDIA (2,138 TFLOPS), so all that glitters is not gold as they say.
In fact, if we were to measure in TFLOPS as a real metric, AYANEO2 would be at the level of a current RX 6400, which is not realistic, especially on a portable console.
This will not happen not because your iGPU cannot achieve said theoretical performance figure, but because it will be limited in consumption, since the company reports a TDP of between 15W and 28Wwhere the largest of them could only be achieved when it is plugged into a charger and even then, surely those 28W are not allowed for more than a few seconds.
As for the screen, it maintains a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, except that now it comes in frameless mode to make it more visually appealing. As if that were not enough, support is given to LPDDR5-6400 (amount of RAM not specified), Windows 11 and in theory it would improve the autonomy of the battery, although these data have not been revealed after 4 hours of presentation. Finally, it will arrive at the end of 2022 at a price that has not been revealed either and that will surely not be cheap, the main advantage of the Valve console.