Pocket Powerhouse: The ASUS ROG Ally Review That Will Make You Ditch Your best Console

Asus rog ally review

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ASUS ROG Ally 2023
Highlights
  • Asus ROG Ally handheld PC boasts an AMD Ryzen Z1/Z1 Extreme Zen 4 APU, a stunning 1080p screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
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The next competitor in the field of portable PC gaming is the Asus ROG Ally. This new handheld PC boasts an AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Zen 4 APU, a stunning 1080p screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and a price tag that should excite anyone searching for a competitive alternative to the Steam Deck.

The Z1 Extreme-powered ROG Ally, which retails for $699, is just $50 more expensive than the most powerful Steam Deck currently on the market ($649, 512GB model). It also comes with a ton of technical upgrades over Valve’s useful device. (Another, marginally less potent Z1-powered ROG Ally variant will be available soon for $599.) Crucially, for better or ill, it is also unrestricted by Steam Deck’s Linux-based SteamOS.

Asus Rog Ally version Ryzen Z1 and the Z1 Extreme Process:
Ryzen Z1 Extreme-powered ROG Ally

Asus Rog Ally version Ryzen Z1 and the Z1 Extreme Process:

The Asus Rog Ally was revealed in two versions, with Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme processors. It is boosted by the Ryzen 7040 Mobile Processor family. Processors are divided into two series (versions): 6 core 12 threads and 8 core 16 threads. The power-adjustable range for both CPUs is 9 watts to 30 watts.

It has been discovered (YouTube Channel Review) that the Z1 performs exceptionally well in low-power gaming, with power ratings of about 15W. The chip is incredibly efficient at 15W, with performance per watt significantly higher than that of the Ryzen 7 7840U at 25W.

Ryzen Z1 Processor SpecsRyzen Z1 Extreme ( AMD )Ryzen Z1 ( AMD )
XDNA Architecture By AMDNoNo
CPU Cores/Threads8/166/12
Processor Base clock3.3GHz3.2GHz
Boost clock (up to)Up to 5.1GHzUp to 4.9 GHz
L3 Cache memory16MB16MB
Thermal Design Power (TDP)9-30W9-30W
Graphicsintegratedintegrated
Graphics Core Count124
Asus Rog Ally Ryzen Z1/Z1 Extreme Processor General Specifications

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Asus ROG Ally Display Specs

The display specifications for the Asus ROG Ally are as follows:

  • Screen Size 7-inch
  • FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9
  • IPS-level
  • Glossy display
  • sRGB: 100%
  • Adobe: 75.35%
  • Gorilla® Glass DXC
  • Gorilla® Glass Victus™

In addition, the ROG Ally has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 10-point multi-touch screen. It has a response time of 7ms and is shielded by Gorilla Glass Victus. The display has a maximum brightness of 500 nits.

List of Games Played with Asus ROG Ally

Gaming on Asus Rog Ally

Gaming Performance

Gaming Performance of ASUS ROG Ally

Doom Eternal comes first. For this test, I used 1080p/120hz, High settings with Ultra shadows, and, most importantly, no Dynamic Resolution Scaling (DRS). I went through the first huge combat arena in The Ancient Gods – Part Two DLC’s first level, from the first Armored Baron to the second Doom Hunter.

ROG Ally display Specs

On the Performance 15w preset, I was able to achieve roughly 51 frames per second (FPS) in the empty region, which plummeted to 33 FPS during battle. Bumping it up to the Turbo 25w preset got me just shy of a consistent 60 FPS, with an average of 58 FPS in fighting.

Performance

30W modeAverage FPS1% Low
Control31.219.2
Cyberpunk 207730.118.7
Dead Space (2023)24.511.8
Death Stranding47.930.5

List of game

The ROG Ally gaming console is compatible with games from a variety of platforms, including Steam, Xbox Game Pass, Android apps, Epic, GOG, and cloud gaming services. The following games can be played on the ROG Ally:
Casual games: Firewatch, A Short Hike, Dredge, Night in the Woods, Strange Horticulture, Journey, and Black Skylands.
GTA 6, Elden Ring, Diablo 4, Minecraft, Fortnite Wilds, Forza Horizon 5, and Street Fighter 6 are some of the other games available.
Short-burst games include Rocket League, Spelunky 2, Minit, Vampire Survivors, and Tony Hawk’s Pro.

Here is another game that can be played on the ROG Ally.

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Gears of War 4
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Cuphead
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Starfield
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Death Stranding

Monster Hunter Rise

Cyberpunk 2077

Golf with Your Friends

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Moving Out

Ghostrunner

Blood Bowl 3

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Steelrising

High on Life

WRC Generations

Persona 5 Royal

Hi-Fi Rush

Forza Horizon 5

Diablo IV

Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Forza Horizon 5: Rally Adventure

Street Fighter 6
GTA 6

Ship of Fools
List of game for Asus ROG Ally 2023

Asus ROG Ally storage

Actual Read/Write Test Report by AALIBOO

The SSD in the ROG Ally is capable of sequential read rates of up to 5,000 MB/s and write speeds of 4,000 MB/s. It’s also an NVMe PCIe Gen 4×4 SSD, which means it can read at up to 5,150 MB/s and write at up to 4,000 MB/s. These speeds can boost performance and reduce load times in PC games.
The ROG Ally is a high-end portable gaming computer. It contains a microSD card bus interface that supports up to 312 MB/s file transfers.


The Asus ROG Ally has 512 GB of storage that can be increased with a microSD card. Some argue that this capacity is insufficient for modern games, which can take up more than 100 GB each.

Here are some SSDs that are compatible with the Asus ROG Ally:

  • SSD SABRENT Rocket 2230 PCIe 4.0
  • 1TB Corsair MP600 Mini Addlink S91 SSD
  • SSD TEAMGROUP MP44S 2230

According to Windows Central, the ROG Ally’s SSD doesn’t have much room for game data, so upgrading to a larger-capacity SSD is a good choice.

FAQ: Asus ROG Ally

Does ROG Ally support 4K?

  • Default graphics settings in 4K resolution (3840×2560) on external monitor (second display only)

What is the screen resolution of the ROG Ally?

  • Display: 1920×1080, 120Hz/

What graphics card is in the ROG Ally?

  • GPU: AMD Radeon™ graphics (AMD RDNA™ 3, 12 CUs, up to 2.7 GHz, up to 8.6 Teraflops) TDP: 9–30 W

Does the ROG Ally have a touch screen?

  • The ROG Ally’s 7-inch 1080p, full HD touchscreen display.

Is 720P good on ROG Ally?

  • Of course, certain games use 1080P, but for others, 720P is the golden spot.

How long can ROG Ally last?

  • Tested Battery Life (Hours/Minutes): 11:58 Hr.

Does ROG Ally support HDR?

  • The display has 8-bit color with full sRGB coverage, a peak brightness of 500 nits, and response times of 7ms, but no HDR.

Is Steam Deck better than ROG Ally?

  • The winner is Asus’s ROG Ally and significantly more power than any Steam Deck.

Can you upgrade ROG Ally RAM?

  • SlickBuys’ ROG Ally mod doubles the capacity while also increasing the memory speed from 6400 MT/s to 7500 MT/s. It is essentially a RAM upgrade from LPDDR5 to LPDDR5X.

Is ROG Ally 32 bit or 64 bit?

  • AMD uses 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory connected via a 64-bit memory interface.

Can ROG Ally run steam?

  • Because it is a Windows 11 system, the ASUS ROG Ally can run Steam.

Can you swap SSD on ROG Ally?

  • While a microSD card might get you much further, Ally’s SSD storage is upgradeable, allowing you to change into a new disk on your own.
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Review Overall
8.5
Design 8
Processor 9
Display 8
RAM 9
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