AMD’s 15W Ryzen Z1 Extreme (ROG Ally) is Faster than Apple’s M2 Chip in CB R23

AMD continues to rule the console market, powering the ROG Ally with its Ryzen Z1 Extreme processors. Based on the Zen 4 CPU cores and the RDNA 3 graphics architecture, these chips power the most capable handheld console ever launched. A Cinebench R23 benchmark of the Ryzen Z1 Extreme shows that the 15W chip manages to beat even the Intel desktop flagship from a few years back:

The Ryzen Z1 Extreme scores 1,676 points in the single-threaded and 10,818 points in the multi-threaded Cinebench R23 benchmark, beating the Core i9-9900K by 31% and <1%, respectively. Compared to the Apple M2 (also a 15-20W SoC), the Ryzen Z1 Extreme is 27% faster in the multi-threaded benchmark and slightly slower in the single-threaded test.

The Ryzen Z1 Extreme is derived from the Phoenix mobile processors. AMD has optimized the chip for maximum standby battery life and on-the-go gaming capabilities. It’s the first console to leverage the RDNA 3 graphics architecture with hardware-accelerated ray-tracing and dedicated AI hardware (SIMD).

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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