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AMD officially announces Ryzen Z1 series processors

by on25 April 2023

Zen 4 and RDNA 3 for handheld PC gaming consoles

AMD has now officially announced the new Ryzen Z1 series processors, including the Ryzen Z1 and the Ryzen Z1 Extreme. The Ryzen Z1 series processors are based on the latest Zen 4 CPU and RDNA 3 GPU architectures, as well as offer all the AMD Radeon features, including AMD Radeon Super Resolution, Radeon Chill, Radeon Image Sharpening, AMD Link, and more.

As noted, the AMD Ryzen Z1 series will include two SKUs, the Ryzen Z1 Extreme and the Ryzen Z1, and AMD was keen to note that it is partnering with Asus to launch the first Ryzen Z1 series device with the Asus ROG Ally, an upcoming handheld PC gaming console.

“At AMD, we’re continually advancing the next generation of gaming experiences, from consoles to desktops to on-the-go handheld devices,” said Jason Banta, corporate vice president and general manager, Client OEM at AMD. “Ryzen Z1 processors deliver gamers an elite gaming experience and extreme portability in exciting gaming form factors.”

“Having a great gaming experience doesn’t mean you have to be tied to a chair or a charger,” said Shawn Yen, product management director of Gaming Business Unit, Asus. “With the new Ryzen Z1 Series processors, we’re working with AMD to deliver the power, visuals and efficiency needed to enable a superior portable gaming experience — whether you’re traveling, commuting for work or simply want to game untethered.”

Although most specifications were already confirmed earlier with Asus ROG Ally leaks, the Ryzen Z1 Extreme will pack an 8-core/16-thread Zen 4 CPU part with 12 AMD RDNA 3 compute units, and 24MB of cache. It has a configurable TDP of 15W to 30W, but, unfortunately, AMD was not keen on revealing any CPU or GPU clocks.

The same goes for the Ryzen Z1 SKU, but this cut-down version packs a 6-core/12-thread Zen 4 CPU with 4 AMD RDNA 3 compute units, and 22MB of cache. It has the same 15W to 30W TDP.

AMD did note that the Ryzen Z1 series supports USB4, as well as LPDDR5 and LPDDR5X memory.

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AMD says that the Ryzen Z1 processors will debut with the Asus ROG Ally console with more details regarding the availability and the price coming from Asus on May 11th.


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