GPD, well known for its various Windows and Android consoles like GPD Win 3, has revealed almost all the details of its upcoming Windows game console, GPD WIN Max 2, and it looks very promising. The new model will come with upgraded Intel and AMD processors, a larger display with narrow bezels, and more.
Intel Core i7-1280P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
Starting with the performance, the GPD WIN Max 2 will be available in Intel or AMD versions, and both are very promising on their own. The Intel model will come with an Intel Core i7-1280P processor (derived from the previous model’s Core i7-1195G7), which is Intel’s leading processor for ultra-mobile PCs. This processor has a total of 14 cores and 20 threads, using Intel’s new hybrid architecture. There are 6 performance cores capable of boosting up to 4.8GHz and eight efficient cores to back it up. It has a base TDP of 28W, but it can go up to 60W. Despite the increase in TDP, the energy efficiency of the hybrid architecture could translate into better battery life for this new model.
It also means you can use Intel Iris Xe graphics, which are mostly unchanged from the previous model. Intel hasn’t made any major graphics updates with its 12th generation mobile processors. Still, Intel Iris Xe can deliver a solid experience in many games, as long as you’re willing to dial in some settings.
As for the AMD release, you can expect to see the new AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, which is also a big upgrade from the Ryzen 7 4800U that was in the original GPD WIN Max. This new processor is based on the Zen3+ architecture and it comes with 8 cores and 16 threads, along with some under-the-hood improvements over the previous generation. The big upgrade here though is the graphics. This processor features AMD’s latest Radeon Graphics 600M, which promises faster GPU performance than an NVIDIA GeForce MX450, a discrete notebook GPU. This should let you play even more modern games at higher settings, and it’s all thanks to the RDNA2 architecture, similar to what’s inside the Steam Deck.
Besides the CPU, the GPD WIN Max 2 will come with 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, supporting up to 5200 MT/s on Intel model or 6400 MT/s on AMD. You also get an onboard 1TB or 2TB PCIe Gen 3 M.2 2280 SSD, with a second M.2 2230 slot available for easy expansion without tearing up the entire PC. The M.2 2230 slot can also be used for an LTE modem if you want that kind of connectivity. The battery has also been upgraded from a 57 Wh unit to a 65 Wh unit.
The GPD WIN Max 2 has a larger 10.1 inch screen
A major upgrade with the GPD WIN Max 2 will be the display, which will come in a much larger 10.1-inch panel compared to the original WIN Max’s 8-inch screen. GPD has dramatically reduced the bezels around the screen, even removing space for the webcam on the bezel. The display now comes in Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) resolution, although the default setting is Full HD+ (1920 x 1200). Both are still an upgrade from the 1280 x 800 of its predecessor, so that should be good news if you want a sharper screen. As with the previous model, the screen supports 10-point multi-touch and it even works with active pens supporting 4,096 pressure levels.
Because the bezels have shrunk so much, the console isn’t much bigger than its predecessor, even though the screen is much larger. It’s still slightly larger, now measuring 228mm x 167mm. The previous model measured 207mm x 145mm, but it was also thicker.
With no space for the webcam on the bezel, GPD moved it to the hinge, which is a bit reminiscent of Nintendo’s 2009 DSi consoles. It won’t be ideal if you’re using it as a laptop, but it should be fine work enough when you hold the console in your hands.
The larger design also leaves room for a roomier keyboard for typing, in addition to the usual Xbox-style controls, including triggers and analog sticks.
It has Thunderbolt 4 and USB4
In terms of ports, the GPD WIN Max 2 is also not lacking at all. It has two USB Type-A ports on the side for peripherals, as well as another USB Type-A, HDMI, and two USB Type-C ports on the back. One of those Type-C ports is a big deal, as it now supports USB4 on AMD models. Previously, you had Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel model so you could plug in a GPU or external display, but the AMD version didn’t support it. With USB4, however, this should now be possible on both variants.
Another important feature is simultaneous support for microSD and full-size SD cards. If you need more storage space and don’t want to mess with SSDs, you can easily install SD cards and use them for data that doesn’t require very high speeds.
GPD also moved the power button to the edge of the chassis, on the front side. Not only that, but the power key now has an in-display fingerprint reader, so the laptop supports Windows Hello.
Overall, the GPD WIN Max 2 looks like a very promising portable Windows console. GPD has yet to say when the device will be available, or even when the Indiegogo campaign will begin, but hopefully that will happen soon. We also have no word on pricing information at this time.
Source: GPD (WeChat)