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GPD Win 2 Max will be AMD APU based

by Mark Tyson on 5 April 2019, 13:21


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Back in December 2017, HEXUS reported upon the GPD Win 2 handheld release and benchmarks. This device was the successor to the original GPD Win with a faster modern processor, double the RAM, faster more capacious storage and a bigger screen. Now we have seen some early details of a further improved device dubbed the GPD Win 2 Max, with details via Liliputing and Reddit.

The GPD Win 2 (pictured above) was marketed as a handheld gaming PC and relied upon an Intel processor for its processing and pixel pushing duties. The Intel Core M3-7Y30 Kaby Lake with Intel HD Graphics 615 was a significant upgrade compared to the previous generation, and GPD showed off a comparative gaming frame rate chart to back this up, as reproduced below.

I look forward to an update to this chart featuring the GPD Win 2 Max

Much of the HEXUS discussion with regard to the GPD Win 2 was about how well the device would work if it came packing an AMD APU instead. The GPD Win 2's Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor is configurable between 3.75 and 7W TDP, which lead to questions about what AMD APU could be substituted. By the sounds of the reports/leaks we are seeing, GPD has thrown caution to the wind and has chosen an APU with configurable TDP from 15 to 30W. Hopefully such a jump would be accompanied by a bigger battery (or batteries) too.

In addition to the change of the processor, other significant changes indicated by the rumour mill are; the inclusion of a GPD Pocket-style keyboard for a better typing experience, a quieter dual-fan cooler (pictured above), and a slightly higher resolution display of 1280 x 800 pixels.

GPD very recently hinted at this Win 2 Max device, which should release this year ahead of an expected GPD Win 3 upgrade. In the image above, you can see a technical drawing shared by the GPD Twitter account a few hours ago. THe images was accompanied by the query: "It looks familiar, is it?"

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Some images of the AMD APU in the GPD Win (2) Max have emerged.

Some images of the AMD APU in the GPD Win (2) Max have emerged.

The only thing that would worry me is the higher wattage of the AMD compared to Intel perhaps causing overheating or at least being hotter. AMD is better for desktops IMO (depending on workload obviously) and Intel is better for mobile (laptop etc) purely because of its efficiency

EDIT: just remembered that it's an APU so the trade-off will almost definitely be worth it as the graphics performance should be a lot better.
It will be interesting to see the battery life when this device becomes available.