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GPD announces Win Max 2021 update with AMD APU option

by Mark Tyson on 11 May 2021, 13:11

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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HEXUS reported upon the launch and crowdfunding campaign for the GPD Win Max mini gaming laptop about this time last year. The very successful project got into user hands, and YouTube reviews, starting in H2 last year, and EuroGamer did a moderately in-depth review of this 8-inch gaming laptop just a couple of months ago.

We have known that GPD was working on a successor device for quite some time, but today PC Watch reported and confirmed the GPD Win Max 2021 has been officially announced. We know the major specs of the new model, but not a great amount of detail.

The biggest upcoming change with the 2021 edition is, as per our headline, the choice of new SoC. GPD's original model packed an Intel Ice Lake processor, but the Win Max 2021 will be equipped with a new Intel Tiger Lake generation Core i7-1165G7 or 1185G7, or AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.

PC Watch reckons the Intel version will be a better choice for gamers with the more powerful Intel Xe Graphics chip, but AMD will be a favoured choice for business, if someone might choose this device primarily for non-gaming tasks.

User upgradable mainboard

Interestingly, the idea of users of the older model being able to upgrade by replacing their motherboard is mentioned. Such an option is expected to be listed in the upcoming updated crowdfunder for the GPD Win Max 2021.

Some other key specs like the 8-inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixels, remain, as it is considered a good compromise for gaming detail / performance, as well as compatibility. I'll update with more details of the machine / crowdfunding campaign when I have them.



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“PC Watch reckons the Intel version will be a better choice for gamers with the more powerful Intel Xe Graphics chip, but AMD will be a favoured choice for business, if someone might choose this device primarily for non-gaming tasks.”

Got to be honest I'd pick the AMD version for gaming. Intel have never show aptitude for decent drivers!
cheesemp
“PC Watch reckons the Intel version will be a better choice for gamers with the more powerful Intel Xe Graphics chip, but AMD will be a favoured choice for business, if someone might choose this device primarily for non-gaming tasks.”

Got to be honest I'd pick the AMD version for gaming. Intel have never show aptitude for decent drivers!

I dunno, AMD drivers are pretty horrible. Although I do like the new “driver only” option.
How do they know the Intel Xe will be more powerful? It might also be horrendously power hungry like the Intel CPU?

If you are playing on 1280 x 800 you won't need much, a cheap mid-range graphics chip will be more than good enough.
bae85
How do they know the Intel Xe will be more powerful? It might also be horrendously power hungry like the Intel CPU?

If you are playing on 1280 x 800 you won't need much, a cheap mid-range graphics chip will be more than good enough.

We don't know until it's built. However, you'd be daft to go for the lower performing one if you're planning on using this for gaming. What is good enough now will be inadequate sooner in that case. But absolutely, one might be amazing on a test bed but awful when integrated into a small form factor like this.
philehidiot
I dunno, AMD drivers are pretty horrible. Although I do like the new “driver only” option.

This is as always personal opinion but AMD are my preferred graphics drivers. Intels are released then zero support and always found nvidia just got worse for older cards over time once it wasn't ‘current’. With AMD i've had new features arrive for my old rx480 including an auto OC which boosted it to faster than a rx580. I've always been one to hang on to stuff so AMD's long ‘support + performance improvements’ window has always tended me in that direction.