GPD, known for its various consoles running Windows and Android, such as GPD Win 3, has revealed almost all the details of the next gaming console running Windows, GPD WIN Max 2, and it looks promising. The new model will feature upgraded Intel and AMD processors, a larger screen with narrow bezels and much more.
Intel Core i7-1280P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
Starting with performance, the GPD WIN Max 2 will be available in Intel or AMD versions, both of which are promising on their own. The Intel model will be accompanied by an Intel Core i7-1280P (derived from the previous model Core i7-1195G7), which is Intel’s flagship CPU for desktops. This processor has a total of 14 cores and 20 threads, making use of Intel’s new hybrid architecture. There are 6 performance cores capable of amplifying up to 4.8 GHz and eight efficient cores to support. It has a basic TDP of 28W, but can reach up to 60W. Despite the increase in TDP, the power output of the hybrid architecture could lead to better battery life for this new model.
This also means that you can have Intel Iris Xe graphics, which are mostly unchanged from the previous model. Intel did not make any major graphics updates to its 12th generation mobile processors. However, the Intel Iris Xe can provide a solid gaming experience, as long as you are willing to type in some settings.
As for the AMD version, you can expect to see the new AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, which is also a major upgrade from the Ryzen 7 4800U that was in the original GPD WIN Max. This new processor is based on the Zen3 + architecture and has 8 cores and 16 threads, as well as some improvements under the hood compared to the previous generation. The big upgrade here though is in terms of graphics. This processor features AMD’s latest Radeon Graphics 600M, which promises faster GPU performance than an NVIDIA GeForce MX450, a discrete laptop GPU. This will allow you to play even more modern games at higher settings, all thanks to the RDNA2 architecture, similar to what is in the Steam Deck.
In addition to the CPU, the GPD WIN Max 2 will come with either 16GB or 32GB LPDDR5 RAM, supporting up to 5200 MT / s on the Intel model or 6400 MT / s on the AMD. You also have a built-in 1 TB or 2 TB PCIe Gen 3 M.2 2280 SSD, with a second M.2 2230 socket available for easy expansion without tearing the entire computer. The M.2 2230 socket can also be used for LTE modems if you want this kind of connectivity. The battery has also been upgraded from 57Whr to 65Whr.
The GPD WIN Max 2 has a larger screen of 10.1 inches
A major upgrade to the GPD WIN Max 2 will be the display, which will be available in a much larger 10.1-inch panel compared to the 8-inch display of the original WIN Max. GPD has significantly reduced the margins around the screen, even taking up space for the webcam in the frame. The screen now comes in Quad HD + resolution (2560 x 1600), although the default setting is Full HD + (1920 x 1200). Both are still upgrades from their predecessor’s 1280 x 800, however this should be good news if you want a sharper screen. As with the previous model, the screen supports 10-point multi-touch and even works with active pens with support for 4,096 pressure levels.
Because the bezels have shrunk so much, the console is not as large as its predecessor, even though the screen is much larger. It is even slightly larger, but now measures 228 mm. x 167 mm The previous model had dimensions of 207mm x 145mm, but it was also thicker.
No room for the webcam on the rim, the GPD has moved it to the hinge, which is somewhat reminiscent of Nintendo DSi consoles in 2009. This will not be ideal if you use it as a laptop, but it should work well enough when holding the console in your hands.
The larger design also leaves room for a more spacious keyboard for typing, in addition to the usual Xbox-style controls, including analog triggers and levers.
It has Thunderbolt 4 and USB4
As for the ports, the GPD WIN Max 2 is also not missing at all. It has two USB Type-A ports on the side for peripherals, as well as another USB Type-A port, HDMI and two USB Type-C ports on the back. However, one of these Type-C ports is large because it now supports USB4 on AMD models. Previously, you had Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel model so you could connect an external GPU or monitor, but the AMD version did not support it. However, with USB4, this will now be possible in both variants.
Another important feature is the support for both microSD and full size SD cards at the same time. If you need more storage space and do not want to deal with SSDs, you can easily install SD cards and use them for data that does not require extremely high speeds.
The GPD has also moved the power button on the edge of the frame to the front. Not only that, but the power button now has a built-in fingerprint reader, so the laptop supports Windows Hello.
Overall, the GPD WIN Max 2 looks like a promising Windows portable console. GPD has not yet said when the device will be available or even when the Indiegogo campaign will launch, but hopefully it will be soon. We also do not have pricing information yet.
Source: GPD (WeChat)