GPD's official website says that the GPD Win 4 is better than Steam Deck. But is that really the case? Let's find out!
The tech specifications of GDP Win 4 have officially been released, and it appears to be a strong competitor to Valve's Steam Deck. This PSP-like handheld gaming console packs a number of interesting features and powerful hardware.
Let's see how it stacks up against its rival, the Steam Deck!
GPD Win 4 Vs Steam Deck - Specs Comparison
First off, this handheld is a powerhouse of tech. It boasts an AMD Ryzen 7-6800U processor with 8 cores and 16 threads, paired with an AMD Radeon 680M GPU (16 RDNA2-based CUs).
GPD Win 4 features 16/32 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB/2TB of storage (M.2 NVMe SSD). It can run Windows 11 Home (64-bit), as well as Steam OS. This thing is a beast for sure.
On the other hand, Steam Deck is a bit of a beast itself but its specs aren't as beefy as the GPD Win 4. It has a Zen 2 processor with 4 cores and 8 threads and Steam Deck's GPU features 8 RDNA2-based CUs with a variable frequency of 1.0-1.6 GHz.
The device offers 16 GB of LPDDR5 onboard RAM and when it comes to Steam Deck's storage, there are 64 GB eMMC, 256 GB NVMe SSD and 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD variants. Not so bad, huh?
A detailed comparison between the GPD Win 4 and Steam Deck specs can be seen in the table below.
|GPD Win 4||Steam Deck|
|Screen||6 Inches 1920 × 1080, 1280 × 720 (16:09) 40Hz & 60Hz 368 PPI||7 Inches 1280 x 800 (16:10 aspect ratio) 60Hz 206 PPI|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 6800U 8C/16T 2.70 - 4.70 GHz||Zen 2 4C/8T 2.4 - 3.5 GHz|
|GPU||12 RDNA2-based CUs 2.2 GHz (Max)||8 RDNA2-based CUs 1.0 - 1.6 GHz|
|Memory||16/32 GB LPDDR5 - 6400 MT/s||16 GB LPDDR5 - 5500 MT/s|
|Storage||1/2 TB NVMe SSD||64 GB eMMC 256 GB NVMe SSD 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD|
|Battery||45.62 Whr 2 - 10 hours of gameplay||40 Whr 2 - 8 hours of gameplay|
|Connectivity||Dual-band 802.11ax (Wifi6), Bluetooth 5.2, 4G LTE (Optional)||Dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB4 40Gbps (eGPU support w/ ThunderBolt3), USB Type-C 3.2Gen2, USB-A 3.2Gen2, uSD A2 slot||USB Type-C with DisplayPort, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card reader (UHS-I)|
GPD Win 4 Vs Steam Deck - Price
Price is another important point to consider.
There are three different Steam Deck models available for purchase. The base Steam Deck model is $399, while the next-highest-priced model costs $529. The top variant is sold for $699.
GPD Win 4 costs $799 for the 16GB RAM/1 TB storage model and $1199 for the 32 GB of RAM/2 TB storage variant.
While Steam Deck is cheaper, GPD Win 4 for $800 is a great deal. For $150 extra, you get a better-performing device and an additional 512 GB of storage.
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Is GPD Win 4 Better Than Steam Deck?
The Steam Deck has a bigger screen, but GPD Win 4 clearly has better specs. So on paper, GPD Win 4 looks like the winner, right? Now we know what "win" in GPD Win 4 means. Well, it actually means Windows, because it supports Windows.
The table below confirms this. It outlines all the ways the Win 4 outperforms the Steam Deck.
Under 1920×1080 resolution, AAA games are guaranteed to run at 45~60fps, claims the manufacturer. The company website revealed that FIFA 22 at Ultra settings will run at 100+FPS, while games like Elden Ring and Far Cry 6 will run smoothly at 60+FPS at medium settings.
The GPD Win 4 comes with a full-sized, concealed physical keyboard with dome-switch keys, whereas the Steam Deck only has a touch keyboard. A physical keyboard is pretty useful and convenient when you're using the device as a PC, so it's a great feature that many people really appreciate.
When all is said and done, the GPD Win 4 is better than Steam Deck. The performance and features of GPD Win 4 are superior to that of Steam Deck. That said, is it robust and reliable as Steam Deck? We don't know yet.
But what we know for sure is Steam Deck 2 will be better than GPD Win 4.