The steam deck has officially made its debut into the handheld gaming market and is already stealing the attention away from the oled nintendo switch model, as well as many other new handheld entries, but how well does valve steam deck, compare specifically against the gpd win3. Well. First of all, lets try and understand the specifications, because the hardware inside is the most important factor. After all, the steam deck is, without a doubt, one of the best handhelds released this year and thats only exemplified through its cpu, which is an amd xen2, although, admittedly, as of current, we dont know the exact model. What we do know is that it will have a total of 4 cores and 8 threads, meaning you can expect between 2.4 and 3.5 gigahertz frequency, which is a pretty respectable amount. In all honesty, you wont be playing in max graphics or have two games open at once, either so for the simple use of playing one game in low to medium graphics, on a small screen that cpu, whatever it might be, will be more than capable of running Any game, as a matter of fact valve, have confirmed that the steam deck is actually able to run every single game on steam at a bare minimum of 30 fps and in most cases, even higher lets also consider the 16 gigabytes of lpdd r5 ram as well. You may be aware of what that is, or you may not, but what it boils down to is faster and more energy efficient ram, meaning you get better in game performance as well as a slightly longer battery life.

When it comes to the ssd. However, it is slightly less impressive because it ranges from just 64 gigabytes up to 512.. Naturally, these 64 gigabytes is considerably cheaper at just 400, but regardless of price, that wont be enough space to facilitate large games so youre, either going to have to get the 650 512 gigabyte model or youre. Just gon na have to pay for extra storage later down. The line which will likely work out to be more expensive. However, i can say that, for the high end model 512 gigabytes is a fair amount of storage and will suffice for a handheld, much like the cpu, the gpu isnt actually fully disclosed, as in we dont. Really know what itll be, but they have said that itll be an amd rdna too. Naturally, that means its bound to be pretty decent, or at least decent enough to allow smooth gameplay on the screen. That only has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels compared to the gpd win3. The steam deck has vastly different hardware, because, while valve went down the amd route, gpd has done the opposite and opted for intel hardware inside the win3. You can expect to see an 11th generation intel core, ranging from an i5 to an i7, the lesser model costing 1 160 and the higher model costing just 150 bucks more at 1 310, both of which cost around double the steam deck. Its notable that, although the gpd is extremely expensive in comparison, the i7 cpu is hugely impressive, which in some cases, could justify the price to an extent for a device that only has a 5.

5 inch screen. An i7 11th gen is pretty overkill, as it has a frequency that can reach up to 4.7 gigahertz, so its unlikely that the steam dex amd cpu will be able to compete, taking into consideration the price difference. However, while the cpu is definitely better in the win3, the same cant be said for the gpu, because it only has an intel iris, xe, those graphics cards, dont really have the best reputation as being very reliable, although in a small handheld it should get the job Done because, at the end of the day, the screen you play on will limit how much you can push your in game – graphics, youre, probably going to be playing on low settings, so the gpu is somewhat less relevant compared to other components, but regardless the one inside The steam deck is most likely better than intels integrated iris graphics from my standby, the win3 also sports 16 gigabytes of lpddr4 ram, which is really good, not gon, na dispute that, but its one and a half times slower than the lpddr5 ram that the steam deck Has so it cant really compare on that front? The steam deck just has the better ram, although the gpd has doubled the ssd space at exactly one terabyte, so it makes up for that conclusively. The specs of each device are pretty mixed because, while the gpd definitely will have the better cpu and ssd space, the steam deck has a better gpu and ram in more simple terms for the gpd, the specs translate to performance levels of around 70 to 80 fps.

In most games, when played on low settings its a little hard to directly compare in game performance with the steam deck, since there arent many cases, but games supposedly never dip below 30 fps, which is certainly promising, because that means games should run smoothly at 30.. In most cases, sit somewhere above that mark since specifications arent that easy to grasp, perhaps understanding what each device has to offer might help differentiate. The two both have very, very different designs and features. I can say that neither are blatant ripoffs of the nintendo switchs design like so many are these days. First of all, the win3 has the slide down keyboard and then theres the steam deck that has the trackpad, so both do a fair bit to offer a unique selling point thats part of what makes each of them great. But lets start with the win3. First of all, the most immediate thing that pops out to anyone seeing the gpd win3 is the size of it because it is a remarkably small device. The screen is 5.5 inches, which is about as big, if not smaller than your average smartphone. The device as a whole sits at 7.8 by 3.62 inches and a thickness of just around one inch. Now theres two things you could say about having a handheld that small, some might say its incredibly portable because its light and will fit into any pocket. But for most i feel as if a 5.

5 inch screen just isnt enough to cut it being able to play a triple a 3d game on that screen will be tedious to put it lightly. For me that design choice wasnt a particularly good idea, because it alienates a lot of people who, like the idea of the gpd, but want a larger device compared to the steam deck. I think the gpd really falls short because of that the steam deck has a generous 7 inch screen, which is about half an inch larger than the switches, and the whole device is much larger. Naturally, that will be harder to transport around because its unlikely to fit in most pockets comfortably, but on the flip side, its way easier to play on, because the screen is a usable size and the controls are much larger. Speaking of controls, the steam deck also has a very particular layout, which we havent seen on any other handheld device. So far, it has a horizontal thumbstick layout same as the win3 but whats cool about it is that just underneath the thumbsticks are two valve styled track. Pads similar to the ones found on the steam controller, i personally dont like track pads because for gaming they dont tend to be great. Although steam track pads are a different story, because theyre not only convenient for all purposes, theyre also pretty accurate in game. Two asides from that you have the standard controller layout, youd expect with the d pad and the abx y button match, but also an additional four triggers located on the back of the controller within reaching distance of your fingertips.

So, essentially, the steam deck grants you extra control over your games with those additional triggers and track pads. It pretty much gets you as close to a mouse and keyboard like advantage as it can on a handheld device, so props to valve for that very well designed device overall. As for the win3, the layout is very similar, with the exception of those track pads and additional four back triggers its a good layout. But my issue is the size because its fiddly at times, also the slide down keyboard, although it is very cool and definitely helpful to have on a windows 10 device, the keys are extremely small, so its not great for typing. Again. I think it comes down to the fact that its just too small a device – it has all the right design, choices and fantastic features like the fingerprint sensor, great controls, layout and a keyboard, but they all need to be bigger for a windows device. Its far too small thats, why, in my opinion, the valve steam deck is the better handheld. It uses its own steam operating system that grants access to every game imaginable and is capable of running all of those games smoothly better. Yet it does so on a larger and better design device, which is half the price, i might add, anyways.