GPD Win 4: Is GPD Win 4 Better Than Steam Deck?

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GPD Win 4: Is GPD Win 4 Better Than Steam Deck?
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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!

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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
Screen6 Inches 1920 × 1080, 1280 × 720 (16:09) 40Hz & 60Hz 368 PPI7 Inches 1280 x 800 (16:10 aspect ratio) 60Hz 206 PPI
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 6800U 8C/16T 2.70 - 4.70 GHzZen 2 4C/8T 2.4 - 3.5 GHz
GPU12 RDNA2-based CUs 2.2 GHz (Max)8 RDNA2-based CUs 1.0 - 1.6 GHz
Memory16/32 GB LPDDR5 - 6400 MT/s16 GB LPDDR5 - 5500 MT/s
Storage1/2 TB NVMe SSD64 GB eMMC 256 GB NVMe SSD 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD
Battery45.62 Whr 2 - 10 hours of gameplay 40 Whr 2 - 8 hours of gameplay
ConnectivityDual-band 802.11ax (Wifi6), Bluetooth 5.2, 4G LTE (Optional)Dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB4 40Gbps (eGPU support w/ ThunderBolt3), USB Type-C 3.2Gen2, USB-A 3.2Gen2, uSD A2 slotUSB Type-C with DisplayPort, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card reader (UHS-I)

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.

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Is GPD Win 4 Better Than Steam Deck?
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Under 1920×1080 resolution, AAA games are guaranteed to run at 45~60fps, claims the manufacturer. The company website revealed that the 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.

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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.

There is another important point to consider. It is the price difference.

While the pricing of GPD Win 4 remains a mystery, we can deduce that it will be above $1200 as GPD Win 3 costs upwards of $1000. Meanwhile, the top variant of Steam Deck (512 GB) is priced at $649.

It costs almost double the top variant of Steam Deck. Ideally, it is not fair to compare one device with another that costs almost twice as much, but here we are. So, is GPD Win 4 better than Steam Deck?

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. But do you want to spend more than $1,000?

If you are considering buying a Steam Deck, you might be interested in knowing the Steam Deck shipping time and the time the Steam Deck confirmation email goes out.