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GPD Win Max mini officially launched with a built-in Xbox 360 controller

The GPD Win Max is a powerful little niche gaming beast. (Source: GPD)
The GPD Win Max is a powerful little niche gaming beast. (Source: GPD)
First teased last month, the GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC is now official. The device is a remarkable hybrid of laptop and hand-held gaming console rolled into one with some pretty decent specs to back it up.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

GPD has officially launched the diminutive Win Max, which we first covered last year. It is billed as the ‘world’s smallest handheld gaming PC’ and we have no reason to quibble with that claim. The new device features what GPD calls an Xbox 360 controller built into it allowing you to hold the mini laptop as though it were a handheld gaming device. What’s more, despite how small it is, it actually packs quite the punch, powered as it is by an Intel Ice Lake processor. 

The Win Max has an incredibly impressive specification list. The Ice Lake chips is one of Intel’s rare 10th-generation chips that is actually fabricated on Intel’s troublesome 10nm fabrication process. It is a Core i5-1035G7 with the ‘G’ in the nomenclature hinting that it has a high-powered integrated GPU – in this case, it is an 11th-generation Iris Plus 940 with 64 EUs. As you can see from the GPD’s benchmarks below, it produces decent results at the standard settings for the games listed – lower the details, and you will get better framerates. 

The chipset is fitted with 16 GB of LPDDRX4-3733 RAM and is also connected to a wide array of ports including Intel’s Thunderbolt 3. This means you can get even better performance out of it if you choose to pay extra and cough for an eGPU enclosure and desktop GPU. This type of set up would make it powerful enough to hook it to an external monitor for some near full-power desktop gaming. The chipset can even be tweaked in the system BIOS to run at 15/20/25 Watts depending on your performance or battery life when on the go. 

The full spec list is available here. Although an ‘Order Now’ button is showing on the site, it is not yet active. Clearly availability isn’t too far away with details to be revealed next month.

Win Max claimed benchmarks at default settings. (Source: GPD)
Win Max claimed benchmarks at default settings. (Source: GPD)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-21 (Update: 2020-04-21)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.