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Steam Deck APU hits sturdy desktop Ryzen 3000 levels in Geekbench CPU test

Death Stranding is one of many games that will be able to fully utilize the Steam Deck's custom AMD APU. (Image source: Steam - edited)
Death Stranding is one of many games that will be able to fully utilize the Steam Deck's custom AMD APU. (Image source: Steam - edited)
The Steam Deck console has appeared on Geekbench with the CPU part of the custom AMD APU producing a similar result to desktop Ryzen 3000 APUs. The Steam Deck’s chipset has a CPU component based on Zen 2 architecture and the console also has an RDNA 2 GPU advantage.

Valve’s Steam Deck has been spotted on Geekbench under the name “Valve Jupiter”. Although there are quite a few records on the benchmark site under this pseudonym, this is the first one with Windows as the operating system and mention of a 4-core AMD custom 0405 APU, meaning this is likely the finished product getting some last-minute testing before launch. The Steam Deck console is expected to be officially unveiled on February 25.

The Geekbench 5 test for the Steam Deck is focused on the CPU part of the Zen 2 APU, which has four cores, eight threads, and it can clock from 2.4 GHz up to 3.5 GHz. However, the base clock rate measured in the Geekbench run is 2.80 GHz, with 16 GB of RAM in support. The single-core score was 830 points and the multi-core score was 3,666 points. Looking through the site’s charts, it seems that the Steam Deck’s APU is hitting a similar mark to between the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G desktop APUs.

However, where it could be expected that the Steam Deck’s Zen 2-based CPU part could only emulate the performance levels of the Zen+ Ryzen 3000 chips, with the Ryzen 7 3700U mobile APU also being comparable, the upcoming handheld gaming console still has a (graphics) card up its sleeve. Where those Ryzen 3000 parts relied on 5th-generation GCN architecture for the iGPU, the Steam Deck’s chipset gets treated to an updated RDNA 2 iGPU with 8 CUs and a clock speed of 1-1.6 GHz.

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Steam Deck custom AMD APU. (Image source: Geekbench)
Steam Deck custom AMD APU
Zen+ Ryzen 3000 desktop APUs. (Image source: Geekbench - edited)
Zen+ Ryzen 3000 desktop APUs

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Geekbench (1/2/3) via ITHome (in Chinese)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-02-17 (Update: 2022-02-17)