GPD Win 3 5.5 Inches Tab

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Input Device Gamepad
Brand GPD
Color GPD WIN 3 i7-1165G7 Black
Connectivity Technology USB
Memory Storage Capacity 1 TB
Last updated on March 22, 2024 12:30 pm

Description

Context of product development     From the first generation of the WIN series, the handheld game consoles created by GPD were all clamshell designs. After all, the screen input of the Window system is not user friendly. However, many users did not like the combination of keyboard + clamshell, and strongly urged us to launch a bar type handheld game console. For our users, after exploration, we referred to the design of the sliding cover of the UX series, incorporated the new backlit touchable keyboard, and finally designed WIN 3. It renovates the cliche clamshell design and is an authentic handheld game console. The details of WIN 3 are the best in history!
Docking station + bracket + charger, smart dock, handheld game console changing into the host in seconds

Interface description:
3 USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports, all at 10Gbps;      1 USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C interface, 10Gbps;      1 HDM 2.0b interface, bandwidth up to 18Gbps, supports up to 32 channels, 48bit maximum color depth, and supports HDR;      1 RJ45 network port, 10/100/1000Mbps self-adaptive network card.
GPD WIN 3 interface diagram

GPD WIN 3 features:           The world’s first Win10 slider bar handheld game console, and the best-detailed handheld game console in GPD’s history!      The latest AAA-level game masterpiece, most of which can run at 60 FPS with special effects;      Screen slide design + hidden white backlit touch keyboard, with vibration prompt when touching;      PC-grade turbofan + dual heat pipes for heat dissipation, large displacement side-blowing design, 40-hole high-speed heat dissipation channel;      Dual vibration motors on the handle, comparable to the ALPS dual 3D joysticks of Japan’s top joysticks Seimitsu and Sanwa, native support for pressing down for L3/R3 function;      Trigger button L2 / R2 linear simulation; the car accelerates gradually, and the shooting instantaneously kills, just like the real accelerator and gun trigger;      AAC top three-dimensional super linear loudspeaker from Germany, double amplitude enhancement, super lively sound!      The shell is made of aviation-grade ABS synthetic resin, with Rockwell hardness of 109R, matte body, great texture;      5.5-inch sunlight screen, 268 PPI, H-IPS technology, the 5th generation Corning Gorilla Glass, NTSC: 84% (typ), DC dimming;      Inte 11th generation Tiger Lake-U series processors, single-core performance surpasses desktop flagship i9-10900K;      Inte 12th generation Iris Xe Graphics core graphics card, comprehensive performance surpasses MX350, and some floating-point computing performance exceeds MX450;      LPDDR4x 4266 memory; only with 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processor can the memory bandwidth of 86GB/s play its role;      The new USB4 unified interface, with doubled bandwidth, natively supports USB 4; when an external eGPU is installed, the independent display performance is fully utilized, and the frame rate is increased by 300%;      The fourth-generation PCIe bus technology, M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD’s read and write speed can be doubled, surpassing USB4;      Support the latest Wi-Fi 6, 300MB/s high-speed Internet, which is 2.77 times faster than Wi-Fi 5;      Support Ble 5.0, 3MB/s transmission speed, precise positioning within 1 meter, long-distance communication of 300 meters, up to 7 Ble devices can be connected;      Docking station + bracket + charger, smart dock, handheld game console changes to host in seconds;      65W PD 2.0 protocol fast charge, a full charge only takes 1.5 hours.          Number of game FPS measured     Compared with WIN Max, WIN 3 gives full play to the performance of the Inte® Iris® Xe Graphics core graphics card, and FPS has increased significantly. The following table is the measured data of the game’s default special effects at a resolution of 1280×720.

* Testing environment: i7-1195G7 / 16GB LPDDR4x-4266 / 500GB NVMe SSD / 1280×720 / Window 10 Home 64bit
A variety of scene experiences to meet your needs

Hold with both hands, play games anytime, anywhere.

The base + machine is placed flat on the desktop as a host, with an external monitor and handle for playing games.

Base + machine flat on the desktop, operate with the external mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
Compared with WIN Max, what are the advantages of WIN 3?     Users who have participated in crowdfunding are no strangers to WIN Max. The following table is a comparison between WIN 3 and WIN Max:
5.5-inch sunlight screen, pixel density up to 268 PPI, shell made of aviation-grade ABS synthetic resin

Pure handheld game console players have very high requirements for screen size. For example, the screen of 3DS XL is only 4.88 inches, the screen of PSV 2000 is 5 inches, the screen of WIN 1 is 5.5 inches, the screen of WIN 2 is 6 inches, the screen of Switch is 6.2 inches, and Switch Lite has returned to 5.5 inches. Generally speaking, 5.5 inches is the size accepted by most handheld game console players.
WIN 3 uses a 5.5-inch sunny screen, NTSC: 84% (typ), resolution 1280×720, 268PPI, and adopts Corning’s fifth-generation Gorilla Glass, DC dimming, so there is no need to worry about the graininess of the screen. If you have WIN 1, you should have a better understanding of the experience under this screen size than novice players. In fact, the 5.5-inch screen size of WIN 1 has the best reputation at present!
The main body of WIN 3 still adopts LG-DOW 121H aviation-grade ABS synthetic resin, with Rockwell hardness of 109R and bending strength of 26,000kg/cm2. The A side and the lateral sides are silver-gray matte spray, with no glare and with great texture.
Linear analog trigger button, dual vibration motors, ALPS dual 3D joysticks comparable to Japan’s top joysticks Seimitsu and Sanwa

Of a flip handheld game console, the rocker can only adopt a sinking Of a flip handheld game console, the rocker can only adopt a sinking design, with short stroke, small swing distance, high resistance, and the experience is far inferior to that of independent handles. WIN 3’s protruding ALPS original dual 3D big rocker has large stroke, large swing distance, low resistance, which sacrifices a little reaction speed, but improves accuracy. As the player is in a fighting game, its control comfort is comparable to those of Japan’s top joysticks Seimitsu and Sanwa, and it natively supports down-pressing to achieve L3/R3 functions.

The previous WIN series handheld game consoles adopt ordinary symmetrical dual speakers, and the sound quality has always been criticized by users. WIN 3 adopts the AAC top stereo super linear speaker from Germany. The sound cavity is built with bass materials and adopts a 0.9cc large sound cavity design. The double coil drives the diaphragm and balances the force of the diaphragm and doubles the amplitude. Therefore, the sound is super lively and loud!
White backlit touch keyboard, unique vibration prompt when touching, born for handheld game console bars

The touch keyboard of WIN 3 is hidden at the bottom of the screen and adopts the QWERTY full keyboard layout, and add the function of vibration motors. When the screen is slid open, the white backlight is on, and there is a vibration prompt when the finger touches.
Why use a touch keyboard? The opinion of most players is that WIN handheld game console keyboards are rarely seen because few people use it to play online games, and they are usually only for game account and password inputs. With a candy bar handheld game console, if a physical keyboard is added, the body will be too thick and the internal structure design will be too complicated. WIN 3 adopts a thinner touch keyboard, which does not take up internal structural space and can free up more space for heat dissipation and batteries.

When playing games, the cover is usually not slid open because the keyboard is not used. However, sometimes, when you need to press the ESC key to return to the game settings interface, it is troublesome to slide each time. To this end, we added 2 customizable physical keys on the back of WIN 3, so that players only need to use the “key position modification software” developed by GPD and built into the system to define a key on the keyboard.

Large turbofan for PC + dual heat pipes, large displacement side-blowing design, 8-hole air duct high-speed intelligent heat dissipation

To improve the heat dissipation performance, WIN 3 adopts a super turbofan for PC + dual heat pipe heat dissipation solution, with PWM control. When the internal temperature is lower than 40℃, the fan only turns on at 20%. When the internal temperature is higher than 40℃, the fan accelerates with 2% PWM increments each time, up to 100%. The air outlets almost occupy the entire top, and the 8-hole high-speed channel allows the device to quickly discharge heat. TDP is designed with three levels, 15-20W, 20-25W, 25-28W. Players can enter BIOS to set the TDP.
The D surface is black matt spray with curved edges, the middle is an 80×30mm hollow air inlet, and the handle part is a 5mm protruding design, which helps avoid blocking the air duct when it is laid flat.
Inte 11th generation Tiger Lake-U series processors, single-core performance comparison, the ultimate desktop flagship i9-10900K     Tiger Lake-U in WIN 3 has a performance increase of 20% compared to Ice Lake-U of the previous generation, has a core graphics card of doubled performance, and has 5 times the AI computing power of the previous generation. The following table is the single-core/multi-core performance comparison of Geekbench 5:

In terms of single-core performance comparison, i7-1195G7 surpasses desktop flagship processor i9-10900K; in terms of multi-core performance comparison, i7-1195G7 still beats desktop processor i5-10600.
12th generation Intel Iris Xe Graphics core graphics, comprehensive performance surpasses MX350, and the performances of some floating-point operations surpass MX450     WIN 3 integrates the 12th generation Inte Iris Xe Graphics core graphics card, with 96 computing units, 8 cores per unit, and a total of 768 cores; its base frequency is 400MHz, the maximum dynamic frequency is increased to 1300MHz, and it integrates 1MB L2 cache. The overall performance of the 96EU 1195G7 surpasses the GeForce MX350.
The following table shows the performance of several mainstream mobile graphics cards under 3DMark 11 at a resolution of 1280×720:

Game players all know that the MX100-MX400 series launched by
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EU surpasses NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (25W) in half-precision and single-precision floating-point operations and texture rate.
Only with Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processor can 16GB LPDDR4x 4266 memory make use of the 86GB/s memory bandwidth.     The Intel 11th-generation Tiger Lake-U processor increases the memory bandwidth to 86GB/s and supports the highest LPDDR4x 4267 memory to help make use of the performance of the core graphics.
After testing, we found that the memory write speed of WIN 3 (Intel Core i7-1195G7) is twice that of HP EliteBook 845 G7 (AMD Ryzen 7 4800U), although both products have built-in 16GB dual-channel LPDDR4x 4266 memory.
We found that HP EliteBook 845 G7 will automatically reduce the frequency to LPDDR4 2666 MHz when the system is running. Looking at the Geekbench database, the comparison between i7-1195G7 and Ryzen 7 4700U shows that the memory bandwidth of the Intel processor is nearly 50% higher. Almost all ultrabooks of AMD schemes are down-clocked to run at LPDDR4-2133 MHz to reduce latency.
Obviously, AMD has made a compromise for the 15W APU, which is to reduce the frequency of the memory under certain circumstances. After all, the CPU, GPU, DDR, and SSD are all rushing for power, and the lack of power can only reduce the frequency. Using Prime95 to test memory stability, it was found that HP EliteBook 845 G7 will crash instantly.
Therefore, we can draw a conclusion that AMD Ryzen 4000 series, with LPDDR4x 4266 memory, can only run at a reduced frequency. At present, LPDDR4x 4266 can only rely on the Intel 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processor to play the 86GB/s memory bandwidth! The following table shows the memory benchmark tests done on LPDDR4 3200, LPDDR4x 3733, LPDDR4x 4266:

* Of the scores on read, write and copy, the corresponding products are all dual-channel devices.
The fourth-generation PCIe bus technology, M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD’s read and write speed can be doubled, surpassing USB4     Of WIN 3’s built-in Inte 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processor, the biggest highlight is the integration of PCIe 4.0 interface specifications, and the bandwidth is doubled!
At present, the sequential read/write of SSD with mainstream M.2 NVMe protocol interface is about 2000 to 3000MB/s. However, this is not the flash memory speed limit. It is limited by the interface bandwidth of PCIe 3.0×4, and the theoretical throughput limit is 3.938GB/s. The theoretical throughput limit of PCIe 4.0 reaches 7.877GB/s. Therefore, when you use PCIe 4.0 SSD on WIIN 3, its speed will double.
Tiger Lake-U series is currently the only embedded processor that can give full play to the performance of PCIe 4 SSD. Because the competing AMD Ryzen 4000 series still only supports PCIe 3.0, Tiger Lake-Y only has a bus speed of 2GT/s OPI. When the CPU exchanges data, it is only equivalent to PCIe 3.0.
The image below is the actual read/write test of WIN 3 built-in Samsung 980 Pro SSD (support PCIe 4.0), and its comparison with several other products:

* Test software: AS SSD Benchmark;
* Test environment: 1195G7, LPDDR4x 4266, Samsung 980 PRO 500GB;
* Different versions of AS SSD Benchmark test results are slightly different, and the heat dissipation will severely affect the read/write speed.
* The chart shows the read and write speed of PCIe 4 SSD. The standard configuration of the shipped machine is PCIe 3 SSD. If you need to reach the speed of the SSD in the chart, please purchase PCIe 4 SSD and replace it by yourself.
It can be seen that the sequential read of Samsung 980 Pro 500GB exceeds 5000MB/s, the sequential write speed exceeds 3300MB/s, and the read speed even exceeds USB4!

WIN 3 adopts M.2 NVMe / AHCI dual protocol interface, so no matter what kind of SSD you want to replace it with, it will work. However, due to space constraints, WIN 3 only supports M.2 2280 single-sided device layout, such as Samsung 980 PRO, while Lenovo NGFF SL700 cannot support it. Please distinguish when replacing SSD.
Unified USB4 interface, doubled bandwidth, external eGFX, frame rate increased by 300%     Another highlight of WIN 3 is the integration of the latest USB4 interface, which natively supports USB 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gb/s), HDM, DisplayPort, RJ-45 network port, audio port, charging and other interface protocols, and is backward compatible with USB interface specifications 3.2/3.1/3.0/2.0/1.1. USB4 can be considered as having completed the unification of peripheral interfaces.
The transfer rate of Ice Lake-U of the previous generation, Thunderbolt 3 is 40Gbps, which includes one 8Gbps DisplayPort channel and four 8Gbps PCIe 3.0 channels. However, Thunderbolt 3 limits the maximum transfer rate supported by each connected device to 16Gbps (2GB/s). When you connect an external graphics dock, you can only use PCIe 3.0×2, and its bus DMI 3.0×4 can only provide 3.94GB/s bandwidth.
The transfer rate of USB4 is still 40Gbps, but the PCIe 4.0 bandwidth is doubled, and the maximum transfer rate supported by each connected device is increased to 32Gbps (4GB/s). The bus DMI 3.0×4 doubles to DMI 3.0×8, which can provide a total bandwidth of about 7.86 GB/s. In this way, when playing games with USB4 external eGFX (graphics card docking station), the performance of the external graphics card will be fully utilized because the bus bandwidth is doubled.
The Tiger Lake-Y series processors, although also integrated with USB4, can only provide 3.93GB/s bandwidth because the bus speed is only 2GT/s. Through the external graphics dock, whether using the main screen or an external monitor, the game frame rate is increased by 300%.

*Note: eGFX is a standard defined by Intel, which includes a complete set of external graphics solutions, such as power supply, motherboard, graphics card, interface, etc. The term eGPU only represents the graphics card. At present, retail platforms do not call eGFX uniformly. There are eGPU, graphics card dock, external graphics card box, external graphics card dock, etc., which actually refer to eGFX. When connecting to an external graphics dock, the frame rate depends on the performance of the external graphics card.
In addition to external eGFX devices, the USB4 interface of WIN 3 supports power adapters based on PD 2.0/3.0 protocol and 15V/20V voltage, which is very scalable. For instance:
1. Any PD2.0/30 protocol power adapter with charging voltage up to 15V/20V on the market can charge WIN 3.

9.2Expert Score
Input Device Gamepad
Brand GPD
Color GPD WIN 3 i7-1165G7 Black
Connectivity Technology USB
Memory Storage Capacity 1 TB
Memory
9.2
PROS
  • Portable and compact design with a built-in keyboard and gamepad.
  • Powerful performance with an 11th Gen Intel Core processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics.
  • Large and high-resolution 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280x720.
  • Multiple connectivity options including Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
  • Dual-boot capability with both Windows 10 and Ubuntu operating systems.
  • Expandable storage up to 2TB with a high-speed M.2 NVMe SSD.
  • Multiple sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and ambient light sensor.
CONS
  • Expensive compared to other handheld gaming devices.
  • Limited battery life of up to 4-5 hours when gaming.
  • Limited game compatibility compared to dedicated gaming laptops or consoles.
  • Small keyboard and gamepad may not be comfortable for extended use.
  • Limited app and software support compared to Windows or Mac operating systems.
  • May generate heat during extended gaming sessions.
  • No built-in cellular connectivity for mobile internet access.

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