GPD Win Max 2 - Ryzen 7840U Radeon 780M synthetic benchmarks

GPD Win Max 2 is a 10,1" cross between a laptop and a handheld. It comes with relatively powerful Ryzen 7 7840U and up to 64GB of LPDDR5x RAM and two M.2 NVMe SSDs.

This is my initial take on benchmarking this device. In this article, I'll showcase CPU/GPU synthetic benchmark results, but the key part is - upgrading it from stock configuration to the latest drivers and max RAM speeds. Stock configuration of GPD Win Max 2 isn't optimal so there isn't much reason to do much testing on it. It may however show what's the difference between initial benchmarks of the device and revisits using newer drivers and workarounds on any problems if present.

Updating the device

The first batches of the device shipped with BIOS v0.29 while at the time of writing this article, we already have version 0.35. Subsequent BIOS versions fixed a driver conflict preventing users from installing AMD official GPU drivers. GPD had an early driver package and some custom code for AMD Phoenix SoC. With the newer BIOS, you can update to the official driver without problems.

It's surprising and somewhat sad that we had to wait like seven, or eight months for AMD Phoenix SoC and after all that time it still didn't have drivers ready. Not to mention that barely any laptops are available worldwide. They are starting to show up in some regions, 9-10 months after CES.

As for the GPD Win Max 2 2023 edition - stock benchmarks will differ from the best-case scenario for the device as aside from fixed drivers it also shipped with RAM set to 6400 MT/s instead of 7500 MT/s. You can change that in the BIOS (press DEL as the device is starting). Higher RAM speed improves iGPU performance and some CPU workloads. I don't have official reasoning why it ships with a lower preset but some users mentioned AMD Phoenix having problems with device wakeup when RAM is at 7500 MT/s.

Stock configuration Updated configuration
BIOS version 0.29 0.35
RAM profile 6400 MT/s 7500 MT/s
Radeon driver version 3516 3584
Windows 11 version 11.0.22621

Stock configuration benchmarks

Here are CPU/general benchmark results:

AIDA64 cache and memory benchmark
AIDA64 GPU and CPU benchmark

Radeon 780M itegrated graphics benchmarks:

Unigine Superpostion 1080p medium benchmark run
Unigine Superpostion 1080p medium benchmark run

The device is shipped with a BIWINM 2TB CE980Y38900 SSD. It does perform quite well but it's not a top brand and some users had problems with the drives failing in the past.

Updated configuration benchmarks

Newer drivers and faster memory should improve some benchmark results, but mostly those heavily reliant on memory. Let's start with some results:

And some of the retested benchmarks:

Stock Updated
Geekbench 6 single-core 2397 2446
Geekbench 6 multi-core 8550 10682
Geekbench 6 GPU (Vulkan) 26688 33797
Passmark 6310 7446
PCMark 10 6740 6841
V-Ray 6409 vsamples 9017 vsamples
Corona 2 811 759 rays/s 3 855 513 rays/s
Unigine Superposition 1080p medium 4913 4975
Unigine Superposition 720p low 11708 12233
Unigine Valley 38.1 FPS 38.3 FPS
3DMark Solar Bay 11864 10901
3DMark Time Spy 3020 3093
3DMark Fire Strike 7198 7395
3DMark Wild Life Extreme 4833 5109
3DMark Wild Life 16226 15966
3DMark Night Raid 26896 27326

The improvements are a single percent, aside from Geekbench and V-Ray/Corona benchmarks which see up to 40% difference, which is a bit odd. 3DMark does not change much, sometimes a bit higher, sometimes a bit lower.

AIDA64 cache and memory benchmark
AIDA64 GPU and CPU benchmark

Memory benchmarks did improve when switching to 7500 MT/s but not by that much. Either way, the laptop seems stable. Thermal load is also under control and full fan speed turning on only on some tests.

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