ASUS ROG Ally Beats Intel-based MSI Claw In Early Gaming Tests

Although official reviews of the MSI Claw are pending, certain Chinese media sources have acquired early samples, enabling a direct comparison with ASUS handheld. The ROG Ally emerges as the perfect counterpart to the Claw, boasting identical screen size, resolution, and a 16GB LPDDR5-6400 memory configuration.

Anticipation is high for this comparison, considering that MSI and ASUS typically compete in diverse PC component markets. Chinese media carried out several game tests, recognizing the challenge of comparing two distinct devices. While having multiple test runs per benchmark would be ideal, early footage only offers glimpses and single runs, potentially not fully showcasing the performance of both systems.

The tests covered varied power levels, a critical aspect when evaluating handheld devices. Both companies provide convenient TDP profile switches, enabling users to customize performance according to the game’s demands or the available battery life. The Claw’s larger battery theoretically has the potential to provide extended gaming time or support a higher TDP with the same battery life. The system can operate at a 40W TDP level (though in practice, it hovers between 35 and 40 watts).


During the Shadow of the Tomb Raider test, the Claw doesn’t exhibit superior performance compared to the ROG Ally. As per a Bilibili creator’s assessment, the system lags behind at four distinct power levels: 15W, 20W, 25W, and the maximum TDP (40W for the Claw and 30W for the Ally).

Purportedly equipped with the Core i5 Ultra 135H processor and an integrated Arc GPU with 7 Xe-Cores, this setup incorporates 2 CPU cores and 1 Xe-Core fewer than the Core i7 Ultra 155H. Despite the relatively minor variations in specifications, a performance disparity was noted in a test, particularly in Cyberpunk 2077.

During this test, the average FPS was documented as 22.53 for the 135H variant and 29.78 for the 155H variant. Regrettably, the reviewer did not consistently showcase the benchmark result screen.

It’s crucial to acknowledge that reviewers may have used drivers distinct from those available upon the official release of the product. Intel appears to be granting access to their Arc GPU drivers for the Meteor Lake series, regardless of the specific product, facilitating the execution of these tests.


Both reviews incorporate a comprehensive comparison of controller setups, screens, and speaker configurations. It’s certainly worth examining if you have an interest. We anticipate a distinct embargo lift for international media at some point, with the product set to be released in early April.

Via Videocardz