MSI Claw Is Now 26% Faster Than ASUS ROG Ally With The New Firmware

MSI has released new firmware and software for its gaming handheld, Claw. The device, which has been on the market for over two months, has already garnered significant attention from gamers. This release is particularly important for Intel as it ventures into a market largely dominated by AMD Ryzen processors and their powerful RDNA graphics.


At launch, the MSI Claw fell short in terms of performance. The company did not implement a review embargo or provide samples to prominent media outlets, resulting in varied review outcomes each week, as if the device was still in development. This was partly accurate, not regarding the hardware, but the drivers provided by Intel.

MSI previously announced a notable performance boost with the earlier graphics drivers for the built-in Xe-LPG Arc Graphics. Today, the company is revealing an additional performance increase of “up to 30%” resulting solely from the BIOS update.

01 New vs old BIOS MSI Center M

The new BIOS, E1T41IMS.109 (referred to as 109), along with the recent MSI Center M 1.0.2405.1401 (referred to as 2405.1401) update, is reported to significantly enhance performance in games like Forza Horizon 5, Fortnite, Helldrivers 2, and others. If the BIOS and MSI’s software can deliver a performance boost, it suggests the device still has potential for improvement beyond just GPU driver updates.

MSI has compared their Claw handheld to the ROG Ally, asserting it is on average 26% faster. While the slide and press release lack detailed specifics, it is likely that this comparison is against the Ryzen Z1 non-Extreme version, which has significantly fewer cores than the Extreme variant.

02 Claw vs competition

It took MSI a few weeks, but the company is now clearly ramping up its marketing efforts. However, for this handheld, it might already be too late. New handhelds with even more powerful GPU architectures are on the horizon, some of which may have already been unveiled at Computex.

With updates to MSI Center M and the BIOS, the MSI Claw can offer superior performance compared to its competitors in the top 100 most popular games on Steam. For example, in the popular open-world survival game Valheim, the Claw can provide up to 90% more FPS. Other popular games such as Euro Truck Simulator 2, World of Warships, and Dying Light also see performance advantage of over 50%, delivering a smoother gaming experience.


Source: MSI