With the release of Steam Deck handheld console there was a rise in interest of playing WoW and other games on the go on a handheld device. Such form factor devices are already available on the market although they are a bit of a niche, lets look at what's available.
There is a lot of comparison between WoW and FF14 lately. You can compare Y'shtola to Y'shaarj and so on but today I've tried to compare the performance and hardware/software characteristics of both game. Let's do some benchmarks.
Pipo W12 is one of ARM based devices running ARM version of Windows 10. Equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC it is current an entry level device in this category. Let's see how it performs, what does it offer and what are the limitations and problems.
It's not a problem for us to replace a CPU cooler or troubleshoot our battle station problems. But what if it happens to a completely non-technical PC gamer? Here is a case study from my guild discord.
Patch 9.1 for World of Warcraft have gave us new content but also new technical issues. Let see how performance looks like versus 9.0.5 and 9.0 and what are currently reported problems.
Windows on Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM SoCs is still a niche in the Microsoft ecosystem. Blizzard during patch 9.1 development released an initial ARM Windows version of World of Warcraft, likely as a followup to their Apple M1 ARM version. Let see how it performs on one of the cheapest Windows ARM devices - Pipo W12.
Thin Mini-ITX standard was created by Intel for small form factor and integrated PCs. AMD based system were absent from this form factor but Asrock and some OEMs did ventured into it with A320 chipset supporting early Zen APUs. Let's take a look at such OEM Thin Mini-ITX board - Quadro A4-320.
Ryzen raise on desktop is really well benchmarked and tested. We know how it scales with memory and so on. But what about mobile parts? How much do the loose stuck at 3200CL22 JEDEC RAM? Are there any other less obvious compromises that affect performance? Lets take a look.
China is a source of many curious PC components. One of them is JET-5608 laptop SODIMM memory to desktop DDR4 sockets adapter. Let's see how this thing works on Intel and AMD platforms.
As the GPU shortage continues being able to play video games can be either expensive or problematic. Integrated graphics can be a temporary solution when building a new PC or when a very small and quiet media PC or a thin and lightweight laptop is needed. In this benchmark I'll go over World of Warcraft on AMD mobile and desktop integrated graphics – APUs (with some Intel commentary).