ASUS ROG Ally Gets Bugfixes But Loses Performance With Latest 319 BIOS

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If you're a usual user of a consumer device like the ROG Ally, when an update comes down, you install it. Certainly the device itself advises you to do so. However, if you already have a ROG Ally and are enjoying the machine's high performance, don't update to BIOS version 319 through the MyASUS app. While it fixes a couple of bugs—mostly related to ASUS' cloud storage service—it also drastically damages performance.

Version 319 was released a few days ago, and according to ASUS, it should improve the poor performance on the 9W low-power present that we observed in our extensive review. Well, we've tested it, and it doesn't. In fact, if anything, it's arguably worse—and it's definitely worse at 15W and 25W. While we don't have hard numbers of our own to present, tech YouTuber ThePhawx does, and he says that he sees drops of as much as 20% on the latest BIOS.

Notably, even ASUS itself has advised users to hold off the new update if they want the best performance. In a video titled "The Best ROG Ally tips and tricks" which we'll embed below, ASUS marketer Whitson Gordon acknowledges that "some users have reported lower performance with the latest 319 BIOS," and that users can "hold off on installing" that BIOS update.

The relevant part of the video starts at 4:02.

So what to do if you've already updated? Well, if you're not playing particularly performance-sensitive games, it's possible that the new update could offer better battery life, although we haven't had time to test that yet. So saying, you could leave well enough alone and be alright.

Of course, if you bought a ROG Ally over the Steam Deck, it's probably for the promise of superior performance. With that in mind, let's get you back to the maximum speed offered by the device. That means downgrading to the 317 firmware, which is possible, but ASUS doesn't make it easy—you can't do it in Windows.

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Folks familiar with updating a motherboard's BIOS using ASUS EZ Flash will have no problem with the process—just go to this page, click "See All Downloads" in the BIOS section (not the "BIOS Update(Windows)" section), download the Version 317 BIOS for the ASUS EZ Flash utility, and then install it using EZ Flash in the system's honestly-quite-cool gamepad-input-enabled UEFI setup utility.

If you aren't familiar with the process, or if you would just like to see it done before you attempt it, Rypper Gaming documents the whole process on camera in the video above. The video also includes after-and-before benchmarks with Diablo IV where he gains some 20% or thereabouts in that title on 15W performance mode, so it's worth checking out.