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AMD Announces Ryzen 8040 Series For 2024 Laptops, AI Remains Star Of The Show

by Low Boon ShenDecember 8, 2023
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AMD Announces Ryzen 8040 Series For 2024 Laptops, AI Remains Star Of The Show

AMD Announces Ryzen 8040 Series For 2024 Laptops, AI Remains Star Of The Show

AMD recently unveiled its latest Ryzen lineup, although it’s not quite the newest stuff like you usually see in previous Ryzen releases. As the company adopted the new naming system – with the first digit following the “portfolio year” (in this case ‘8’ means model year 2024), all the existing designs featured on Ryzen 7040 series will now be carried over to Ryzen 8040 series (codenamed Hawk Point), albeit with some minor updates.

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In line with the recent trend of AI computing, Team Red has put its focus for this year’s release mainly on AI performance. While the performance on the CPU and onboard GPU is largely similar, the company has managed to yield more performance out of the XDNA-based NPU – despite not introducing a new NPU architecture. What you get, then, is 40% more AI performance in running LLMs and image recognition tasks.

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The Ryzen 8040 family now also comes with a slightly more complicated set of distinct models, with three power ratings: 8x40U is 15-30W as usual, 8x40HS meanwhile gets relegated to the 20-30W power envelope, whereas the 35-54W range is occupied by the new 8x45HS models, making it a direct successor of the Ryzen 7040HS lineup. Of the nine models listed above, seven of them will come with Ryzen AI.

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The company also teased the next-gen APU codenamed “Strix Point”, which aims for a 3x performance increase in AI workloads. This is set to be achieved with the new XDNA 2 architecture, though details are fairly scarce at this point. However, leaks have pointed out this could be a fairly capable chip, featuring up to 16 RDNA 3.5 CUs, increased cache size, and of course, increased AI capabilities.

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