AMD announces new processors with neural processing unit



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AMD is expanding its processor portfolio with the new Ryzen 8000 Series, the first AMD desktop processor to feature a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).

The AMD Ryzen 8000G series of desktop processors, including the flagship model Ryzen 7 8700G, will feature Ryzen AI. This is an XDNA-based “neural processing unit (NPU)” that AMD says is “uniquely able to accelerate AI software capabilities in your PC to optimize AI workloads, improve AI processing efficiencies, and unlock exciting experiences like AI-powered noise cancellation.”

The new processors are expected to be available at the end of January. Devices with integrated next-generation AMD processors are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2024.

Model Cores/threads Boost6 / Base Frequency Total Cache TDP NPU SEP
AMD Ryzen™ 7 8700G 8C/16T Up to 5.1GHz / 4.2GHz 24MB 65W Yes $329
AMD Ryzen™ 5 8600G 6C/12T Up to 5.0GHz / 4.3GHz 22MB 65W Yes $229
AMD Ryzen™ 5 8500G 6C/12T Up to 5.0GHz / 3.5GHz 22MB 65W N/A $179
AMD Ryzen™ 3 8300G 4C/8T Up to 4.9GHz / 3.4GHz 12MB 65W N/A N/A

In addition, AMD’s OEM partners, including ACER, ASUS, Lenovo, HP, and Razer, are introducing additional AMD Ryzen 8040 Series laptops with the Ryzen AI NPU integrated into select models. These AI-enabled laptops are designed to provide consumers with enhanced gaming experiences, content creation, and everyday productivity benefits, AMD said.

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AMD also announced the Ryzen 5000 series of desktop processors based on the Zen 3 architecture, which includes four new processors, including the Ryzen 7 5700X3D with AMD 3D V-Cache technology for improved gaming performance. The 5000 series will also be available in late January.

Model Cores/Threads Boost6 / Base Frequency Total Cache TDP NPU SEP
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5700X3D 8C/16T Up to 4.1GHz / 3.0GHz 100MB 105W N/A $249
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5700 8C/16T Up to 4.6GHz / 3.7GHz 20MB 65W N/A $175
AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600GT 6C/12T Up to 4.6GHz / 3.6GHz 19MB 65W N/A $140
AMD Ryzen™ 5 5500GT 6C/12T Up to 4.4GHz / 3.6GHz 19MB 65W N/A $125

PC and hardware makers focus on AI

In the run-up to CES 2024, Microsoft announced the “era of the AI PC” and, together with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm, plans to launch the first AI-focused devices in February. We will have to wait and see what exactly is behind this promise and how big the performance gains for AI-specific applications are through dedicated AI hardware.

One concrete new feature is a Copilot key for Windows PC keyboards. Copilot is the brand name for several chatbot assistants from Microsoft that are based on OpenAI technology and that Microsoft is integrating into more and more Windows applications.

Dedicated AI hardware in the consumer market is nothing new, with Nvidia offering its AI Tensor computing units on its RTX graphics card series since summer 2018. Tensor units are designed to perform AI-relevant matrix multiplications more efficiently than regular processors.

According to the company, the AI cores enable Nvidia graphics cards to master special graphics functions such as Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), which Nvidia says efficiently executes a pre-trained neural network on the tensor cores.

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