AMD Introduces Its Next-Generation Laptop Processors With AI

AMD debuted the Ryzen AI 300 Series, the company’s most recent series of laptop processors, at Computex 2024.

The new Ryzen AI processors are designed specifically for generative AI workloads and are based on AMD’s most recent architectures for general computing, neural processing, and integrated graphics: RDNA 3.5 for iGPU, XDNA2 for NPU, and Zen 5 for CPU.

The top-of-the-line Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 and the little less potent Ryzen AI 9 365 are the first two processors in this series.

A deep dive into specifications

With a 12-core/24-thread arrangement, a maximum clock speed of 5.1GHz, a 36MB cache, and Radeon 890 million graphics, the top-tier Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 processor is impressive.

The Ryzen AI 9 365, its equivalent, has a little less potent configuration with 10 cores and 20 threads, a maximum clock speed of 5.0GHz, a 34MB cache, and Radeon 880 million graphics.

With a remarkable NPU capacity of up to 50 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second), both CPUs are equipped.

Ryzen AI 300 Series outperforms competitors in TOPS

In terms of TOPS, AMD’s new Ryzen AI series performs better than rival NPU-configured chips that are either now on the market or will be launched shortly.

In contrast, the M4 CPU from Apple offers 38 TDP, the Snapdragon X series from Qualcomm offers 45 TDP, and the Ryzen 8040 series chips from AMD only had 16 TDP.

With about 10TOPS, Intel’s Meteor Lake Ultra 7 165H likewise trails.

Enhanced compute capacity and efficiency

Because AMD’s XDNA2 NPU is built into the chipsets, the new Ryzen AI series has twice the power efficiency and five times the computational capability of its predecessor.

Its distinct FP16 “block” or NPU architecture, which can handle generative AI tasks with 8-bit performance (INT8) and 16-bit precision (FP16) without quantization, is credited with the notable improvement.

This makes it possible to process AI workloads quickly and precisely without converting.

Ryzen AI 300 Series availability in laptops

The Ryzen AI 300 series will be available in a number of Copilot+ PCs that Microsoft revealed at its Surface presentation, with availability beginning in July 2024.
These consist of the HP OmniBook and ASUS Vivobook S15 variants.

The following laptops are expected to use the new AI processors: ThinkBooks, ThinkPads, and Yogas from Lenovo; MSI’s Stealth A16, Summit A16, Prestige A16, and Creator A16; ASUS’ Zenbook S16, Vivobook S14 and 16, ProArt P16/X13; and Rog Zephyrus G16 and TUF A14/A16 gaming laptops.