AMD Ryzen AI 300 Chip
AMD Ryzen AI 300 Chip

AMD unveils Next-Gen Ryzen AI 300 Chip at Computex 2024

What To Know

  • The Ryzen AI 300 aims to boost AI performance in laptops, while the Ryzen 9000 focuses on fast gaming for desktops.
  • The Ryzen AI 300 chips feature a new neural processing unit (NPU) with 50 TOPS (tera operations per second) of AI performance, over three times better than AMD’s previous laptop hardware.
  • Both the Ryzen AI 300 and Ryzen 9000 chips are powered by AMD’s Zen 5 architecture, which is a major update for the company.
  • We’re still waiting for pricing details on AMD’s new hardware, but the company says we can expect to see Ryzen AI 300 systems and Ryzen 9000 chips in July.

Microsoft’s Copilot+ initiative for advanced AI PCs is becoming a reality at Computex 2024. Today, AMD revealed its next major chip platforms: Ryzen AI 300 for laptops and Ryzen 9000 for desktops. The Ryzen AI 300 aims to boost AI performance in laptops, while the Ryzen 9000 focuses on fast gaming for desktops.

The Ryzen AI 300 chips feature a new neural processing unit (NPU) with 50 TOPS (tera operations per second) of AI performance, over three times better than AMD’s previous laptop hardware. The new desktop processors are reportedly 16% faster than their predecessors in overall performance.

The key takeaway is that Qualcomm is no longer the only company boasting fast AI hardware for Copilot+ PCs. This initiative, unveiled by Microsoft a few weeks ago, sets a new standard for AI PCs. Copilot+ PCs need an NPU with at least 40 TOPS of AI performance, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB SSDs to qualify as Copilot+ notebooks.

Microsoft also emphasized long battery life, but it’s unclear if the Ryzen AI 300 chips can match the reported twenty-plus hours from Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processors. We expect Intel to share more details about its Lunar Lake Copilot+ chips later today at Computex.

So far, AMD’s new laptop chips include two models: the 12-core Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 and the 10-core AI 9 365. As usual, AMD plans to expand its lineup with mid-tier and lower-end options over the next year. Both Ryzen AI 9 chips reach at least 5GHz max boost speeds and feature built-in RDNA 3.5 Radeon 890M and 880M graphics.

According to AMD’s benchmarks, the Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 is 98% faster than Apple’s M3 chip in Blender and 73% faster than Intel’s Core Ultra 185H. (It’s worth noting that AMD tested its hardware with 32GB of RAM against Apple and Intel systems with 16GB of RAM, according to its testing footnotes.)

Both the Ryzen AI 300 and Ryzen 9000 chips are powered by AMD’s Zen 5 architecture, which is a major update for the company. Senior Processor Technical Marketing Manager Donny Woligrosky says it offers better branch prediction, higher overall throughput, and up to twice the instruction bandwidth. For regular users, this means Zen 5 systems will be more responsive and better suited for handling large data loads.

While AMD’s new AI chips are the highlight, the company isn’t neglecting desktop users. The new Ryzen 9000 chips top out with the 16-core Ryzen 9 9950X, which reaches close to 6GHz with 5.7GHz boost speeds. It’s a power-hungry chip, requiring 170 watts, so more practical users might prefer the Ryzen 9 9900X (120W TDP) or the eight-core Ryzen 7 9700X (65W).

These new chips don’t include NPUs like the Ryzen 8000G, but gamers and demanding PC users can rely on the raw power from desktop CPUs and powerful GPUs. (NVIDIA is also trying to support some AI features with its RTX GPUs, eliminating the need for a standalone NPU.)

Alongside these new desktop chips, AMD is also launching the X870E and X870 AM5 chipsets. They include next-gen PC features like PCIe 5, USB4, WiFi 7, and DDR5. For its older AM4 hardware, AMD also announced the 16-core Ryzen 9 5900XT and eight-core Ryzen 7 5800XT, both of which can hit 4.8GHz speeds.

We’re still waiting for pricing details on AMD’s new hardware, but the company says we can expect to see Ryzen AI 300 systems and Ryzen 9000 chips in July. These new laptops include the ASUS ZenBook S 16, Zephyrus G16, and MSI Stealth A16 AI+.