At the start of a new edition of the CES, AMD held an online event to announce the launch of a new series of processors and graphics cards that will boost computing performance through Artificial Intelligence, as well as the gaming industry.
“At AMD we are always driving the development of high-performance computing. We have paved the way for the great advances in PCs of the last 20 years, launching the first Multicore CPU and introducing the Zen architecture, which was a turning point for the performance of consumer PCs. Now, the breakthrough we look forward to most for PCs is the adoption of AI,” said Lisa Su, CEO of AMD.
Meanwhile, Jack Huynh, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Computing & Graphics Group in AMD, led the meeting, and began by talking about the recent announcement of the AMD Ryzen 8040 Series processors, which have increased NPU performance by 60% through Artificial Intelligence. PCs with Ryzen 8040 processors will be available on the market from February.
“We believe that Artificial Intelligence is the most transformative technology of the last 50 years, but we are just exploring the surface of all the capabilities that AI will bring to PCs”
In addition, AMD introduced the new Ryzen 8000G Series desktop processors, including the Ryzen 7 8700G. With the introduction of Ryzen AI, it is for the first time bringing the power of an AI neural processing unit (NPU) dedicated to desktop PC processors to unlock more AI capabilities for consumers and improve productivity, efficiency and advanced collaboration.
“At AMD we are taking PCs to the next level in gaming. The Ryzen 8000G Series is the first desktop processor with Radeon 700M graphics, which allows you to play next-generation titles in HD,” said Huynh. With up to eight cores and 16 threads, the Ryzen 8000G provides users with great power and performance for intense workloads.
At the top of the stack, AMD Ryzen 7 8700G features eight cores, 16 threads, 24 MB cache and Radeon 780M graphics. For its part, AMD Ryzen 5 8600G offers six cores, 12 threads, 22MB cache and Radeon 760M graphics. Both include AMD Ryzen AI technology, which incorporates the first NPU into a desktop PC processor, with a unique ability to accelerate AI software capabilities on your PC.
Following the line of desktop processors, AMD specifically thought of the gaming public when developing the Ryzen 5000 Series, based on the proven “Zen 3” architecture, which optimizes performance with higher clock speeds and improved efficiency for a smooth gaming experience. AMD expands this series with four new processors: AMD Ryzen 7 5700X3D, AMD Ryzen 5 5700, AMD Ryzen 5 5600GT and AMD Ryzen 5 5500GT. With eight cores and 16 threads, the processor leverages AMD 3D V-Cache technology to deliver stunning 100 MB of chip memory. According to the brand, they will be available to DYI customers and SI partners from January 31.
“At AMD we aim to develop solutions that extend the limit of what is possible. AI will help us drive innovation”
On the other hand, from AMD announced their new Radeon RX 7600 XT graphics card, designed for those players and content creators looking for the best performance in their tasks. “The Radeon RX 7600 XT has 16 GB of memory, and offers great capabilities for content creators and AI applications. This new card offers great performance in applications like Black Magic, and also enables new language models that will run on graphics cards with less RAM,” said the Senior Vice President & General Manager of Computing & Graphics Group at AMD.
With support for advanced technologies like AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 3 and AMD HYPR-RX with AMD Fluid Motion Frames, users can increase their game settings for a fully immersive and highly responsive gaming experience up to 1440p, offering up to 1.9 times higher gaming and ray tracing performance than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 in selected 1080p titles.
Working with the ecosystem:
The company ensures that its success in the industry is due to the joint work they do with the entire ecosystem of PCs and Artificial Intelligence. For this reason, they reported the collaborations with which they are growing in the industry.
AMD partners outlined the benefits of their partnership with the company. On behalf of HP, Alex Cho, President of Personal Systems HP Inc, said: “We believe that the best innovation is the one that brings customization, and with AI we can make our PCs more customized than ever. Our collaboration with partners like AMD will allow us to bring our customers great innovations that change the fundamental nature of what PCs are, through the processors of the Ryzen 8040” series.
Luca Rossi, Executive Vice President, Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo, joined the presentation and said his latest releases at CES, from the Lenovo IdeaPad to the YOGA Creator laptops and the Legion gaming laptops, will be among the first devices to bring these processors to market.
“With AMD we are redefining what is possible for PCs, this means faster video editing speed, faster rendering, higher performance in performance gaming and increased productivity, without sacrificing battery life,” said Rossi.
In terms of gaming, AMD has maintained partnerships with Sony for Playstation 4 and 5, and with Microsoft for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. They also maintain collaborations with Valve, ASUS and Lenovo, with whom they created a new category of wireless gaming devices, which offer a new class of performance in portability and a great gaming experience in motion.
“Thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 8040 processors, our users can handle large workloads more easily than ever before, increasing their productivity and collaboration. Each of our products will offer incredible experiences to our customers. We are proud to share this vision with AMD,” said S.Y HSU, co-CEO of ASUS.
On the other hand, Jan Rosner, VP of Business Development on CD Projekt Red and Charles Tremblay, VP of Technology, talked about how Ryzen 8000G processors helped in the development of the video game Cyberpunk 2077. “The new Ryzen 8000G is fully upgradeable, so we have the highest resolution and detail levels possible. Gaming PCs are more powerful than ever, and we are very proud to be part of these achievements,” said the executives.
“Our partnership with AMD comes at the best time for the gaming industry. PC hardware is more powerful and efficient than ever, but it’s also more accessible”
-CD Projekt Red
To continue supporting its PC ecosystem, AMD makes Ryzen AI software available. “With this system running on laptops and desktop PCs, users can create and develop next-generation AI applications. This solution is easy to use, as it is based on an Open Source framework, which gives developers access to thousands of AI models. The software is available through AMD.com,” said Jack Huynh.
Clement Delangue, CEO of Hugging Face, commented: “Today we host more than 1 million AI models, datasets and applications in text, image, video, biology, chemistry and much more, and thanks to our collaboration with AMD, all of the transformer models work on the company’s GPUs. Text Generation Inference (TGI) is our solution for developing large language models, and is now natively integrated with AMD ROCm”.
In turn, Ivo Manolov, VP Digital Audio & Video at Adobe, highlighted: “AMD helps us incorporate advanced AI capabilities into the Creative Cloud. Many of our most successful innovations with AI work on the Ryzen AI platform. We hope AI will continue to democratize advanced tools and enable more creators to generate amazing content. Our partnership with AMD is helping us deliver great experiences to our customers”.
To conclude, Lisa Su detailed that the new Strix Point generation of Ryzen processors will include a new NPU powered by our next-generation XDNA architecture in 2024. XDNA 2 is designed for a leading AI performance, and delivers 3 times more performance than the Ryzen 7040 series. Pavan Davuluri, CVP, Windows and Devices in Microsoft, said: “When we have NPUs as powerful as those created by AMD, we can build applications that allow us to take full advantage of cloud capabilities. That’s what the Windows ecosystem is about and what we’re building with AMD”.
“I’m proud to work with all of these partners for the future of AI on PCs. It’s a very exciting time for AMD and its PC ecosystem. We are at the beginning of the AI era and we cannot wait to see all we can achieve with our partners”