As CES 2023 wraps up, it’s not unfair to say that there was a whole load of product announcements. Of course, AMD was naturally one brand that had more than a couple of products to announce during its keynote and on that note.
That list of consumer products includes new AI-based processors, both for desktop and mobile, as well as a new Radeon mobile GPU series.
XDNA And Ryzen 7040 Series
The first topic of AMD’s focus was about AI and more specifically, its XDNA architecture. At best, the subject has merely been of passing mention but during CES 2023, “Adaptive AI architecture” took centre stage.
The by-product of the AMD XDNA architecture is the Ryzen 7040 Series, which also serves as the chipmaker’s new and fastest ultrathin mobile processor. Specs-wise, the new processor series will have units with as many as 8-cores, 16-threads, along with a maximum boost clock of 5.2GHz. Moreover, these processors will be fitted with integrated graphics and more specifically, RDNA3 graphic cores, which is a little impressive, given that the desktop Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs only have RDNA2 cores. Even then, those cores aren’t as potent as the ones used in the Steam Deck.
Moving on, the AMD Ryzen 7040 Series processors will also feature the chipmaker’s new Ryzen AI, comprising four dedicated AI Streams. The new lineup will also have a TDP between 15W and 45W, as well as battery life of up to a whopping 30 hours of video playback.
As for when we can expect to see laptops with the AMD Ryzen 7040 Series laptops, Lisa Su, the company’s CEO, says that the first units fitted with its mobile CPUs should start shipping by March 2023.
Ryzen 7045HX And Radeon RX 7000 Series For Laptops
At this point, you’re probably a little confused with AMD’s naming scheme for its new Ryzen mobile scheme. With both its mobile and desktop segments now sharing similar designation, the only way to tell them apart is by the letters at the back of each processor. Having said that, this has always been the company’s plan for a while.
Starting with the AMD Ryzen 7045HX Series, the new mobile CPU series is the direct replacement of last year’s Ryzen 6000 Series mobile series, offering several improvements. The first and most obvious update is that it is based on the new 5nm Zen 4 CPU architecture, and now even has RDNA2 integrated graphics cores. Specs-wise, the AMD Ryzen 7045HX Series CPUs will have up to 16-cores, 32-threads, with its top-tier SKU capable of hitting a boost clock of 5.4GHz, as well as having as much as 80MB of combined L2 and L3 Cache.
In the same breath of the Ryzen 7045HX Series, AMD also announced its new Radeon RX 7000 Series for laptops and more precisely, it revealed the RX 7600M XT. As you have no doubt guessed, the new mobile GPU is based on the chipmaker’s latest RDNA3 GPU architecture but uses a 6nm die lithography instead of the 5nm process of the desktop graphics. In terms of specification, the GPU gets 32 RDNA3 Compute Units, 8GB GDDR6, a 128-bit memory bus, and a TDP varying between 50W and 120W.
As for the availability of both AMD’s Ryzen 7045HX and Radeon RX 7000 Series, the company says that we can look forward to its self-styled AMD Advantage Edition laptops, fitted with both a Ryzen 9 7945HX and the RX 7600M XT, as early as next month. Brand partners include ASUS, Lenovo, and Alienware, to name a few.
3D V-Cache Comes To Desktop Ryzen 7000 Series
After its successful application and demonstration of its Ryzen 7 5800X3D, AMD is finally bringing its 3D V-Cache technology to the Ryzen 7000 Series. Instead of just one SKU, though, the chipmaker will be releasing three processors: the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and the Ryzen 9 7950X3D.
Starting with the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D, the CPU houses 8-cores, 16-threads, has a boost clock of up to 5GHz, and a massive 104W cache. As for the Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 7950X3D, both CPUs are nearly identical to their non-3D counterparts, the main exceptions between them being their larger, stacked L3 Cache: the 7900X3D comes with a 140MB L3 Cache, while the 7950X3D’s stands at 144MB.
Regardless of the model, though, all three of AMD’s new 3D V-Cache CPUs have a TDP of 120W, which is significantly lower than what their non-3D siblings draw. Another thing to take note of is that, not once during its presentation, did AMD’s CEO ever indicate whether these CPUs would be overclockable. Given their TDP, it seems unlikely that it has, which is a little disappointing, seeing how it had promised that the 5800X3D would be the only one with restrictions to overclocking.
AMD says that the new Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs will be available from February 2023 onwards. For that matter, it also says that its new low-power, 65W and non-X CPUs, as well its entry-level AM5 motherboards will be available within the same time frame too.