AMD Ryzen 8040: full artificial intelligence with the dedicated unit

We said that Windows 12 will focus on artificial intelligence, supporting the market launch of a new range of systems equipped with it integrated AI unit. From now, AMD begins to reveal its cards by presenting the APU series Ryzen 8040 (code name Hawk Point). These are processors intended for mobile systems, based on architecture Zen 4 CPU side and on RDNA 3 for what concerns the GPU.

According to AMD technicians, the performance during processing related toartificial intelligence they would be, in the case of the new Ryzen 8040, up to 1.6 times higher than previous processor models.

The main features of the new AMD Ryzen 8040 APUs

The Ryzen 8040 series picks up the baton left in the field by the previous line of Ryzen 7040 APUs, announced at the beginning of 2023. For the moment, the company led by Lisa Su has announced 9 models: three belong to the range 8045HS, with TDP between 35W and 45W; two 8040HS they have a TDP of 20W to 30W; four models 8040U they drop the TDP between 15W and 30W.

The serie HS it is configured as a mid-range proposal capable of providing sufficient processing power for a wide variety of workloads; there series Uon the other hand, is designed for ultra-thin, low-power notebooks.

As mentioned at the beginning, the main difference compared to the Ryzen 7040 series is that 7 out of 9 models of the Ryzen 8040 series are equipped with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU)a specialized processing unit for artificial intelligence.

The announcement precedes that of by a few days Intel which, on December 14th, will present its Meteor Lake: the first processors with an integrated NPU.

AMD Ryzen 8040

The list of new AMD processors for mobile systems

Below we publish a summary table that compares each model, comparing the number of cores/threads, the boost/base frequency, the cache, the TDP and indicates the possible presence of the NPU.

APU model Core/thread Boost/base Cache TDP NPU
AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS 8 / 16 5,2 GHz/4,0 GHz 24 MB 45 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS 8 / 16 5,1 GHz/3,8 GHz 24 MB 45 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 7 8840HS 8 / 16 5,1 GHz/3,3 GHz 24 MB 28 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 7 8840U 8 / 16 5,1 GHz/3,3 GHz 24 MB 28 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 5 8645HS 6 / 12 5,0 GHz/4,3 GHz 22 MB 45 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 5 8640HS 6 / 12 4,9 GHz/3,5 GHz 22 MB 28 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 5 8640U 6 / 12 4,9 GHz/3,5 GHz 22 MB 28 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 5 8540U 6 / 12 4,9 GHz/3,2 GHz 22 MB 28 W Yes
AMD Ryzen 3 8440U 4 / 8 4,7 GHz/3,0 GHz 12 MB 28 W Yes

Furthermore, according to AMD, those who purchase a system based on the Ryzen 8040 APU will be able to benefit from a editing video up to 64% faster, rendering 3D up to 37% more performance and up to 77% better gaming performance than competing products.

Manufacturers who have already chosen to use the new Ryzen 8040 processors

AMD confirms that products based on the Ryzen 8040 series APUs will be available starting from the first quarter of 2024. Manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Razer have already confirmed that they have chosen the next generation AMD APUs.

Acerfor its part, has already announced the first notebook PC gaming based on Ryzen 8040. This is the system Nitro V 16 which, however, will not be available before March 2024, starting from some selected markets and at a price of no less than 1,000-1,200 euros (yet to be confirmed).

Nitro V 16 will use the new and powerful Ryzen 7 8845HS: the third number, i.e. “4”, confirms that it is a chip based on AMD’s most advanced construction process. AMD processors will be paired with graphics cards NVidia GeForce RTX 40 series, up to an RTX 4060. The 16-inch, 16:10 screen panel will be available in 2560 x 1600 or 1920 x 1200 resolution options, with a maximum of 165 Hz.

Other specifications of the Nitro V 16 notebook include up to 32 GB of DDR5-5600 RAM and up to 2 TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage. More details will arrive during the next edition of CES in Las Vegas, in early January.


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