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AMD Unveils Enhanced Ryzen HS Series Processors with Focus on AI Performance

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AMD Unveils Enhanced Ryzen HS Series Processors with Focus on AI Performance

In a significant development, AMD has revealed enhancements to its Ryzen HS series processors, introducing two new variants - the Ryzen 8x45HS and Ryzen 8x40HS. The former maintains the TDP (Thermal Design Power) range of 35-54 watts, similar to previous models, while the latter brings an edge in energy efficiency with a reduced TDP of 20-30 watts, defaulting at 28 watts.

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Boost in AI Processor Performance

The most notable change is the 40% performance increase in the integrated AI processor (NPU with XDNA architecture). This isn't just a theoretical upgrade; actual improvements have been measured in stress tests with large language models (like Llama 2) and visual models, showing an increase from 10 to 16 TOPS (trillion operations per second).

Consistent Core Clock Speeds

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Interestingly, despite these updates, the boost clock speeds of the processor cores remain unchanged. This suggests that AMD currently sees no need to increase single-core performance. For the 'U' models targeted at thin and light notebooks, the only difference so far is the performance of the AI processor. One exception is the Ryzen 5 8540U, which lists a GPU clock speed of 2.8 GHz, compared to the existing Ryzen 5 7540U's maximum of 2.5 GHz, indicating a 300MHz increase.

Temporary Update in Competition with Intel

While AMD compares the new processors' performance with Intel's Core i9-13900H, the Ryzen 8000HS/U series seems to serve as a temporary update to compete with Intel's offerings, including the upcoming Meteor Lake. The real game-changer from AMD is expected with the release of the APUStrix Points with Zen 5 architecture, additional cores, and significant enhancements (IPC, RDNA 3.5 graphics architecture, and AI performance tripled) in the summer.

AMD already has functional Strix Point CPUs in its labs and is supplying Hawk Point processors to manufacturers. The new processors are anticipated to be released at CES 2024 in early January, with notebook availability during the first quarter of the year.

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