AMDs's Ryzen Pro 8000 And Pro 8040, Almost All About The XDNA NPU – PC Perspective

AMDs's Ryzen Pro 8000 And Pro 8040, Almost All About The XDNA NPU – PC Perspective

AMD's new chips are for work, not gaming.

If you were hoping that the AMD Ryzen Pro 8000 and Ryzen Pro 8040 series would give you a great excuse to upgrade your CPU or pick up a new laptop, you may be disappointed. The Hawkpoint-based Pro8040 series is almost completely unchanged from previous-generation Phoenix chips, except for its performance in AI applications. The XDNA NPU on most Ryzen Pro 8040 series can hit 16 TOPS over the previous generation's 10TOPS which will be a huge boon for your AI apps, if you have them.

The Ryzen Pro 8000 desktop CPUs see a bit more improvement., migrating from the Pro 7000 series chiplets to the Phoenix architecture and also focusing on the XDNA NPU. It's likely that they won't perform normal tasks as fast as the previous generation but will outpace them on AI tasks. The Pro 8000 series will also be more powerful, which is a boon for businesses but less impressive for gamers.

There will be eight Ryzen Pro 8000 desktop CPUs, only four of which will have the improved XDNA NPU onboard and of the eight Ryzen Pro 8040 chips, fully half will sport better AI performance. Overall it's not a great launch for enthusiasts but it could help AMD's bottom line if businesses gravitate towards the better AI performance the 8000/8040 series offers. As reported by ServeTheHome.AMD has a lot of work to do when it comes to convincing laptop makers to expand their selection of Ryzen-based models, and it could help.

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