Upcoming AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 Processor Leaked By ASUS?

Upcoming AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 Processor Leaked By ASUS?

In what appears to be a mistake or jumping of the gun by ASUS, they have apparently published a list of specifications for one of its flagship notebooks that hint at AMD's next generation of mobile processors. While we've seen AMD toy with a new name for their Phoenix silicon (Ryzen 7040 series), it looks like AMD is once again changing things up with their naming scheme for processors. There is a relationship.

The ASUS listing, which has now been deleted, but is still available via Google Cache as of writing, highlights a model that already exists, the VivoBook S 16 OLED (M5606), but an unknown one. Listed with AMD Ryzen AI 9. HX 170 processor. Which, based on its specifications, is definitely not part of the current Hawkpoint (Phoenix/Phoenix 2) platform.

A cache on Google shows the ASUS Vivobook S 16 OLED with a Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 processor.

While this happens occasionally in the industry, what seems like an accidental leak from ASUS on one of their product pages has unearthed an unknown processor from AMD. It first came to our attention through a post on Twitter by a user @harukaze5719. While we don't speculate on rumours, we verified it ourselves by digging into Google's cache. Sure enough, as highlighted in the image above by Google, it lists a new unannounced model of the Ryzen Mobile processor. Under the listing for the ASUS Vivobook S 16 OLED (M5606) notebook via the Product Compare section, it is listed with the AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 170, which appears to be one of AMD's upcoming Zen 5-based mobile chips. Which is code named Strix Point.

So apparently with the new name that AMD has gone with, it has a clear focus on AI, or Ryzen AI, by adding it to the name. The Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 looks to be a 12C/24T Zen 5 Mobile variant, with their Ryzen AI NPU or similar integrated inside the chip. Given that Microsoft has specified that only processors with an NPU of 45 tops or more are considered 'AI PCs', it is likely that a Xilinx (now AMD Xilinx)-based NPU meets these requirements. Will perform as the listing states the chip is present. Up to 77 AI performance tops are available. The HX series is remarkably similar to AMD's (and Intel's) previous HX series of names for laptops for their desktop replacement SKUs, so assume any details of ASUS' mistake are correct. If there are, then it's probably a very high-end, high-TDP part. .

AMD Laptop Roadmap Zen 2 in 2019 to Zen 5 on Track for 2024 Release

We've known for some time that AMD plans to release AMD's Zen 5-based Strix Point lineup sometime in 2024. Given the timing of Computex 2024, which is still more than four weeks away, we don't have the full available yet. Image of Zen 5 performance and its architectural change over Zen 4. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Xu also confirmed that Zen 5 will come with improved RDNA graphics inside the Strix Point. Stating that the SOC “Strix combines our next-generation Zen 5 cores with enhanced RDNA graphics and an updated Ryzen AI engine to significantly increase PCs' performance, energy efficiency, and AI capabilities.

While it's entirely possible as we head into Computex 2024 that AMD is set to announce more details about Zen 5, nothing has been confirmed. We know that AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su is the show's opening keynote speaker.Dr. Lisa Su Unveiled its Zen 4 microarchitecture at Computex 2022. During AMD's keynote and even unveiled their 3D V-Cache stacking, which we know today Ryzen X3D CPUs Back at Computex 2021.

With that in mind, AMD and Dr. Lisa Su like to announce new products and architectures at Computex, so we'll just have to wait until early next month. How AMD reveals the names of the upcoming Zen 5 mobile and desktop processors remains to be seen, but hopefully all will be revealed soon. Regarding the ASUS Vivobook S 16 OLED (M5606), we currently do not know any of the other specifications at this time. Still, we expect them to be available when AMD updates us with information on the Zen 5 and Strix Point.

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