The upcoming Ryzen 8040 series by AMD will consist of nine distinct SKUs, including five 8040HS models and four 8040U parts. Dubbed Hawk Point and originating from Phoenix, this latest series will incorporate the Zen4 CPU and RDNA3 GPU architectures. Noteworthy is the enhancement to the Ryzen AI core, now termed NPU (Neural Processing Unit).
At the forefront of the Hawk Point series is the Ryzen 9 8945HS, showcasing 8 cores and 16 threads. With a boost clock reaching up to 5.2 GHz, it remains in line with its Phoenix forerunner. The configurable TDP for this model spans from 35W to 54W. Housing the Radeon 780M RDNA3 graphics with 12 Compute Units, this processor takes a slight step down with a boost clock 100 MHz lower in the case of the Ryzen 7 8845HS, while maintaining the same targeted TDP range.
AMD is set to introduce three subseries within the Hawk Point lineup. The key distinction between the xx45HS and xx40HS components lies in the latter’s lower configurable TDP, spanning from 20 to 30W. For instance, the Ryzen 7 8840HS shares identical boost clock specifications with the 8845HS but targets lower TDPs. While adjustments to base clocks and potentially GPU clocks are anticipated, the official chart currently lacks these specific details.
Broadening its product lineup, AMD is poised to unveil the Ryzen 5 8645HS and 8640HS, each boasting 6 cores and 12 threads. With boost clocks set at 5.0 GHz and 4.9 GHz, respectively, these processors feature integrated Radeon 760M graphics and cater to distinct TDP ranges, specifically 35-54W for the xx45HS and 20-30W for the xx40HS.
The Ryzen 8040U series functioning within a TDP range of 15 to 30W, choices will be offered in 8-core, 6-core, and 4-core setups. It’s worth highlighting that the Ryzen 5 8540U and 8440U lack the XDNA NPU, signifying their foundation on the updated Phoenix2 die, which omits this specific processing unit.
AMD has confirmed that the Ryzen 8040 XDNA NPU is poised to deliver enhanced performance in comparison to the 7040 series, elevating from 10 TOPS (Trillion Operations Per Second) to 16 TOPS. This results in a notable 40% boost in generative AI workloads, as observed in applications like Meta’s Llama2 or Vision Models.
AMD has officially announced the launch of the Ryzen 8040 series in the first quarter of 2024, although the exact date remains unspecified. Notably, leaked information has confirmed that the series is already in transit to partners.