AMD is bringing artificial intelligence to commercial desktops with its Ryzen Pro chips.

AMD’s Ryzen Pro 8000 desktops will be the only commercial PCs on the market with on-chip AI.
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AMD launched its latest generation of commercial processors, the Ryzen Pro 8000 series, for desktops and laptops today. AMD will now be the only CPU supplier offering on-chip AI for commercial desktops.

AMD follows Intel’s launch of the 14th generation Core platform, which also offers desktop and mobile components. However, Intel’s vPro refresh based on the “Raptor Lake Refresh” architecture lacks AI; AMD’s Ryzen Pro 8000 series is relatively consistent across mobile and desktop products. However, not all new Ryzen Pro 8000 mobile or desktop chips include AI support.

If you’ve been following our coverage of AMD Ryzen 8000 mobile CPUs and AMD’s corresponding Ryzen 8000 desktop processors, AMD’s latest chip lineup shouldn’t come as a surprise. AMD’s newest Ryzen Pro 8000 processors overlap heavily with its consumer products, with the Ryzen 9 Pro 8945HS (8 cores, 16 threads, clocked from 4.0GHz up to 5.2GHz) taking the top spot. AMD’s Ryzen Pro 8000 desktop processors are similar, with the Ryzen 8700G (8 cores, 16 threads, clocked from 4.2GHz up to 5.1GHz) at the top of the stack. All the new processors are 4nm parts based on AMD’s Zen 4 architecture.

What’s new?

Some of AMD’s Ryzen Pro 8000 desktop chips now offer Ryzen AI, a competitive advantage that AMD is aggressively pushing. (AMD’s existing Ryzen 8000 desktop series supports Ryzen AI as well.) The Ryzen Pro series now also offers “E” variants, which lower the available power range from 45W to 65W down to 35W cTDP. AMD also touts its AI and performance advantages in the mobile arena. AMD’s desktop chips now also include the Pluton security coprocessor for the first time, which AMD has added to the desktop section; cloud-based remote management features are also provided.

Devices such as the HP Elitebook 835 and 845 G11, as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen5 and P14s, are some of the devices that will use the new Ryzen processors.

Ronak Shah, AMD’s global commercial product marketing manager, said at a briefing for reporters, “All of these processors we’re launching today really push the boundaries of AMD’s performance and efficiency in ways we’ve never done before.”

AMD’s Ryzen Pro 8000 mobile processors

AMD calls its mobile Ryzen 8000 processors the Ryzen Pro 8040 series mobile processors, although its desktop chips are called the AMD Ryzen Pro 8000 series.

If you’ve heard this before, please stop us: millions of AI PCs have already shipped, based on combinations of CPU, GPU, and (sometimes) NPU, which can collaborate to execute AI-specific tasks if encoded properly. Shah says that by 2026, six out of every 10 PCs should be eligible for AI PCs, though the term is still not officially defined. The debate is whether enterprises and their sensitive business data may have more demand for local PC AI than consumers, especially if Microsoft ultimately decides to run Copilot on local PCs.

“No model of Copilot runs on-premises, and no model beyond what Microsoft offers has additional data protection,” said Wes Miller, analyst at Directions on Microsoft, in a direct message on Twitter.com. “This highlights why customers must be cautious with Copilot and understand that regardless of what compliance, data retention, and governance terms Microsoft offers, they will get.”

Most of AMD’s new Ryzen Pro 8000 mobile chips include Ryzen AI (its NPU). Those marked with an asterisk do not.

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AMD Ryzen 8000 Mobile Processors


According to laptop testing by Global PC, AMD’s mobile Ryzen chips typically perform exceptionally well in CPU-specific tasks, sometimes even outperforming Intel’s mobile Core chips. AMD showcased a range of benchmark tests demonstrating how its chips running at 15W power consumption outperform Intel’s Core H series chips running at 28W power consumption.

For example, in the CPU-specific Blender benchmark test, AMD claims that its Ryzen 7 Pro 8840U performs 43% better than the Intel Core 7 165U and 13% better than the Intel Core Ultra 165H. In many CPU-specific benchmark tests, AMD claims that its Ryzen 9 8945HS performs 5% to 23% better than the Core Ultra 9 185H.

However, in Microsoft Office applications, AMD claims that the Ryzen Pro 8840U far outperforms the Core Ultra 7 by an average of 70%.

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So far, there haven’t been many commercially available AI-enhanced applications for desktops. Two key examples are Adobe Photoshop, which incorporates some AI-driven enhancements, and Microsoft Teams, which utilizes NPU for long-duration, low-power AI enhancements during video calls.

AMD’s Shah claims that a laptop running the Ryzen 7 Pro 8840U at 15W power consumption (using a 56Wh battery) can last for 7 hours and 21 minutes during Teams calls, while a laptop running the Core Ultra 7 165U at 15W power consumption with a 57Wh battery can last for 5 hours and 29 minutes. AMD claims its battery life is 13 minutes shorter than that of an Apple M3 laptop.

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AMD also states that overall, its Ryzen Pro 8000 mobile chips perform exceptionally well in artificial intelligence. Currently, AMD’s Ryzen NPU generates 16 TOPS, which is 16 trillion operations per second (a total of 39 TOPS when CPU and GPU are combined). Um, this surpasses Intel’s 14th generation chips, which offer 34 TOPS.

As for AMD’s Ryzen Pro 8000 desktop processors,

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Intel has yet to formally disclose its artificial intelligence plans for its upcoming Arrow Lake desktop chips. But for now, the Ryzen platform is the only desktop PC platform with AI capabilities.

Here are the new desktop Ryzen 8000 processors from AMD. AMD claims they will offer significantly lower power consumption compared to the corresponding Intel Core chips, but with comparable or even better performance.

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AMD representatives declined to directly comment on whether their new Ryzen 8000 processors would make PCs built around them AI PCs.


In an email statement, an AMD representative said, “We believe AI PCs require powerful CPU, GPU, and NPU engines, which is exactly what AMD has been delivering for over a year through the Ryzen 7040 and now the 8040 series.” “At the Advancing AI event in December, we revealed that the generative AI performance of the next-generation ‘Strix Point’ mobile processors, based on the XDNA 2 architecture, will be three times that of the current generation. We believe this performance will continue to make us the leading choice for next-generation AI PCs.”

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