AMD Builds New Ryzen Processors on Zen 5 Architecture for Advanced AI

June 04, 2024 by Aaron Carman

AMD’s two new processor offerings bring improved AI performance to ultra-light laptops and desktops alike.

We're back with more Computex 2024 coverge, with AMD announcing its newest processors, specifically targeting advanced AI workloads.


AMD Ryzen 9000

AMD's new processor architectures improve performance in key sectors, including productivity and AI, for both desktops and laptops.

Consumer processing hardware must be improved to support functional AI models in devices beyond datacenter-grade server racks. With processors that can handle such loads, developers can deploy AI models locally for new applications.

AMD’s announcement includes two new processors: the AMD Ryzen 9000 series and the Ryzen AI 300 series. All About Circuits heard from AMD marketing managers Donny Woligroski and Michael Jasinski about how AMD’s processors can enable an AI-filled future.


AI-Focused Zen5 Desktop Processor

AMD built its newest desktop processor series, the AMD Ryzen 9000 series, on the new Zen5 architecture, which offers high-performance specs while simultaneously improving overall efficiency. Available with up to 16 cores (32 threads) and a 5.7 GHz Boost, the Ryzen 9000 series offers improvements across various workloads, including gaming, productivity, and local AI support.


The Ryzen 9000 series of desktop processors

The Ryzen 9000 series of desktop processors offers approximately a 16% increase in IPC performance, highlighting the benefits of the Zen5 architecture. 

“The Zen5 architecture delivers up to twice the instruction bandwidth, up to twice the data bandwidth, and up to twice the AI performance of last gen,” said Woligroski. “In fact, we’re quoting today about a 16% IPC (instructions per clock) uplift in PCs. It’s a big leap, and we’re very proud of it.” 

The Ryzen 9000 series is accompanied by the new X870 and X870E chipsets, which support NVMe, the USB 4.0 standard, PCIe Gen 5 graphics, and improved memory clock support. AMD will make the Ryzen 9000 series processors available in July 2024.


AI on the Go with Ryzen AI 300

In addition to its new desktop offerings, AMD has also revealed its latest Ryzen AI processor series, the Ryzen AI 300 series. Compared to desktops, which tend to prioritize performance over power consumption, mobile computing requires a tricky balance between power, size, and performance. In the case of AI, which can be computationally intensive, mobile computing requires new techniques to support continued AI deployments.

AMD’s mobile AI processor uses a hardware-based approach to increase dedicated AI performance without increasing power demand. This allows software such as Windows Copilot+ to be integrated seamlessly on thin, ultra-light devices. 


The Ryzen AI 300 series

The Ryzen AI 300 series offers consumers improved AI performance in a small package, allowing integration into mobile computers and more AI interaction. 

The AMD Ryzen AI 300 series includes up to 12 cores and a max TDP of 54 W, ensuring that the processors can be integrated into the smallest devices. It also includes an NPU based on the new XDNA 2 architecture to provide AI acceleration and support for up to 50 TOPs.

“The second generation of XDNA, XDNA 2, is going to deliver double the power efficiency compared to first-gen XDNA,” Jasinski said.


“You can enjoy all these new AI experiences running under the hood. Long-term, it's going to save you a lot of battery life so you can enjoy these new AI experiences on the go.”


Localizing Advanced AI Models

While the Ryzen 9000 or Ryzen AI 300 series may not reign supreme in terms of raw performance, it brings AI acceleration into desktop and mobile computers.


AMD’s Ryzen AI 300 series

AMD’s Ryzen AI 300 series combines key functional blocks in a single chip, enabling a full computing solution for mobile devices that are limited in size, weight, and power.

“These new processors are really going to make this bold, new AI-powered future possible,” Jasinski said. “We're going to continue to push the technological envelope, setting the bar for what these next-gen AI PCs are and delivering undisputed performance leadership along the way.”



All images used courtesy of AMD.