AMD Ryzen 7040U CPUs bring cutting-edge performance to ultraportable laptops

From PC World: AMD announced four new processors within its Ryzen Mobile 7040 series, taking more steps toward what AMD believes will eventually be a future full of artificial intelligence-enhanced PCs powered by its XDNA AI architecture.

Two of these new chips include Ryzen AI, hardware AI logic supported by new instructions. That said, you’ll want to buy laptops based upon new chips for what they can deliver now, more than for their potential for AI in the future. And AMD’s latest laptop processors look to pack plenty of punch. These new 7040U processors wield not only AMD’s latest Zen 4 compute cores, but also powerful integrated Radeon graphics based on the same RDNA 3 architecture found in the latest and greatest Radeon graphics cards.

AMD’s new processors plug a small hole in the complicated mosaic of mobile Ryzen processors AMD announced this January at CES, specifically the Ryzen 7040 Mobile series, or “Phoenix.” AMD announced two families of Phoenix parts in January, detailing the 7040HS series for “elite ultrathin” notebooks. Those are beginning to arrive on retail shelves. These new versions, the Ryzen Mobile 7040U processors, are aimed at lower-power (15-30W) notebooks instead.

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