Australian technology news, reviews, and guides to help you
Australian technology news, reviews, and guides to help you

AMD brings AI to desktops with Ryzen 8

The big buzzword for 2024 isn’t just in laptops, as AMD shows what desktops can look forward to, as well.

The age of the AI PC is upon us, and CES is really showing what we can all expect. We got a taste of that at the end of last year when AI chips launched for laptops from Intel, and just before it when AMD had its own AI-ready laptop chips made available, too.

But there’s more than just laptops in the world, because if you’re a creator, there’s a good chance you might also have a desktop.

While workstation-grade laptops are improving in leaps and bounds, you can invariably find more horsepower on desktop machines, thanks in part to how they can be upgraded over time.

With that in mind, AMD is ready with a desktop class chip boasting AI onboard, as the bigger Ryzen chips get support for neural cores and AI models.

The whole idea of what you can use an AI PC for hasn’t really been determined, but given that this year will see a key for AI’s Copilot capability found on Windows keyboards, you can bet this is the year we see uses for AI beyond simply getting it to make some text for you in the cloud.

And while those ideas have yet to be made available to all, the fact that you’ll be able to run them on your computer (as opposed to on someone else’s in the cloud) will mean systems with AI could have some serious chops and capabilities.

That is largely what AMD is hoping to achieve with its Ryzen 8000G desktop chips, processors that will support up to eight cores and are build on AMD’s Zen 4 architecture, which include support for AMD Radeon graphics, neural processing, and support AI-powered noise cancellation.

There will be four variants of the Ryzen 8000 series, ranging from the entry level Ryzen 3 8300G to the Ryzen 7 8700G, all of which are expected to arrive by the middle of this year.

They won’t be alone, either. AMD ‘s Ryzen 5000 chips will accompany, made on the Zen 3 architecture from before, but lacking the AI capabilities, because not everyone will need this, it seems.

Read next