AMD Ryzen 8000 Series: Taking Productivity and Gaming to the Next Level

edited March 26 in PC Tech

In January 2024, AMD announced the expansion of its current portfolio, with the view to delivering “premium experiences to gamers, content creators, and everyday users” through enhancing performance and with added AI-capabilities. Among these updates was the introduction of the new and cutting-edge Ryzen 8000 series processors for the AM5 platforms. 

AMD Ryzen 8000G Series: Greater Productivity, Better Graphics 

With the rise of new software, including AI and data processing, users have been craving high-powered machines that can seamlessly handle workflows without interruption. AMD seems to have given them just that. Powered by up to 8 cores and 16 threads, the Ryzen 8000 series is built to endure intensive workloads, including heavy-duty gaming, video editing, and other content creation. 

The processors are highly efficient, combining AMD’s Zen 4 architecture with an RDNA 3 graphics core and XDNA AI engine maintaining a low power draw without compromising on performance. 

At the top end, there’s the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G series with all 8 cores and 16 threads, 24MB of cache, and Radeon 780M graphics. The less premium option is the AMD Ryzen 5 8600G with 6 cores and 12 threads, 22MB of cache, and Radeon 760M graphics.  

Both include a brand new superpowered “Hawk Point” AI neural processing unit (NPU), increasing the NPU’s power by 6 trillion or tera operations per second (TOPS), built to optimize AI efficiencies and improve workflow. 

AMD’s Integrated Solution or a Standalone Graphics Card? 

The avid gamer would point out that an integrated solution isn’t ideal for their needs, particularly when they play games at maximum specification. But for the budding gamer on a budget who doesn’t want to splash out on a high-end graphics card, it could be the perfect solution. 

The 8000 series’ flagship processor, the Ryzen 7 8700G, will have 8 SMT-enabled Zen 4 processor cores with a maximum turbo clock speed of 5.1GHz. On a low game setting of 1080P, users can have a seamless and fruitful gaming experience. 

But how does it compare with a new-gen graphics card? AMD has been realistic with expectations of exceeding the performance of cutting-edge standalones, pitching the integrated 8000 series as an alternative to not having to buy a graphics card at all or as a replacement for an older graphics card, with suggestions the 8700G can outperform the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650.  

Acer Swift Laptops Debut AMD Ryzen 8000 

Among the pioneers to adopt the Ryzen 8000 series are the Acer Swift 16 Edge and the Swift Go 14, both of which are getting a refresh with new AI capabilities

What You Can Expect from the Acer Swift Edge 16 and Swift Go 14 

Available specs for the updated Swift Edge 16 include a generous 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage, as well as a stunning 3200x2000, 120Hz OLED display. It will house the Ryzen 7 8840U and Ryzen 5 8640U processors and bear the same 1.23 kg weight as its predecessor.

 Meanwhile, there are a couple of upgrades on the Swift Go 14, including the new Ryzen 8000 processors and a larger trackpad. It will be available as a 14-inch laptop with specs that include 2880x1800 OLED and three options for processors: the Ryzen 9 8945HS, the Ryzen 7 8845, or the Ryzen 5 8645HS. 

Both laptops include AcerSense key, with new AI-specific features to be added over the year. AI-based features on these new machines include LiveArt, which enables users to edit photos with the help of AI, including removing backgrounds and more.  

What’s to come?  

Much has been said about AMD’s Zen 4 architecture. However, in the latter half of 2024, AMD is planning to launch Zen 5, with even greater promise around performance and seamless workflow. 

Additionally, AMD will maintain its focus on producing AI-powered PCs, with a line-up of next-gen Zen 5 and RDNA 3.5-powered notebooks that are said to improve AI-NPU performance threefold, thanks to a new and improved Ryzen AI “XDNA 2” engine. The future does indeed look bright for PC gamers, content creators, and data scientists alike. 

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About Nikhil Lakhani: Nikhil is a content professional with more than 10 years’ experience writing across different niches from automotive to technology. He has a vested interest in video games and PC tech as well as health and well-being. 



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