AMD CEO Lisa Su will take to the CES 2023 stage tonight in Las Vegas at 6:30 pm PT to fill us in on the company's newest products. AMD is largely expected to reveal a slew of new Ryzen 7000 processors, including the hotly-anticipated X3D models that use the radical new L3 cache stacking tech to deliver explosive gains in gaming performance. These chips are expected to help AMD retake the gaming crown from Intel's Raptor Lake processors.
AMD is also expected to give us an update on several of its other technologies, like the rumored reveal of a new line of Dragon Range laptop processors, but anything goes in Vegas. Who knows, we might even hear about a new line of Ryzen Threadripper processors.
Pull up a seat to see our live coverage as Lisa Su's keynote progresses. You can also follow along and watch the keynote video live here on YouTube.
UPDATE: AMD has made several big announcements so far, which we've covered here:
The show is still live, so check for updates below as well.
AMD always draws a crowd -- there are currently over 5,000 people watching the livestream with 20 minutes to go before showtime.
The show has begun, just a few minutes late, with a pre-recorded intro video.
The head of the Consumer Technology Association, the group behind CES, Gary Shapiro, is making a short introductory speech to welcome AMD CEO Lisa Su to the stage.
Lisa Su has taken to the stage after a short intro video that focused on the 'AMD, Together We Advance' branding.
Su said she is ready to dive right into the new products that cover gaming, AI, sustainable computing, and other areas.
Su is beginning with AI, which she says is the most important megatrend in tech, allowing us to make predictions about future outcomes.
Lisa Su described the company's new XDNA architecture which encompasses the AI technology that the company purchased with Xilinx. AMD will use XDNA in its Ryzen Mobile 7040 series chips first. The new engine is called "Ryzen AI" and delivers up to 12 TFLOPS of performance.
The 7040 processors, codenamed Phoenix, come with the Zen 4 CPU architecture and RDNA 3 graphics engine. It has 25 billion transistors.
AMD presented benchmarks that show the 7040 series has a faster AI engine than the Apple M2 processors, and mentioned that Intel doesn't have an inbuilt AI engine to compare to. AMD also showed the Ryzen system being 35% faster than Apple and 45% faster than Intel's chips in Blender.
Su says the 7040 series offers up to 40 hours of battery life.
Su said that the company will need deep partnerships to develop the AI ecosystem. She invited Microsoft EVP Panos Panay to the stage to talk about the collaboration between the two companies. He complimented her jacket profusely, drawing laughter from the crowd and Lisa Su.
Panoy discussed the partnership and other initiatives that AMD and Microsoft have worked on together, like bringing the Pluton security chip to AMD's processors.
Panoy demoed some of the software that Microsoft has developed to use AMD's new Ryzen AI engine. That includes features in Microsoft Studio, like portrait blur, eye contact, and auto framing, all of which requires trillions of operations per second. These functions can run on the AI engine at milliwatts of power. This doesn't drain the battery while keeping the CPU and GPU free for more important work.
Lisa Su prompted Panos to tell us what the future of AI might look like. He says that AI will redefine what we do with Windows, but that it requires new compute capabilities and an operating system that blurs the line between the edge and the cloud. And with that, Panos took his leave from the stage.
Su switched gears to talk about hybrid and remote work, with more than 80% of employees wanting to work from home, while more than half say that connectivity issues limit their work. AMD is working on making hybrid work 'frictionless.' Lisa Su called Enrique Lores, the CEO of HP, to the stage to talk about their efforts in this area.
Yes, we're also ready for the talk to turn back to more new silicon.
Lores says that 50% of the workforce will be freelancers in five years. Interesting.
HP announced its Dragonfly Pro laptop today, and it's powered by AMD and targeted for remote freelance workers. This laptop delivers 40% higher Passmark scores than Apple's M1, according to HP.
Now Lisa Su is switching gears to gaming. Su says there are 3.2 billion gamers in the world, and most play on PCs and consoles. AMDs CPUs and GPUs power all sorts of gaming products, including handhelds, consoles, PCs, and even cars.
Su introduced the new Ryzen 7450X CPUs, the first chiplet-based processors for laptops. They have up to 16 cores and 32 threads with the Zen 4 architecture and RDNA 2 graphics. These are basically Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs crammed into a laptop form factor.
The 79450HX offers up impressive gains over the previous-gen.
AMD introduced the Radeon RX 7600M XT mobile laptop graphics. Up to 26% faster framerates than the competition, according to AMD. These come to market in February.
Matt Zielinski from Lenovo came to the stage to talk about their partnership.
Lenovo is unveiling its first Legion Pro Series laptops tomorrow with the 7045HX processors. He says it is the most powerful gaming laptop Lenovo has ever created.
Lisa is moving on to desktop CPUs now! She's talking about the Ryzen 7000X3D processors. AMD is bringing 3D V-Cache to Ryzen 7000 processors. This tech stacks more L3 on top of the chip to boost gaming performance.
The Ryzen 7 7700X3D delivers on average up to 15% more gaming performance than the 5800X3D.
AMD is also bringing V-Cache to Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 processors, with the 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X3D coming with 16 cores and 32 threads. The Ryzen 9 7900X will have 12 cores and 24 threads.