AMD Ryzen 8040 "Hawk Point" Mobile Processors Shows Nice Perf per Watt for Gaming

Tech reviewer Cary Golomb conducted an evaluation of AMD Ryzen 8040 "Hawk Point" mobile processors, examining their performance in a variety of portable computing devices such as laptops, notebooks, and handheld gaming PCs. For benchmarking, Golomb used the GPD Win Max 2, which incorporates the Ryzen 7 8840U processor, comparing it against devices with older AMD APU generations. This comparison included the Valve Steam Deck LCD model and three GPD models with the Ryzen 7840U "Phoenix" processor. While high-end models from ASUS or Lenovo were not part of the review, a device featuring the Ryzen Z1 Extreme APU, akin to the 7840U, was used for additional context.

The review, shared on social media, presented a detailed comparison of gaming performance, specifically measuring average frames per second in "Batman: Arkham Knight" across the devices at a 10 W TDP setting. Results showed the Ryzen 8040 "Hawk Point" processor outperforming its predecessors, with significant gains over the Steam Deck's performance at low TDP levels. This improvement is attributed to the new XDNA Neural Processing Unit (NPU) integration. Despite both the 8040 and Phoenix processors using AMD's Radeon 780M integrated graphics with RDNA 3 architecture, they outperformed the Steam Deck's RDNA 2-based "Van Gogh" iGPU. The performance trends were consistent across the other GPD models powered by the 7840U processor.


Golomb's analysis highlights the progressive improvements in AMD's mobile processor offerings, emphasizing the role of advanced NPUs and integrated graphics in enhancing gaming performance. The Ryzen 8040 series is shown to elevate performance standards in the handheld gaming market through this benchmarking exercise.

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