AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 “Strix Point” Spotted: Faster than the 7800X3D in Blender

Strix will succeed Phoenix Point as AMD's primary laptop processors

The first performance benchmark of AMD’s next-gen Zen 5 processors has leaked out (via HXL on X). The CPU is a hybrid-core chip from the Strix Point mobility lineup. It features 12 cores and 24 threads, including 4x Zen 5 and 8x Zen 5c cores (4P +8E). The cores have a peak boost clock of 5.1GHz and are backed by 36MB of L3 cache. These will be AMD’s first “true” hybrid core processors as Phoenix 2 was merely a Zen mobile leftover. The same SKU was leaked by ASUS last week with the purported Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 branding.

The leaked Strix Point sample scores 271 points in Blender, beating the Zen 4-based Ryzen 9 8945HS and the 7840HS by 23% and 27%, respectively. Considering this Zen 5 chip is probably an engineering sample, it’s hard not to be impressed. I expect a 35% to 50% uplift (over the 8945HS) from the retail chips at the very least.

The other notable CPUs on the chart include the Ryzen 7 7800X3D (desktop), Intel’s Core i5-14500 (desktop), and the Core i7-13700HX. The presumed Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 is faster than all three in this content creation benchmark. Expect similar results from Cinebench if a benchmark leaks out.

The primary highlight of AMD’s Strix Point is the “Ryzen AI” performance rated at up to 77 TOPs. The bare NPU throughput is specced at 45 TOPs (XDNA 2), but when including the CPU and GPU capabilities, it’s buoyed up to 77 TOPs. That’s 4x higher than the 11 TOP NPU featured on the Core Ultra 7 165H, and 2.8x more than the 16 TOPs offered by the Ryzen 9 8945HS NPU. If you include the CPU and GPU throughput, it comes up to a lead of 2.4x and 2x over Meteor Lake and Hawk Point, respectively.

AMD will announce its entire Zen 5 family, including Granite Ridge, Strix Point, Strix Halo, and Turin at Computex next month.

Here’s everything you need to know about Strix Point and its Zen 5 siblings:

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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