GPD confirms that all handheld products will be updated to AMD Ryzen 7 8840U APU

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GPD has verified on X/Twitter the speculations that went around recently about their goods using a Ryzen 7 8840U processor. The company confirms that its existing products will upgrade to a newer AMD APU.

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12 RDNA3 Compute Units and 8 Zen4 cores make up the Ryzen 7 8840U. This low-power APU is intended for lightweight devices, but it is also widely employed by manufacturers of handheld gaming systems—that is, by people without access to the Ryzen Z1 series. The 8840U is just a rebranded Ryzen 7 7840U APU on paper, but it has a 60% faster XDNA1 AI core. The important thing here is that the effect on gaming performance will be negligible, if any.

The specific models that jump from the 7840U to the 8840U are the following:
  • GPD Win Mini 2023 (7840U/7640U) → WIN Max Mini 2024 (8840U)
  • GPD WIN Max 2 2023 (7840U/7640U) → WIN Max 2 2024 (8840U)
  • GPD WIN 4 2023 (7840U/7640U) → WIN 4 2024 (8840U)
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In addition, ITHome reports that this update will occur concurrently for all three models and that, in addition to the 8840U modification, the Win Mini will also receive a "major hardware update." Although GPD has not yet confirmed, 7640U computers will receive the 8640U update—at the very least, the 8-core version will.

The Ryzen 8040 series is essentially the same as the 7040 series, despite the fact that it represents a generational jump. There aren't any updated or new architectural elements. The frequencies of the corresponding 7040 and 8040 models are also the same, hence there is no gaming advantage between the 8840U and the 7840U. Between the Ryzen 8040 and Ryzen 7040, the only real difference is the speed of the neural processing unit (NPU), which has increased by 60% due to a higher clock speed.

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Following AYANEO, GPD is a portable manufacturer that has confirmed that its 2024 devices would be updated to the Ryzen 8840U APU. For the time being, AYANEO Flip will be available in both 7840U and 8840U SKUs.

ITHome also mentions that GPD plans to release more handheld devices in the upcoming year, though it's not clear if they'll all have Ryzen 8040 processors. It is possible that GPD has plans to use Intel's recently released Meteor Lake CPUs, which have strong AI capabilities and excellent graphics performance, but they are not as efficient as Ryzen 7040 and 8040 APUs at lower TDPs that are typical for handhelds.
 

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