AMD Strix Point Ditches Windows 10: Only Windows 11 for AI Laptops

This year, AMD will unveil its new Zen 5 architecture with the launch of the Ryzen 9000 series. The APU codenamed Strix Point features a hybrid architecture design, and in recent months, ES chips have appeared in benchmark databases and shipping manifests.

According to PC Guide, although the Windows 10 operating system remains popular among users and will reach the end of its lifecycle in October 2025, AMD’s next-generation mobile processors may no longer support Windows 10, focusing instead on Windows 11 and its AI applications. This means that all laptops equipped with Strix Point chips will come standard with the Windows 11 operating system.

Zen 5 mobile platforms

AMD is expected to bring Strix Point to the mainstream market in the second half of this year. It will maintain a single-chip design, utilizing TSMC’s 4nm process. The CPU component includes cores based on Zen 5 and Zen 5c architectures, with up to 12 cores. The GPU section will feature the RDNA 3+ architecture with 16 CUs, along with a 128-bit LPDDR5X memory controller and an integrated XDNA architecture NPU, supporting Ryzen AI technology.

Furthermore, it is rumored that starting with Strix Point, AMD will no longer differentiate between U, HS, and H suffixes, instead using a universal standard covering 15W-45W TDP. For manufacturers, this will help reduce operational and testing complexity, but for users, it will be more challenging to distinguish different laptop performance levels based on the suffix alone. AMD will retain the HX suffix, albeit with a revised definition compared to the past.