AMD A6-9220C vs AMD A4-9120 vs AMD A6-9220

AMD A6-9220C

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The AMD A6-9220C is an entry-level chip from the Stoney-Ridge APU series for Chromebooks (7th APU generation from 2016), which was announced early 2019. Compared to the A6-9220, the 9220C is rated at a reduced TDP of 6 versus 15 Watt and also reduced clock speeds. It integrates two CPU cores (one Excavator module with 2 integer and on FP unit) clocked between 1.8 - 2.7 GHz (versus 2.5 - 2.9 GHz on the A6-9220).

Architecture

Stoney Ridge is the successor of the Carrizo architecture and the design is almost identical. Thanks to optimized manufacturing processes and more aggressive Boost behavior, however, the clocks are a bit higher at the same power consumption. The memory controller now also supports DDR4-RAM, in this case up to 2133 MHz. Stoney Ridge is the designation for the smaller dual-core and single-core chip, while Bristol Ridge is the bigger quad-core chip with dual-channel memory controller. More technical details are available in the following articles:

Performance

Because of the significantly lower clock speed, the A6-9220C should be noticeably slower than the old A6-9220. AMD compares the performance against the Pentium N4200 in ChromeOS and sees the A6-9220C clearly ahead. The efficiency should be worse however, due to the old manufacturing process.

Graphics Card

The integrated Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge) GPU is a bit controversal, as AMD states 3 compute cores which should translate to 192 shaders.

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A6-9220C with 6 Watts which should enable thin and light (even fanless) Chromebooks.

AMD A4-9120

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The AMD A4-9120 is an entry-level chip from the Stoney-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation), which was announced mid 2017. At its launch, the A4-9210 is a mid-range Stoney Ridge processor (dual-core version of Bristol Ridge) and integrates two CPU cores (one Excavator module with 2 integer and on FP unit) clocked between 2.2 - 2.5 GHz. It also includes a Radeon R3 GPU with 128 shaders at 655 MHz, as well as a single-channel DDR4-2133 memory controller, H.265 video engine and chipset with all I/O ports.

Architecture

Stoney Ridge is the successor of the Carrizo architecture and the design is almost identical. Thanks to optimized manufacturing processes and more aggressive Boost behavior, however, the clocks are a bit higher at the same power consumption. The memory controller now also supports DDR4-RAM, in this case up to 2133 MHz. Stoney Ridge is the designation for the smaller dual-core and single-core chip, while Bristol Ridge is the bigger quad-core chip with dual-channel memory controller. More technical details are available in the following articles:

Performance

Because of the significantly lower clock range, the A4-9120 should be noticeably slower than the A6-9210 or A9-9410.

Graphics Card

The integrated Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge) GPU offers only 2 CUs (=128 shaders) and a core clock of 655 MHz. More details about the GPU are available in the linked articles above. 

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A4-9120 with 15 Watts, but it can be configured between 10-15 Watts. This means the APU is a good choice for thin and light notebooks.

AMD A6-9220

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The AMD A6-9220 is an entry-level chip from the Stoney-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation), which was announced mid 2016. The 9210 is a mid-range Stoney Ridge processor (dual-core version of Bristol Ridge) and integrates two CPU cores (one Excavator module with 2 integer and on FP unit) clocked between 2.5 - 2.9 GHz. It also includes a Radeon R4 GPU, probably with 192 shaders at 655 MHz, as well as a single-channel DDR4-2133 memory controller, H.265 video engine and chipset with all I/O ports.

Architecture

Stoney Ridge is the successor of the Carrizo architecture and the design is almost identical. Thanks to optimized manufacturing processes and more aggressive Boost behavior, however, the clocks are a bit higher at the same power consumption. The memory controller now also supports DDR4-RAM, in this case up to 2133 MHz. Stoney Ridge is the designation for the smaller dual-core and single-core chip, while Bristol Ridge is the bigger quad-core chip with dual-channel memory controller. More technical details are available in the following articles:

Performance

Because of the significantly lower clock range, the A6-9220 should be noticeably slower than the A9-9410. In the Cinebench R15 Multi benchmark e.g. it was around 15% slower in our benchmarks (see below). The single core benchmarks were quite similar overall.

Graphics Card

The integrated Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge) GPU is probably similar to the R5 with 192 active shader units (3 compute cores), but a reduced clock of just 655 instead of 800 MHz. More details about the GPU are available in the linked articles above. 

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A6-9220 with 15 Watts, but it can be configured between 10-15 Watts. This means the APU is a good choice for thin and light notebooks.

AMD A6-9220CAMD A4-9120AMD A6-9220
AMD Bristol RidgeAMD Bristol RidgeAMD Bristol Ridge
Stoney RidgeStoney RidgeStoney Ridge
: Bristol Ridge Stoney Ridge
AMD A9-94253100 - 3700 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-9420e - 2500? MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94203000 - 3600 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94102900 - 3500 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92252600 - 3000 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92202500 - 2900 MHz2 / 2
» AMD A6-9220C1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92102400 - 2800 MHz2 / 2
AMD A4-91202200 - 2500 MHz2 / 2
AMD A4-9120C1600 - 2400 MHz2 / 2
AMD E2-90102000 - 2200 MHz2 / 2
AMD E2-90001800 - 2200 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9220e1600 - 2400 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94253100 - 3700 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-9420e - 2500? MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94203000 - 3600 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94102900 - 3500 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92252600 - 3000 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92202500 - 2900 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9220C1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92102400 - 2800 MHz2 / 2
» AMD A4-91202200 - 2500 MHz2 / 2
AMD A4-9120C1600 - 2400 MHz2 / 2
AMD E2-90102000 - 2200 MHz2 / 2
AMD E2-90001800 - 2200 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9220e1600 - 2400 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94253100 - 3700 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-9420e - 2500? MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94203000 - 3600 MHz2 / 2
AMD A9-94102900 - 3500 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92252600 - 3000 MHz2 / 2
» AMD A6-92202500 - 2900 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9220C1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-92102400 - 2800 MHz2 / 2
AMD A4-91202200 - 2500 MHz2 / 2
AMD A4-9120C1600 - 2400 MHz2 / 2
AMD E2-90102000 - 2200 MHz2 / 2
AMD E2-90001800 - 2200 MHz2 / 2
AMD A6-9220e1600 - 2400 MHz2 / 2
1800 - 2700 MHz2200 - 2500 MHz2500 - 2900 MHz
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1 MB1 MB1 MB
2 / 22 / 22 / 2
6 10-15 10-15
1200 1200 1200
28 28 28
124.5 mm2124.5 mm2124.5 mm2
90 °C90 °C90 °C
BGABGABGA
Single-Channel DDR4-2133, Virtualization,Single-Channel DDR4-2133, Virtualization,Single-Channel DDR4-2133, Virtualization,
iGPUAMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge) ( - 720 MHz)AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge) ( - 655 MHz)AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge) ( - 655 MHz)
AMD Bristol Ridge A4-9120AMD Bristol Ridge A6-9220

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)