AMD PRO A8-9600B vs AMD A12-9720P

AMD PRO A8-9600B

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The AMD PRO A8-9600B is a mid-range APU of the Bristol Ridge series (7th generation of APUs) with 4 CPU-cores (two Excavator modules) clocked at 2.4 - 3.3 GHz. It is intended for business laptops and features the same specifications as the consumer AMD A10-9600P SoC.

It was announced in mid 2016 and is based on the same silicon as Carrizo but with more and refined features. It is a ULV-chip with a TDP of 15 Watt and integrates a Radeon R5 graphics card (384 shader cores / 6 compute cores) and a dual-channel DDR4-1866 memory controller. As Carrizo its a full featured SoC that offers all I/O ports on the chip.

The A10-9600P is slightly faster than the old 15-Watt top model of Carrizo, the FX-8800P. Therefore, the CPU performance is similar to a Broadwell 15 Watt Core i3 like The i3-5010U. See our Bristol Ridge article for more information on the architecture and improvements compared to Carrizo.

AMD A12-9720P

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The AMD A12-9720P is a mainstream SoC from the Bristol-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation), which was introduced in 2017. The ULV chip with a TDP of 15 Watts (can be configured to 12 Watts, not verified) has four CPU cores (two Excavator modules) clocked at 2.7 - 3.6 GHz (short time 4.05 for single core in our test sample), a Radeon R7 GPU as well as a dual-channel DDR4-1866 memory controller. Carrizo is a full-fledged SoC and is also equipped with an integrated chipset, which provides all I/0 ports.

Architecture

Bristol 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 1866 MHz. More technical details are available in the following articles:

Performance

The performance of the A12-9720P should be slightly faster than the A12-9700P (slower clocks). Compared to Intel CPUs, the CPU is most comparable to Skylake Core i3 CPUs. Our first test sample however performt a bit worse than an average A12-9700P and on par with a i3-5010U (multi-core) and i3-4010U (single-core). Due to the TDP limitation, the performance of the A12-9720P will drop significantly under sustained workloads.

This means there is sufficient performance for typical office and web applications as well as light multitasking.

Graphics Card

The integrated Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) GPU has 512 active shader units (8 compute cores) clocked at up to 758 MHz. Thanks to the better utilization of the clock range as well as faster DDR4-RAm, the GPU can slightly beat its predecessors Radeon R7 (Carrizo) and competes with a dedicated GeForce 920MX in the best-case scenario (dual-channel memory, low CPU requirements). Many games from 2015/2016 can be played smoothly at low settings. 

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A12-9720P with 15 Watts (not verified), which is comparable to Intel's ULV models. This means the CPU is a good choice for thin notebooks starting with a 12-inch screen.

AMD PRO A8-9600BAMD A12-9720P
AMD Bristol RidgeAMD Bristol Ridge
Bristol RidgeBristol Ridge
Series: Bristol Ridge Bristol Ridge
AMD FX-9830P compare3 - 3.7 GHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9830B compare3 - 3.7 GHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9800P compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9800B compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9720P2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9700P compare2.5 - 3.4 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P compare2.5 - 3.4 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P compare2.4 - 3.3 GHz4 / 4
» AMD PRO A8-9600B2.4 - 3.3 GHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9830P compare3 - 3.7 GHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9830B compare3 - 3.7 GHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9800P compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9800B compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 4
» AMD A12-9720P2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9700P compare2.5 - 3.4 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P compare2.5 - 3.4 GHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P compare2.4 - 3.3 GHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A8-9600B2.4 - 3.3 GHz4 / 4
2400 - 3300 MHz2700 - 3600 MHz
2 MB2 MB
4 / 44 / 4
15 15
3100 3100
28 28
250 mm2250 mm2
90 °C90 °C
FP4FP4
Dual-Channel DDR3/DDR4-1866 Memory Controller, PCIe 3.0 x8Dual-Channel DDR3/DDR4-1866 Memory Controller, PCIe 3.0 x8
iGPUAMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge) ( - 720 MHz)AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) ( - 758 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
AMD Bristol Ridge A8-9600B

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
203 Points (5%)
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min: 229     avg: 235     median: 234.5 (5%)     max: 240 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
71 Points (26%)
min: 69     avg: 72.5     median: 72.5 (27%)     max: 76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
2.4 Points (5%)
min: 2.6     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (5%)     max: 2.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
0.8 Points (27%)
min: 0.93     avg: 0.9     median: 0.9 (30%)     max: 0.94 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
2336 (21%)
min: 2640     avg: 2743     median: 2743 (24%)     max: 2846
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
5703 (10%)
min: 7200     avg: 7361     median: 7361 (12%)     max: 7522
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
577 s (7%)
415 s (5%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
16.8 s (3%)
13 s (3%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
1444 (9%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
13.3 fps (6%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
70 fps (21%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.2 GB/s (8%)
0.2 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.3 GB/s (8%)
0.4 GB/s (10%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
1.5 GB/s (6%)
1.8 GB/s (7%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
2930 Points (16%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
19.5 s (4%)
min: 17.769     avg: 19.6     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 21.4 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
43.7 s (2%)
min: 39.771     avg: 44.1     median: 44.1 (2%)     max: 48.5 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
1000 s (4%)
min: 863.551     avg: 901     median: 901.4 (4%)     max: 939.2 s
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
2081 Points (9%)
2761 Points (11%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
21428 Points (14%)
25648 Points (16%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
23396 Points (25%)
24747 Points (26%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
24627 Points (25%)
min: 24457     avg: 27079     median: 27079 (28%)     max: 29701 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
2071 Points (5%)
min: 2258     avg: 2330     median: 2329.5 (6%)     max: 2401 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
2427 Points (6%)
min: 3179     avg: 3265     median: 3264.5 (8%)     max: 3350 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
4436 Points (36%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
3385 Points (31%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
5779 Points (11%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
5660 Points (11%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
5124 Points (13%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
4764 (8%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
1965 (40%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
5002 (8%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
2102 (43%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1991 (31%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
4389 (11%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
2139 (29%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
4506 (7%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
2552 ms (4%)
2422 ms (4%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
178 ms (2%)
min: 146.6     avg: 192     median: 192.1 (2%)     max: 237.6 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
15170 Points (24%)
min: 14783     avg: 16961     median: 16960.5 (27%)     max: 19138 Points

Average Benchmarks AMD PRO A8-9600B → 100% n=23

Average Benchmarks AMD A12-9720P → 112% n=23

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