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AMD A9-9420e vs AMD A4-9120 vs AMD A4-9120C

AMD A9-9420e

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The AMD A9-9420e is an entry-level chip from the Stoney-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation). It was first found in the Dell Inspiron 3000 with passive cooling and 4 GB DDR4 RAM. The performance in that device was way below the normal A9-9420 as the clock speed only reached up to 2,5 GHz. It also includes a Radeon R5 GPU with 192 shaders 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:

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A9-9420 between 10-25 Watts, but the passively cooled A9-9420e should be positioned lower than 9 Watt.

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 A4-9120C

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The AMD A4-9120C is an entry-level chip from the Stoney-Ridge APU series for Chromebooks and entry level laptops (7th APU generation from 2016), which was announced early 2019. It is based on the similar named A4-9120 from 2016 but with a reduced TDP (6 versus 15 Watt) and reduced clock speeds of 1.6 - 2.4 GHz (compared to 2.2 - 2.5 GHz). Both CPUs integrate two CPU cores (one Excavator module with 2 integer and on FP unit).

It also includes a Radeon R4 GPU with 192 shaders at 600 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 speed, the A4-9120C should be noticeably slower than the old A4-9120. AMD compares the A4-9120C with the Celeron N3350 in ChromeOS and sees a significant performance advantage for the A4. The efficiency however should be clearly worse as the A4-9120C is still manufactured in 28nm.

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A4-9120C with 6 Watts which should enable thin and light Chromebooks (even fanless).

ModelAMD A9-9420eAMD A4-9120AMD A4-9120C
SeriesAMD Bristol RidgeAMD Bristol RidgeAMD Bristol Ridge
CodenameStoney RidgeStoney RidgeStoney Ridge
Series: Bristol Ridge Stoney Ridge
AMD A9-94253.1 - 3.7 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-9420e « - 2.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94203 - 3.6 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94102.9 - 3.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92252.6 - 3.1 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92202.5 - 2.9 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-9220C1.8 - 2.7 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92102.4 - 2.8 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A4-91202.2 - 2.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A4-9120C1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD E2-90102 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD E2-90001.8 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-9220e1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94253.1 - 3.7 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-9420e - 2.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94203 - 3.6 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94102.9 - 3.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92252.6 - 3.1 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92202.5 - 2.9 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-9220C1.8 - 2.7 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92102.4 - 2.8 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A4-9120 « 2.2 - 2.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A4-9120C1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD E2-90102 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD E2-90001.8 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-9220e1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94253.1 - 3.7 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-9420e - 2.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94203 - 3.6 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A9-94102.9 - 3.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92252.6 - 3.1 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92202.5 - 2.9 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-9220C1.8 - 2.7 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-92102.4 - 2.8 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A4-91202.2 - 2.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A4-9120C « 1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD E2-90102 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD E2-90001.8 - 2.2 GHz2 / 2 cores
AMD A6-9220e1.6 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2 cores
Clock <=2500? MHz2200 - 2500 MHz1600 - 2400 MHz
L2 Cache1 MB1 MB1 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 22 / 22 / 2
Transistors1200 Million1200 Million1200 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm28 nm
Die Size124.5 mm2124.5 mm2124.5 mm2
max. Temp.90 °C90 °C
SocketBGABGABGA
FeaturesSingle-Channel DDR4-2133?, Virtualization,Single-Channel DDR4-2133, Virtualization,Single-Channel DDR4-2133, Virtualization,
iGPUAMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge) ( - 655 MHz)AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge) ( - 600 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
L1 Cache160 KB160 KB
TDP10-15 Watt6 Watt
Manufacturerproducts.amd.com

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
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