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AMD A12-9720P

AMD A12-9720P

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.

SeriesAMD Bristol Ridge
CodenameBristol Ridge
Clock Rate2700 - 3600 MHz
Level 2 Cache2048 KB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15? Watt
Transistor Count3100 Million
Manufacturing Technology28 nm
Die Size250 mm2
Max. Temperature90 °C
SocketFP4
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3/DDR4-1866 Memory Controller, PCIe 3.0 x8
GPUAMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) ( - 758 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationAMD-V
Announcement Date06/01/2016

Benchmarks

Octane V2 - Total Score
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min: 14783     avg: 16960.5 (35%)     median: 16960.5 (35%)     max: 19138 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
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min: 69     avg: 72.5 (37%)     median: 72.5 (37%)     max: 76 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 229     avg: 234.5 (11%)     median: 234.5 (11%)     max: 240 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
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min: 2421.8     avg: 2421.8 (4%)     median: 2421.8 (4%)     max: 2421.8 ms
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
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min: 3179     avg: 3264.5 (14%)     median: 3264.5 (14%)     max: 3350 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
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min: 2258     avg: 2329.5 (6%)     median: 2329.5 (6%)     max: 2401 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
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min: 24457     avg: 27079 (39%)     median: 27079 (39%)     max: 29701 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
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min: 24747     avg: 24747 (37%)     median: 24747 (37%)     max: 24747 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
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min: 25648     avg: 25648 (16%)     median: 25648 (16%)     max: 25648 Points
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
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min: 146.6     avg: 192.1 (5%)     median: 192.1 (5%)     max: 237.6 ms
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
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min: 0.225     avg: 0.2 (14%)     median: 0.2 (13%)     max: 0.225 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
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min: 0.367     avg: 0.4 (18%)     median: 0.4 (17%)     max: 0.367 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
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min: 1.8     avg: 1.8 (15%)     median: 1.8 (15%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
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min: 415.484     avg: 415.5 (5%)     median: 415.5 (5%)     max: 415.484 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m
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min: 13.008     avg: 13 (3%)     median: 13 (3%)     max: 13.008 seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
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min: 2761     avg: 2761 (17%)     median: 2761 (17%)     max: 2761 points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
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min: 0.93     avg: 0.9 (43%)     median: 0.9 (42%)     max: 0.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 2.6     avg: 2.7 (11%)     median: 2.7 (11%)     max: 2.7 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
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min: 2640     avg: 2743 (37%)     median: 2743 (37%)     max: 2846 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
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min: 7200     avg: 7361 (15%)     median: 7361 (15%)     max: 7522 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M -
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min: 17.769     avg: 19.6 (4%)     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 21.4 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M -
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min: 39.771     avg: 44.1 (2%)     median: 44.1 (2%)     max: 48.5 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M -
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min: 863.551     avg: 901.4 (4%)     median: 901.4 (4%)     max: 939.2 Seconds
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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Reviews for the AMD Bristol Ridge A12-9720P processor

HP 15-bw075ax (AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), 15.6")
» HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review - Review

HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV (AMD Radeon R7 M340, 17.3")
» HP Pavilion 17z (A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340) Laptop Review - Review

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Other CPUs of the series AMD Bristol Ridge

» AMD Bristol Ridge FX-9830P
   3 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge PRO A12-9830B
   3 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge FX-9800P
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge PRO A12-9800B
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A12-9720P
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A12-9700P
   2.5 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A10-9620P
   2.5 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A10-9600P
   2.4 GHz / 2 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A9-9420
   3 GHz / 0 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A9-9410
   2.9 GHz / 0 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A6-9210
   2.4 GHz / 0 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge E2-9010
   2 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i5 2410M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 3437U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core m3 7Y32
   1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Core i5 560M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i7 720QM
   1.6 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» AMD Bristol Ridge A12-9720P
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB
+ AMD Bristol Ridge A12-9700P
   2.5 GHz / 2048 KB
+ AMD Carrizo FX-8800P
   2.1 GHz / 2048 KB
+ AMD Carrizo Pro A12-8800B
   2.1 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Intel Core i5 4210U
   1.7 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i5 4260U
   1.4 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-07-14)