AMD A12-9700P

AMD A12-9700P

The AMD A12-9700P is a mainstream SoC from the Bristol-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation), which was announced mid 2016. The ULV chip with a TDP of 15 Watts (can be configured to 12 Watts) has four CPU cores (two Excavator modules), 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.


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:


The performance of the A12-9700P is between the two 15-Watt processors A10-9600P and FX-9800P, and therefore roughly on par with a 15-Watt Core i3 from the Skylake or Kaby Lake series, respectively. Compared to the Intel model, the AMD chip has a small advantage in multi-thread scenarios, but is beaten when you only stress one or two cores. Due to the TDP limitation, the performance of the A12-9700P 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 A12-9700P with 15 Watts, 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
Series: Bristol Ridge Bristol Ridge
AMD FX-9830P (compare)3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9830B (compare)3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9800P (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9800B (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9720P (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
» AMD A12-9700P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P (compare)2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P (compare)2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
Clock Rate2500 - 3400 MHz
Level 2 Cache2 MB
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
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3/DDR4-1866 Memory Controller, PCIe 3.0 x8
GPUAMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) ( - 758 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date06/01/2016
Product Link (external)AMD Bristol Ridge A12-9700P


Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 222     avg: 225.5     median: 225.5 (10%)     max: 229 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 78     avg: 79     median: 79 (41%)     max: 80 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1.92     avg: 2.3     median: 2.3 (10%)     max: 2.62 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0.76     avg: 0.9     median: 0.9 (38%)     max: 0.94 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 2262     avg: 2429     median: 2429 (31%)     max: 2596 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 5148     avg: 6168     median: 6168 (12%)     max: 7188 Points
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
16.7 fps (10%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (13%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3344     avg: 3498     median: 3498 (28%)     max: 3652 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
19.2 Seconds (4%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
979.8 Seconds (4%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2524     avg: 2527     median: 2527 (15%)     max: 2530 points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2283     avg: 2306     median: 2306 (6%)     max: 2329 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 2981     avg: 3124.5     median: 3124.5 (14%)     max: 3268 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 5371     avg: 5464     median: 5464 (18%)     max: 5557 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2062     avg: 2091     median: 2091 (45%)     max: 2120 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
31.9 Watt (14%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
33.3 Watt (14%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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