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AMD PRO A12-9800B

AMD PRO A12-9800B

The AMD PRO A12-9800B is a mobile mainstream SoC from the Bristol-Ridge APU series for notebooks (7th APU generation), which was announced mid 2016. It is the business version of the AMD FX-9800P and features the same specifications. The PRO A12-9800B is (together with the FX-9800P) the fastest Bristol Ridge APU with a 15-Watt TDP and the successor to the 15-Watt A12-8800B / FX-8800P from the Carrizo generation. The ULV chip has four CPU cores (two Excavator modules = 4 integer and 2 FP units), 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

Thanks to higher clocks, the A12-9800B is slightly ahead of the old 15-Watt top model FX-8800P and competes with a Intel Core i3-6100U (Skylake, 15 Watts). 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.

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 A12-9800B with 12-15 Watts, which is comparable to Intel's ULV models. This means the APU 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 A12-9800B2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9720P (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9700P (compare)2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P (compare)2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P (compare)2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
Clock Rate2700 - 3600 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
SocketFP4
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 PRO A12-9800B

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 222     avg: 225.5     median: 225.5 (10%)     max: 229 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 75     avg: 76     median: 76 (39%)     max: 77 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.47     avg: 2.6     median: 2.6 (11%)     max: 2.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0.86     avg: 0.9     median: 0.9 (40%)     max: 0.9 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 2564     avg: 2592.5     median: 2592.5 (33%)     max: 2621 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 6854     avg: 7055.5     median: 7055.5 (14%)     max: 7257 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3499 Points (28%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
475.7 seconds (6%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
16.5 fps (10%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (14%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2232     avg: 2318.3     median: 2275 (14%)     max: 2448 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 24353     avg: 25657     median: 25657 (16%)     max: 26961 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 25150     avg: 25871     median: 25871 (38%)     max: 26592 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 27021     avg: 27778     median: 27778 (40%)     max: 28535 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2035     avg: 2062     median: 2062 (5%)     max: 2089 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 2739     avg: 2999     median: 3007 (13%)     max: 3251 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
3270 Points (26%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 2151.5     avg: 2155     median: 2155 (4%)     max: 2158.5 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 18206     avg: 18320.5     median: 18320.5 (38%)     max: 18435 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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