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AMD announces Bristol Ridge 7th generation of A-series APUs

AMD announces Bristol Ridge 7th generation of A-series APUs
AMD announces Bristol Ridge 7th generation of A-series APUs
The new generation will bump performance up by 50 percent compared to the previous generation and will ship with the new HP Enxy x360 convertible.

AMD has announced during a conference call its new 7th generation of A-series APUs codenamed Bristol Ridge. The new SoCs are based on the same silicon as Carrizo, but with significantly increased performance-per-Watt and new features like native support for DDR4 and adaptive voltage for clock rate scaling.

The mobile FX A-series promises a performance uptick of up to 50 percent compared to the previous Kaveri series. Older rumors assumed the jump to be less dramatic, but AMD is positive that its Bristol Ridge range of APUs can provide the performance advantages that users have been looking for over the two-year old Kaveri APUs. Our preliminary tests show the FX-7500 to be almost 20 percent ahead of the A10-8700P.

The fabless manufacturer is particularly proud of having prepared its new 7th generation of APUs a full month ahead of schedule. Thus, the recently announced HP Envy x360 will be shipping with the brand new APU as well. AMD will more formally announce Bristol Ridge with additional OEM designs this coming Computex 2016 taking place from May 31 to June 4.

Finalized SKUs of the 7th generation of A-series APUs have not been revealed. Nonetheless, leaks from earlier in the year have made mentions of the 35 W FX-9830P and 15 W FX-9800P as the successor to the current FX-8800P. The higher 35 W TDP chip will supposedly support DDR4-2400 compared to DDR4-1866 on the 15 W TDP chip.

Published benchmarks below show a handful of Bristol Ridge APUs compared to Skylake Core i5 CPUs with GT3e GPUs.

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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Iris Graphics 540, 6260U, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
3667 Points ∼100%
AMD Bristol Ridge FX 35W
,
3477 Points ∼95%
AMD Bristol Ridge FX 15W
,
3207 Points ∼87%
AMD Bristol Ridge A12 15W
,
3057 Points ∼83%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
2646 Points ∼72%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
AMD Carrizo Reference Platform FX-8800P 35W
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), FX-8800P
2753 Points ∼100%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Iris Graphics 540, 6260U, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
2484 Points ∼90%
AMD Bristol Ridge FX 15W
,
2409 Points ∼88%
AMD Bristol Ridge A12 15W
,
2048 Points ∼74%
AMD Carrizo Reference Platform FX-8800P 15W
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), FX-8800P
1992 Points ∼72%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), FX-8800P
1716 Points ∼62%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
1550 Points ∼56%

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-04- 5 (Update: 2016-04- 5)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.