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First notebooks with AMD Bristol Ridge spotted

First notebooks with AMD Bristol Ridge spotted
First notebooks with AMD Bristol Ridge spotted
Notebooks sporting the 7th generation AMD APU are not expected to launch until after Computex, but Acer and HP have already listed models starting at $799 and $579, respectively.

AMD announced its lineup of Bristol Ridge APUs in early April and it took almost two months before the first notebooks sporting the processor family were spotted online. In particular, HP and Acer have now quietly made available their first AMD Bristol Ridge models for consumers.

Acer's Australian website has listed the Aspire E5-523G with an AMD A9-9410 APU clocked at 2.9 GHz and an integrated Radeon R5 M430 GPU. Similarly, the AMD HP Pavilion is equipped with the same APU and offers DDR4 RAM compared to only DDR3 from the previous generation Carrizo family. Note that Intel introduced DDR4 support with the launch of Skylake in Q3 2015, so AMD is almost a year late to the party in this regard.

Bristol Ridge systems are expected to make an appearance at Computex next week. It remains to be seen whether or not the 7th generation APU family can turn things around for AMD as the company reported deep losses in its latest earnings call. HP recently unveiled a 32-inch Omen monitor with built-in FreeSync and the same company is expected to be launching notebooks with integrated FreeSync displays.



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Benjamin Herzig/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05-26 (Update: 2016-05-26)