AMD PRO A12-9800B vs AMD PRO A12-9830B vs AMD A12-9720P

AMD PRO A12-9800B

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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.

AMD PRO A12-9830B

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The AMD PRO A12-9830B 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 variant of the FX-9830P. The A12-9830B / FX-9830P is the fastest Bristol Ridge APU with a 45-Watt TDP and the successor to the 15-35-Watt FX-8800P from the Carrizo generation. The 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 2400 MHz. More technical details are available in the following articles:

Performance

Thanks to higher clocks, the A12-9830B is slightly ahead of the old 35-Watt top model FX-8800P and competes with the entry-level dual-cores from Intel (Skylake and Kaby Lake). 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 900 MHz (compared to 758 MHz for FX-9800P/A12-9800B). 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). Many games from 2015/2016 can be played smoothly at low settings. 

Power Consumption

AMD specifies the TDP of the A12-9830B with 25-45 Watts, which is comparable to Intel quad-core processors from the H-series. This means the APU is a good choice for big and heavy notebooks with at least 15 inches.

AMD A12-9720P

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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.

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AMD FX-9830P3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9830B3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9800P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
» AMD PRO A12-9800B2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9720P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9700P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A8-9600B2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9830P3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
» AMD PRO A12-9830B3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9800P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9800B2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9720P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9700P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A8-9600B2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9830P3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9830B3000 - 3700 MHz4 / 4
AMD FX-9800P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A12-9800B2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
» AMD A12-9720P2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 4
AMD A12-9700P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9620P2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 4
AMD A10-9600P2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
AMD PRO A8-9600B2400 - 3300 MHz4 / 4
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 222     avg: 225.3     median: 225 (5%)     max: 229 Points
min: 229     avg: 234.5     median: 234.5 (5%)     max: 240 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 75     avg: 75.7     median: 75 (34%)     max: 77 Points
min: 69     avg: 72.5     median: 72.5 (33%)     max: 76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.47     avg: 2.6     median: 2.6 (10%)     max: 2.7 Points
min: 2.6     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (10%)     max: 2.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0.86     avg: 0.9     median: 0.9 (36%)     max: 0.9 Points
min: 0.93     avg: 0.9     median: 0.9 (38%)     max: 0.94 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 2564     avg: 2592.5     median: 2592.5 (28%)     max: 2621 Points
min: 2640     avg: 2743     median: 2743 (30%)     max: 2846 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 6854     avg: 7055.5     median: 7055.5 (14%)     max: 7257 Points
min: 7200     avg: 7361     median: 7361 (15%)     max: 7522 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
10237 Points (13%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3499 Points (34%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
475.7 seconds (6%)
415.5 seconds (5%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
13.8 seconds (3%)
13 seconds (3%)
WinRAR - Result
1383 KB/s (16%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
16.5 fps (0%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
77 fps (29%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (12%)
0.2 GB/s (12%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (11%)
0.4 GB/s (12%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.8 GB/s (9%)
1.8 GB/s (9%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
3249 Points (23%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
18.6 Seconds (4%)
min: 17.769     avg: 19.6     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 21.4 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
41.1 Seconds (2%)
min: 39.771     avg: 44.1     median: 44.1 (2%)     max: 48.5 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
907.6 Seconds (4%)
min: 863.551     avg: 901.4     median: 901.4 (4%)     max: 939.2 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2232     avg: 2318.3     median: 2275 (12%)     max: 2448 points
2761 points (15%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 24353     avg: 25657     median: 25657 (16%)     max: 26961 Points
25648 Points (16%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 25150     avg: 25871     median: 25871 (31%)     max: 26592 Points
24747 Points (29%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 27021     avg: 27778     median: 27778 (32%)     max: 28535 Points
min: 24457     avg: 27079     median: 27079 (31%)     max: 29701 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 1989     avg: 2037.7     median: 2035 (5%)     max: 2089 Points
min: 2258     avg: 2329.5     median: 2329.5 (6%)     max: 2401 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 2739     avg: 2999     median: 3007 (11%)     max: 3251 Points
min: 3179     avg: 3264.5     median: 3264.5 (12%)     max: 3350 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
3270 Points (26%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
2974 Points (27%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
7151 Points (21%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
6518 Points (20%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
5705 Points (22%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
5326 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
2031 Points (42%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5575 Points (15%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
2109 Points (43%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
18666 Points (6%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
4453 Points (16%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
2073 Points (36%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 2151.5     avg: 2224.3     median: 2158.5 (4%)     max: 2363 ms
2421.8 ms (4%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
170.4 ms (2%)
min: 146.6     avg: 192.1     median: 192.1 (2%)     max: 237.6 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 16552     avg: 17731     median: 18206 (37%)     max: 18435 Points
min: 14783     avg: 16960.5     median: 16960.5 (34%)     max: 19138 Points

Average Benchmarks AMD PRO A12-9800B → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD A12-9720P → 102%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)