AMD Bristol Ridge Benchmarks Show 23% Improvement Over The Predecessor
AMD recently unveiled their next generation Bristol Ridge APUs, which are set to debut on mobile first as the 7th generation A-Series and FX-Series APUs.
The upcoming family of APUs is aimed at slim mobile machines including ultra-thin laptops, convertible tablets, and all-in-one desktops. In fact, AMD has already partnered up with HP to launch a new iteration of the Envy x360 laptop based on the new chip.
Built on the existing 28nm process, AMD Bristol Ridge APUs feature four Excavator x86 CPU cores, 512 GCN GPU cores, an integrated Southbridge, and DDR4 memory controller. AMD claims the new APUs – which will en route to the desktop platform, in the AM4 package – are designed to offer an “outstanding energy efficiency.”
The chip maker has released a variety of performance benchmarks in the footnotes of its slide deck, forecasting a 23% improvement in 3DMark scores, and a 5% improvement in PCMark 8v2.
While Bristol Ridge, as a whole, is very similar to the prior mobile APU Carrizo, the performance boost over the previous-gen comes mostly from its access to a DDR4 memory controller, which gives the APU an increased bandwidth of 50GB/sec.
Further, AMD claims this hike in power will provide a 4K-equivalent resolutions in games, even when users are on a 1080p display with simulated 4K provided through AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution feature.
As for the launch, AMD will hold out the Bridge Ridge APUs until Computex 2016, which kickstarts on May 31 to June 4 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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