AMD Launches 7th-Gen Bristol Ridge APUs with Zen Compatible AM4 Socket
AMD has officially launched their 7th-generation A-series Bristol Ridge APUs. According to the company, both mainstream and gaming desktop PCs featuring these APUs will be available worldwide in the coming days. For a start, HP and Lenovo will be the first partners to offer Bristol Ridge-based desktops.
The A-series Bristol Ridge lineup comprises of eight variants. The most powerful APU in the lineup is the AMD A12-9800. It is a quad-core chip which operates at a base clock of 3.8GHz, and a boost clock of up to 4.2GHz. It sports Radeon R7 graphics and has a TDP rating of 65W.
The “E” variants in the Bristol Ridge lineup operate at lower clock speeds, with a power rating of just 35W. There’s also a non-APU variant called the Athlon X4 950 which sports four cores clocked at 3.5GHz and a 65W TDP.
APUs aside, what’s more interesting about the launch is the introduction of the AM4 socket. This new platform will unify both CPUs and APUs offerings from the company which means it will run both Bristol Ridge and upcoming Zen based Summit Ridge chips. The AM4 platform is powered by the Promontory chipset stack, and supports the following features:
- DDR4 RAM
- PCIe Gen 3
- USB 3.1 Gen 2
- SATA Express
AMD will offer four chipsets on the AM4 platform: the B350 for the mainstream market, the A320 for the essential market, and the A300 for small form factor systems. The chipset aimed at the enthusiast market segment is yet to be announced.
AMD claims that the Bristol Ridge APUs deliver 17 per cent more processing and 99 per cent better graphics performance compared to Intel’s Core i5-6500.
That being said, the APUs are not intended for enthusiasts considering they are based on the 28nm Carrizo architecture. This market segment is left for the upcoming high performance AMD Zen platform built on the latest 14nm FinFET process node.