Monday, September 5th 2016

AMD Unveils its 7th Generation A-Series Desktop APUs

AMD today unveiled its 7th generation A-series desktop APUs. Unlike its predecessors, the new chips are full-fledged SoCs, built in the new socket AM4 package, on which the company plans to launch its "Zen" processors. The 7th gen A-series APUs are based on the "Bristol Ridge" silicon, and are the first fully-integrated SoCs (systems-on-chip) from the company in the performance-desktop segment, in that the APU completely integrates the functionality of a motherboard chipset, including its FCH or southbridge.

This level of integration includes PCI-Express root-complex, USB 3.0, and storage interfaces such as SATA 6 Gb/s emerging directly from the AM4 socket. Some AM4 motherboards could still include a sort of "chipset," which expands connectivity options, such as USB 3.1 ports, additional SATA ports, and a few more downstream PCI-Express lanes. The amount of downstream connectivity and features decide the grade of the chipset. AMD is initially launching two chipsets, the A320 for the entry-level segment, and the B350 for mainstream desktops. The company plans to launch an even more feature-rich chipset at a later date (probably alongside ZEN "Summit Ridge" CPUs).
The 7th generation "Bristol Ridge" A-series desktop APUs aren't a launch platform for ZEN. These chips feature up to four CPU cores based on the "Excavator" architecture, AMD's final implementation of the modular CPU architecture it introduced with "Bulldozer," way back in 2011. These cores are mated with an integrated GPU based on the Graphics CoreNext 1.2 architecture. You get up to 8 GCN compute units, working out to up to 512 stream processors.
AMD is launching eight SKUs in the series, of which six are quad-core, two dual-core. The quad-core parts with 8 GCN compute units are pitted into the A12-9800 series; quad-core parts with 6 GCN compute units as A10-9700 series, and quad-core with 6 GCN CUs and lower iGPU clock bands as A8-9600 series. The dual-core parts with 6 or 4 GCN CUs are slotted in the A6-9500 series. Parts with quad-core CPU but completely lacking in integrated graphics, are slotted in the Athlon X4 series.
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45 Comments on AMD Unveils its 7th Generation A-Series Desktop APUs

#1
Chaitanya
waiting for Zen and new AM4 motherboards.
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#2
Debat0r
So these are SoCs, but not with Zen cores?
Any launch timeframe?
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#3
TheLostSwede
Hopefully they have a more competent solution coming, as not only do these old/new chips only support x2 NVMe drives rather than x4, but the "chipsets" are really nothing to get excited about. This is not how you win over customers AMD...
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#4
laszlo
soon pc will be one chip ...20 years ago was sci-fi... hope i'll see it finalized in my life :laugh:
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#5
Ferrum Master
The CPU has native USB3.1, the heck I missed that. When was the first time it showed up?
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#6
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
New platform names suck A320 ??? B350??? seriously what the fuck

A = AMD Z = Zen ## = platform level would make more sense
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AMD Zen 9 high perform 4 Am4 socket 0 revision would have made more sense and would have fit in with the current GPU naming scheme.
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#7
Ferrum Master
crazyeyesreaper said:
New platform names suck A320 ??? B350??? seriously what the fuck

A = AMD Z = Zen ## = platform level would make more sense
AZ 940
AZ 840
AZ 740

AMD Zen 9 high perform 4 Am4 socket 0 revision would have made more sense and would have fit in with the current GPU naming scheme.
I bet they will dump the old naming scheme, put these chipsets as rebrand with whole new CPU group with Zen core. To ditch shameful the past I guess.
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#8
TheLostSwede
Ferrum Master said:
The CPU has native USB3.1, the heck I missed that. When was the first time it showed up?
USB 3.1 gen 1, aka USB 3.0...
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#9
Novaguy
Not gonna buy it, but would like to see reviews soon. Really curious about the igpu performance with ddr4 at 2800 and up, as AMDs igpu historically scaled with memory speeds....
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#10
ZoneDymo
laszlo said:
soon pc will be one chip ...20 years ago was sci-fi... hope i'll see it finalized in my life :laugh:
Dont we have an entire pc as a usb stick already?
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
TheLostSwede said:
Hopefully they have a more competent solution coming, as not only do these old/new chips only support x2 NVMe drives rather than x4, but the "chipsets" are really nothing to get excited about. This is not how you win over customers AMD...
Not good enough for Zen you mean? They're not APU's, so I assume they'll work differently. Also, board controllers.
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#13
Ubersonic
The Athlon has a 3.8GHz base and 3.5GHz turbo? I hope AMD are putting more work into testing Zen than their slides :P
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#14
ShurikN
TRWOV said:
Are these 14nm?
Since its not Zen, no.
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#15
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
btarunr said:
first fully-integrated SoCs (systems-on-chip) from the company
Wasn't Kabini the first SoC from AMD?
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#16
swaaye
newtekie1 said:
Wasn't Kabini the first SoC from AMD?
Some of the Geode chips integrated the same amount of functions.
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#17
puma99dk|
Hmm if this is true mby it's time to try out AMD again...
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#18
Caring1
TheLostSwede said:
Hopefully they have a more competent solution coming, as not only do these old/new chips only support x2 NVMe drives rather than x4, but the "chipsets" are really nothing to get excited about. This is not how you win over customers AMD...
These are Mainstream, they have yet to announce the Performance versions.
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#19
TheLostSwede
Caring1 said:
These are Mainstream, they have yet to announce the Performance versions.
[Removed comment as I was incorrect.]
Hence my comment as this looks pathetic.

The word on the "street" is that Asmedia made the "chipsets" for AMD, so the USB 3.0 should at least be better than AMD's past attempts...
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#20
DeathtoGnomes
So with these chips are they trying bypass the old North-South bridge design to encourage more ITX boards?
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#21
Kanan
Maybe they should name the Zen line like that: "AMD Zen 3 XXXX / Zen 5 XXXX / Zen 7 XXXX". No more "FX" please.
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#22
laszlo
ZoneDymo said:
Dont we have an entire pc as a usb stick already?
that's not one chip ;)
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#24
Kyrios74
I'm curious to see motherboards, power consumption and performance.
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#25
john_
The stupidity in this company has become a tradition. 8 PCie lanes Gen3.0 on APUs and only 4 or 6 PCie lanes Gen 2.0 on those "chipsets".
These people really like to shoot themselves.
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