Thursday, July 27th 2017

AMD's Bristol Ridge APUs Released for the AM4 Platform in Retail Channels

AMD's AM4 socket really is shaping up to be one of the company's most versatile to date. From true quad-core CPUS (just now available through Ryzen 3's launch through to veritable svelte behemoths 8-core, 16-thread CPUs, AM4 has something for every consumer. AMD is now taking that show further with the release of the Bristol Ridge family of APUs, which includes eight APUs and three CPUs. While pricing wasn't announced at time of writing, the top-priced part should fall below the $110 mark and bottom out at $50, so as not to collide with AMD's Ryzen 3 1200 (although these products aren't specifically overlapping anyway.)

AMD's new entry-level processors will hit a maximum of 65 W TDP, with the top spot being taken by the 2-module, 4-threads A12-9800, running at 3.8 GHz base and 4.2 GHz Turbo. This part holds a Radeon R7 GPU with 512 Stream Processors (GCN 1.3, the same as in the Fury GPUs) running at 800 MHz Base and 1108 MHz Turbo. There are three 35 W parts (denoted by a capital E after the model name.) One thing users should take into account is that the Bristol Ridge APUs deliver a maximum of 8x PCIe 3.0 lanes - thus rendering a multi-GPU solution unfeasible.
If you are going to use the integrated GPU on these, you should probably take note of the supported display modes:
  • DVI, 1920x1200 at 60 Hz
  • DisplayPort 1.2a, 4096x2160 at 60 Hz (FreeSync supported)
  • HDMI 2.0, 4096x2160 at 60 Hz
  • eDP, 2560x1600 at 60 Hz
Codec-wise, Bristol Ridge supports the following (natively unless specified):
  • MPEG2 Main Profile at High Level (IDCT/VLD)
  • MPEG4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile at Level 5
  • MJPEG 1080p at 60 FPS
  • VC1 Simple and Main Profile at High Level (VLD), Advanced Profile at Level 3 (VLD)
  • H.264 Constrained Baseline/Main/High/Stereo High Profile at Level 5.2
  • HEVC 8-bit Main Profile Decode Only at Level 5.2
  • VP9 decode is a hybrid solution via the driver, using CPU and GPU
AMD still continues to support HSA (heterogeneous System Architecture; remember that?), and the pairing of the Excavator v2 modules in Bristol Ridge coupled with the GCN graphics features Full 1.0 specification support. Performance-wise, the company is claiming the 2-module, 4-thread design of the A12-9800 on PCMark 8 Home with OpenCL acceleration scores the same as a Core i5-6500 ($192 tray price), while the A12-9800E is listed at a 17% increase in performance over the i5-6500T. On 3D Mark, AMD is claiming its A12-9800 APU scores 104% better than Intel's Pentium G4560, while delivering the same performance under PC Mark 8.Source: AnandTech
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15 Comments on AMD's Bristol Ridge APUs Released for the AM4 Platform in Retail Channels

#1
Durvelle27
Might need to pick one of these up myself
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#2
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
I believe someone in another thread was just saying how AMD needs some APU's.

You ask, they deliver! :cool:
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#3
TheLostSwede
If the price is right, one of these and a mini-ITX board would make a decent NAS.
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#4
meirb111
this isn't the zen apu , so skip it!
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Them Athlons look interesting too. Reqlly want a review of the A12-9800.
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#6
Basard
rtwjunkie said:
I believe someone in another thread was just saying how AMD needs some APU's.

You ask, they deliver! :cool:
Man, that would be cool if we could hit 5ghz on air with Ryzen...... *crickets*

DAMN!
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#7
ironwolf
meirb111 said:
this isn't the zen apu , so skip it!
Nah, these have a place. Essentially replacing FM2+ at this point with these. I have been waiting for AM4 APUs of any nature for the "family" systems and small business systems I build. Bristol Ridge will work great. I can start moving away from DDR3 and onto DDR4.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Basard said:
Man, that would be cool if we could hit 5ghz on air with Ryzen...... *crickets*

DAMN!
:laugh: ISWYDT
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#9
meirb111
ironwolf said:
Nah, these have a place. Essentially replacing FM2+ at this point with these. I have been waiting for AM4 APUs of any nature for the "family" systems and small business systems I build. Bristol Ridge will work great. I can start moving away from DDR3 and onto DDR4.
the jump in performance is too small to upgrade from fm2+.
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#10
ironwolf
meirb111 said:
the jump in performance is too small to upgrade from fm2+.
Talking new systems, not upgrades, if that is what you meant by upgrade.
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#11
Durvelle27
meirb111 said:
the jump in performance is too small to upgrade from fm2+.
The upgrade path alone is worth the jump. You want see a huge jump in CPU performance but the IGP will gain from the DDR4 speeds, but overall you'll also have to option to upgrade to A Ryzen APU or Ryzen 6 or 8 Core
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#12
chaosmassive
Durvelle27 said:
The upgrade path alone is worth the jump. You want see a huge jump in CPU performance but the IGP will gain from the DDR4 speeds, but overall you'll also have to option to upgrade to A Ryzen APU or Ryzen 6 or 8 Core
just like upgrade from i7-7700K to i7-7740X, so you will have upgrade path all the way to i9 /s
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#13
Nihilus
These will be very fun to tinker around with until Raven Ridge releases. I had a lot of fun overclocking the A10-7860k and these should be even better with DDR4. By no means a powerhouse, but still faster than 90% of laptops out there.
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#14
Solidstate89
the pairing of the Excavator v2 modules
Oh, these aren't the new Zen-based APUs? Eww, fuck that.
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#15
Casecutter
Had this and a couple of modest B350 AM4 Mobo's seen the light of day more back at the beginning of the year I might thought it was worth working up a system. Have the new platform/memory and be ready for a Zen Raven Ridge APU at the begining of 2018 could have worked. Now looking like Raven Ridge is 8 months out... IDK. Paying $110 for this APU and then see it with little to no resale <$50 at that point seems like losing proposition. Given this is on the heels of Ryzen3 I'd rather buy a 1300X and use some RX 550 GPU ($75) or some old thing on the cheap, and have a decent new architecture CPU that is faster. Then when Raven Ridge hits I could move to that and the Ryzen 5 still has some value. I'm not talk gaming more a home system.

Hope someone runs this A12-9800 against a Ryzen 3.
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