AMD has been struggling to keep up with Intel’s lineup of processor family. In the past years, almost all of the AMD processors have been outperformed by the Intel’s line of processors. Now, soon after unveiling its much awaited new Zen architecture, AMD has taken the wrap off its latest 7th-generation A-series processors, dubbed as ‘Bristol Ridge’.
The newly launched processors will use the AMD’s latest unified AM4 platform which will also serve the upcoming Zen CPUs. The launch of next generation of processors by AMD comes at a time when the Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors are soon to be available to the consumers.
This will provide some presence in the market for the struggling AMD to compete with the Intel’s lineup of Processors which will be available in full swing later this month. AMD also announced that HP and Lenovo have begun shipping their PCs with its newly launched 7th-generation A-series processors.
AMD claims that the 7th-gen A-series processors will provide high performance while consuming lower power of only 65W, which is way lower than its predecessor’s power consumption of 95W. AMD also compared its A12-9800 with the rival Intel’s i5-6500 processor, which it claims is the equivalent in terms of CPU performance.
AMD claims a 99% rise in graphics performance for its A12-9800 in at least one of the specific benchmark tests when compared to Intel’s i5-6500 processor. AMD’s A12-9800 is actually a quad-core processor with a maximum clock speed of 4.2GHz and comes with an integrated Radeon R7-class graphics. It is highly energy efficient with the power consumption of only 65W.
Totally, AMD has announced 8 new CPU SKUs, of which there is a low-end CPU with Athlon branding instead of A-series and also it lacks integrated graphics. The Athlon X4 950 is a 65W CPU, but there are also A-series CPUs having 65W and 35W models with different CPU and GPU clock frequencies.
All the 7th-gen A-series processors are built on the AMD’s current Excavator architecture consisting of up to 4 cores. AM4 platform support DDR4 RAM which is key to gaming, and AMD has similarly used this occasion to include the modernized standards like PCI-Express 3.0, SATA Express, NVMe (NVM Express) and USB 3.1. Socket AM4 is also said to be backwards compatible with the already existing Socket AM3+, AM3 and AM2 coolers.
HP and Lenovo are going to be the first OEMs to use the newly launched AMD’s 7th Gen CPUs, yet detailed specifications of the upcoming PC models have not been announced. It is expected that the other OEMs should follow soon with HP and Lenovo in launching their own PCs powered by one of the AMD’s Bristol Ridge CPUs.
As of now, AMD has not revealed any details about the pricing or specifications of the motherboards that supports the newly launched CPUs will be offered in the retail boxed form.