AMD has announced its full 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processor lineup which is aimed at productivity and entertainment performance. Previously codenamed “Bristol Ridge” and “Stoney Ridge,” the 7th Generation AMD FX, A-Series, and E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) show major improvements in performance compared to the previous generation, including double-digit gains in gaming, video rendering, and file compression performance.
The APUs come equipped with features like DirectX 12, AMD FreeSync and AMD Dual Graphics technologies. They feature AMD Advanced Power Management (APM) technology that boosts performance to accomplish powerful computing tasks. The new APUs allow supports Ultra HD 4K video resolution, with AMD FreeSync Technology support for fluid, artifact-free eSports-style gaming performance. The 7th Generation AMD A-Series processors support the Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update which is expected later this year.
The A-Series processors will allow faster performance and energy efficient battery life for notebooks. The entire line of 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors feature mobile-optimized “Excavator” CPU cores, built-in Radeon graphics with some models offering up to Radeon R7 graphics – for smooth eSports gaming and enhanced HD streaming capabilities. The “Bristol Ridge” lineup consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while “Stoney Ridge” processors include 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 configurations.
Next up, the A-Series processors deliver smooth multitasking, fast start-up times, and premium video streaming and playback features, all with superb power efficiency. AMD delivers up to 53% higher graphics performance and up to 51% higher compute performance compared to the Intel Core i7. Improved energy efficiency allows the 7th Generation AMD FX 9800P processor to consume up to 12% less power in productivity workloads compared to the previous generation AMD FX-8800P APU.
The new 7th Generation AMD A9, A6, and E2 processors, AMD brings high-performance “Excavator” cores and premium video playback processing to this segment, which represents 26% of all PCs sold annually. This enables consumers to get more done, manage more complex tasks, and enjoy more immersive video streaming and playback. Improved GCN cores enable optimal graphics performance and breathtaking image quality. The transition to “Excavator” cores delivers up to 50% faster CPU core performance over the previous generations.
The new AMD A9 APU provide up to 27% faster graphics performance than the Intel Pentium-4405U and even rivaling the Intel i3-6100U with competitive graphics and system performance, but with up to 1.2 GHz faster CPU speed.
Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business, AMD said,
At AMD, we are inspired to make every second people use their PC more immersive, productive, and energy efficient. We love the PC, and we show it in the compelling mobile experiences made possible by our 7th Generation AMD FX™ and A-Series Processors, which are the culmination of our ongoing pursuit of leadership graphics and computing capabilities in the most energy efficient processor designs.