AMD A12-9800 Bristol Ridge APU (socket AM4) review

Sneak peek at new APU series

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Line-up and specifications

As we mentioned before the AMD A12-9800 is the flagship model of the Bristol Ridge series, however AMD is of course planning to release more models. There will be an Athlon without an iGPU, while the A6-series only has two cores instead of four. Only the A12-9800 and its more power efficient, lower clocked E-variant feature the fastest 'Radeon R7' GPU with 512 shader units.

Model Cores Clock freq. Turbo GPU shaders GPU clock L2 cache TDP
Athlon X4 950 4 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz n.v.t. n.v.t. 2 MB 65W
A6-9500 2 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz 384 1029 MHz 1 MB 65W
A6-9500E 2 3 GHz 3.4 GHz 256 800 MHz 1 MB 35W
A8-9600 4 3.1 GHz 3.4 GHz 384 900 MHz 2 MB 65W
A10-9700 4 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz 384 1029 MHz 2 MB 65W
A10-9700E 4 3 GHz 3.5 GHz 384 847 MHz 2 MB 35W
A12-9800 4 3.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 512 1108 MHz 2 MB 65W
A12-9800E 4 3.1 GHz 3.8 GHz 512 900 MHz 2 MB 35W

In the table below you can compare the new A12-9800 with the flagship model from last generation, the A10-7890K.

General
 
BrandAMDAMD
Product nameA10-7890K Boxed WraithA12-9800 Tray
Product codeAD789KXDJCHBXAD9800AUM44AB
DetailsProduct infoProduct info
Processor
Processor seriesA10A12
CPU coreGodavariExcavator
CPU socketSocket FM2+Socket AM4
Clock frequency4.1 GHz3.8 GHz
Max. turbo clock frequency4.3 GHz4.2 GHz
Cores4 cores4 cores
Threads44
HyperThreading
Multiplier42
Multiplier unlocked
Bus typeUnified Media Interface
Frontside bus100 MHz
Integrated memory controllerDDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)
Thermal design power95 W65 W
Fabrication process28 nm28 nm
Amount of PCIe lanes8
VersionBoxedBoxed
Bundled cooler
Video
Integrated graphics
Built-in GPUAMD Radeon R7 SeriesAMD Radeon R7 Series
DirectX versionDirectX 12DirectX 12
Graphics clock frequency866 MHz1108 MHz
Computing cores512512
Intel Quick Sync
Cache
L2 cache4096 kB
L3 cache0 MB2 MB
L4 cache0 MB
Instruction set
IA-64
MMX
SSE
SSE2
SSE3
SSE4A
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
x86-64
XD-bit
AVX
AVX2


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AMD A12-9800 Tray

Socket AM4, 3.8 GHz, 4 cores, 65 W, 28 nm, Integrated graphics

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