The Integrated GPU

For all but one of the processors, integrated graphics is the name of the game. AMD configures the integrated graphics in terms of Compute Units (CUs), with each CU having 64 streaming processors (SPs) using GCN 1.3 (aka GCN 3.0) architecture, the same architecture as found in AMD’s R9 Fury line of GPUs. The lowest processor in the stack, the A6-9500E, will have four CUs for 256 SPs, and the A12 APUs will have eight CUs, for 512 SPs. The other processors will have six CUs for 384 SPs, and in each circumstance the higher TDP processor typically has the higher base and turbo frequency.

AMD 7th Generation Bristol Ridge Processors
A12-9800 Radeon R7 512 800 1108 65W
A12-9800E Radeon R7 512 655 900 35W
A10-9700 Radeon R7 384 720 1029 65W
A10-9700E Radeon R7 384 600 847 35W
A8-9600 Radeon R7 384 655 900 65W
A6-9500 Radeon R5 384 720 1029 65W
A6-9500E Radeon R5 256 576 800 35W
Athlon X4 950 - - - - 65W

The new top frequency, 1108 MHz, for the A12-9800 is an interesting element in the discussion. Compared to the previous A10-7890K, we have a +28% increase in raw GPU frequency with the same number of streaming processors, but a lower TDP. This means one of two things – either the 1108 MHz frequency mode is a rare turbo state as the TDP has to be shared between the CPU and APU, or the silicon is sufficient enough to maintain a 28% higher frequency with ease. Obviously, based on the overclocking results seen previously, it might be interesting to see how the GPU might change in frequency without a TDP barrier and with sufficient cooling. For comparison, when we tested the A10-7890K in Grand Theft Auto at a 1280x720 resolution and low-quality settings, we saw an average 55.20 FPS.

Grand Theft Auto V on Integrated Graphics

Bearing in mind the change in the cache configuration moving to Bristol Ridge, moving from a 4 MB L2 to a 2 MB L2 but increasing the DRAM compatibility from DDR3-2133 to DDR4-2400, that value should move positive, and distinctly the most cost effective part for gaming.

Each of these processors supports the following 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

Technically the processor will support three displays, with any mix of the above. Analog video via VGA can be supported by a DP-to-VGA converter chip on the motherboard or via an external dongle.

For codec support, Bristol Ridge can do 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 and the arrangement between the Excavator v2 modules in Bristol Ridge and the GCN graphics inside is no different – we still get Full 1.0 specification support. With the added performance, AMD is claiming equal scores for the A12-9800 on PCMark 8 Home with OpenCL acceleration as a Core i5-6500 ($192 tray price), and the A12-9800E is listed as a 17% increase in performance over the i5-6500T. With synthetic gaming benchmarks, AMD is claiming 90-100% better performance for the A12 over the i5 competition.

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  • ddriver - Saturday, September 24, 2016 - link

    So you are a fascist who thinks some people are not entitled to opinions? I am not projecting anything, I am expressing my opinion. If you have a problem about it, that's your problem entirely. If my opinions threaten to shatter someone's fragile artificial worldview, that's their their problem entirely. Or maybe you are implying that people should only be allowed to express opinions that are coherent with the herd's baaing? Did you see me denying the right of opinions to dummies or anyone? Nah, because it is their right, even if it is mind-numbingly stupid and even if I don't like it.
  • goatfajitas - Friday, September 23, 2016 - link

    Different ballparks entirely dood. One runs alot of fun mobile toys, the other runs the entire business world including every computer and every system in every factory that makes all of those toys.
  • ddriver - Friday, September 23, 2016 - link

    That's not the problem, most people can't and quite frankly don't need to be powerusers - engineers, designers and such are a very small fraction of the population. The problem is the lack of choice - you don't even have the option to use an android or apple tablet for professional work. And the even bigger problem - that this becomes a trend.

    Year after year the entire industry is moving towards the "walled garden spyware milking station" model, I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future owning an open general purpose computer becomes criminalized - because you know... only pirates, hackers, terrorists and pedophiles need it.

    And last but not least, what is perhaps most worrying is people are getting increasingly dumb as technology gets more and more affordable. One would say "big whoop, I don't care about the dummies", however in the long run that's a huge problem, it affects the entire species, and thus every individual member of it. Call me old fashioned, but I think people should, if not get smarter, then at least not get dumber as technology becomes more available and widespread. Today software helps you finish your sentences, before you know it, software will be dictating your sentences. It is ok for machines to do the "legwork" for you - numerous small and repetitive tasks, but it is a very dangerous thing when machines begin doing the thinking for you and you forget how to do it... if you ever knew to begin with...
  • goatfajitas - Friday, September 23, 2016 - link

    I don't disagree with most that... but I don't know if people are getting increasingly dumb... It used to be the dumber people didn't use computers much, and now everyone does. As computer/tablet/mobile usage went up the average computer user's IQ went down, but those dumbies always existed, its just that now they are online and have a voice.... Yadda yadda yadda, now we have Trump. LOL
  • ddriver - Friday, September 23, 2016 - link

    They are being made dumber and it makes perfect sense. Longterm economic strategy 101 - with ample resources you breed a lot of workers to produce wealth, as resources begin to run out you automate menial labor and focus on services to take that wealth from the workers, and finally, using the wealth you produce a military complex to protect you from the workers as they become obsolete and infeasible both as workers and consumers. Being dumb will make it easy to march the general population straight into the void, unable to resist or survive without the system which no longer has need of them. Dumb is convenient - easy to exploit, easy to dispose of. More technology has allowed for more ways to dummify - more knowledge of the dummies, more control over the dummies, more distraction for the dummies from the issues at hand. Everything people do online passes through data mining algorithms, gets profiled, analyzed, and combed for anything anyone might find useful in any way. Including this very comment space.
  • goatfajitas - Friday, September 23, 2016 - link

    I agree, there are a heck of alot of dumb people out there... Just not sure they are getting even dumber. Lazier maybe, but the average person has always been mindbogglingly stupid.

    Just picture in your mind how stupid the average person is... Now think, half of everyone is stupider than that guy! - George Carlin (said long before the vast majority of people had any PC at all)
  • msroadkill612 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - link

    Its sad to think almost 50% of people are below average.
  • msroadkill612 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - link

    Sadly, i concur. Its depressing.

    A way of looking at it via the "property is theft" philosophy is why, w/ all these new marvels, are even the fortunate employed (those serfs useful to the regime), feeling more on a treadmill over a shark tank than ever?

    Our alleged protective regimes have focused more on how to meter mankinds recent gifts (and infrastructure, long paid for by our compatriot forbears), than disperse them free or at cost.

    Most of the great "inventions" and their resultant fortunes were assigned to the best schemer in the group, not the true inventors. Some were unrelated predatory lawyers, & often they were major hinderances to wider adoption.

    The last thing capitalism wants is to remove the necessity of serving the regime.

    To all intents, it is illegal to live simply. You may not build your own shelter e.g. You must take a mortgage for a sale price bureaucrats very actively inflate.

    Free wi-fi to the poor in some areas would cost a pittance to our allegedly caring commonwealths. Instead they hand out monopolistic licences at dodgy auctions, if that.
  • Michael Bay - Saturday, September 24, 2016 - link

    You really have to be braindead or commited ethnic masochist to support anyone but Trump in this cycle.
  • Valantar - Saturday, September 24, 2016 - link

    "Commited ethnic masochist". Did you mean to say "not astoundingly racist"? Because those words you just strung together mean nothing at all.

    Also, braindead? Really? So anyone with a functioning brain would be unable to see the lying, gross inconsistency, thin-skinnedness and general stupidity that spews from the Trump campaign (and his own mouth)? Not to mention the racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, elitism, disdain for poor/middle class people, blatant disregard for the rule of law, due process and the courts, promotion of violence, and willingness to lie about anything and everything to win?

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