AMD has revealed that its 7th generation A-series processors – code named Bristol Ridge – are coming to HP and Lenovo desktop systems by the end of 2016.
AMD revealed the Bristol Ridge processors back in June at Computex 2016 in Taiwan. These processors utilize the same 28nm Excavator cores that were used for AMD’s Carrizo APU’s – but AMD has decided to take more of an evolutionary step and decided to do some further refinements, resulting in 12% higher energy efficiency while delivering up to 20% more CPU performance and 37% more GPU performance.
Bristol Ridge also introduces a whole lot of new features besides the performance improvements – one of the most important ones being native support for newer generation codecs such as H.265/HEVC and VP9. The chips also come with full support for DirectX 12 and DDR4 memory, making sure they are future proofed for a few years.
The new architecture also spans a wide range of power requirements – from 35 watts to up to 65 watts – ensuring that these processors can be used not only in high-end systems but also in low-power systems as well. They also have a wide range of base clock speeds – from 3.0 GHz to up to 4.2 GHz.
AMD also considers both Bristol Ridge and its upcoming Summit Ridge processors to be “System on Chip.” AMD is basically bundling most of the previously external controllers into the processor itself – much like how mobile processors do it.
The AM4 socket
AMD also revealed that these 7th generation processors would be utilizing AMD’s new AM4 socket design – which means the motherboards that go along with these processors would also support AMD’s upcoming Zen architecture processors.
This helps AMD further future proof the motherboards it’s OEM’s will design and build for a larger consumer base that could upgrade to the upcoming Zen processors next year.
The battle between AMD and Intel continues to rage, but neither are going to give up. The Bristol Ridge processors provide more breathing room to AMD while they work on the newer Zen architecture. Intel meanwhile has also announced their new Kaby Lake processors would be coming to desktops by early 2017.