AMD Just Announced Its Bristol Ridge And Stoney Ridge 7th Generation APUs

By 11:36 Mon, 02 Aug 2021 Comments


As expected, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) had some gigantic announcements lined up for Computex this year. The company officially unveiled its new, 7th generation APU lineup for utilize in notebooks. The recent family is actually divided into two segments - high-end, codenamed "Bristol Ridge" and low-discontinue - "Stoney Ridge".

Both are based on updated Excavator cores. These are largely similar to the ones employed in the 6th gen Carrizo models, improving even further on what was widely held as AMD's best hold on APUs since the original Bulldozer architecture.


The Excavator updates in question are numerous and cover things ranging from the all-vital DDR4 support to various tweaks in the 28nm Bulk CMOS physical design, as well as improvements in AVFS (adaptive voltage frequency scaling), which all add up to higher frequencies and a quoted 10% performance increase over last year's Carrizo and a whopping 56% over the 2014 Kaveri lineup.


There are a lot more details and improvements, but we won't risk going into too much technical detail. As for the two-tier system we touched upon briefly, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is taking extra steps to create sure consumers can easily disclose the two apart, so as to clear some of the confusion from Carizzo.

Starting with the lower discontinue "Stoney Ridge", chips will carry the A9, A6 or E2 brands with "7th gen" also written on the label to avoid additional mix-ups. These processors will offer one Excavator module, probably advertised as dual-core, with a default Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 15W. Configurable Thermal Design Power (TDP) is still a thing, with the A9 possibly scaleable at up to 25W and hopefully, this time around OEM will start offering assumed customizability on a BIOS level.


The "Bristol Ridge" units will adopt the A10, A12 and FX monikers, as before, with the FX-9830P, as the top-of-the line offer. They will also bear the "7th gen" badge to indicate the utilize of the same recent Excavator modules, but two of them, advertised as quad-core. "Bristol Ridge " models will also have a "P" at the discontinue of their name and will be offered in one of two Thermal Design Power (TDP) presets - 15W or 35W. As with their siblings cThermal Design Power (TDP) is still present and left to OEMs to implement.


On the graphics side of things, the recent APUs come with offers ranging all the way from Radeon R2 to Radeon R7. The number of graphics cores and frequency settings will naturally vary from model to model, but features like Virtual Super resolution, DirectX 12, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Eyefinity and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Dual Graphics, among others, will be available across the lineup.

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