At last year’s Computex, AMD had presented the Carrizo APU and for this year’s Computex 2016 (May 31-June 4) AMD has just announced the Bristol Ridge, Accelerated Processing Units arriving to relieve the previous generation Carrizo APUs with  a performance improvement of up to 10 percent and up to 50 percent over Kaveri thanks to the passing of the Bulldozer cores Excavator.

AMD Bristol Ridge: 7th Gen APUs for Notebooks Announced


18 percent faster in 3DMark 11

The GCN graphics unit of Bristol Ridge is up to 18 percent faster than Carrizo. AMD compares a yet unnamed 15-watt APU of Bristol Ridge generation with a 15-watt model of Carrizo in the Performance preset of 3DMark 11. In addition, AMD also figures a pure CPU benchmark, specifically the Cinebench R15 1T with a 35 watt product of a Carrizo-generation. Unnamed Bristol Ridge APU in the benchmark program performs 14 faster than Carrizo. Exactly how AMD (equivalent CPU with actually unchanged Excavator architecture with 3rd Gen GCN) has managed to achieve a greater leap in performance, currently more details remains unclear. But I can guarantee you that a mixture of improved power management, higher clock speeds with the use of DDR4 memory is on the way.

The HP Envy x360 is the first notebook with AMD Bristol Ridge



AMD is looking for a great number of devices with Bristol Ridge at Computex 2016 and we have some information on the first notebook which will feature it. We are talking about HP Envy x360, which has a 360 degree rotate-able display with 18.8 mm thickness and the weight should be just under 2.2 kilograms. The HP Envy x360 is based on an AMD FX APU using the new architecture Bristol Bridge where its strength lies in consumption, what enables this portable 15.6 – inch offers up to 10 hours of battery life. The new notebook may be incorporated SSD up to 256 GB with HDD up to 2TB, integrates two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C supports external graphics card by Thunderbolt 3, a video output as HDMI, card reader, Bang & Olufsen audio and a backlit keyboard.

Returning to the platform, in AMD Bristol Ridge the most important part is its graphics performance, which is compatible with the DirectX 12 API and AMD FreeSync technology supports. In terms of processing power new 15-watts unnamed APU is 50 percent faster compared to a Core i7-6500U with integrated graphics, not bad to be talking about such a difference in performance on a laptop with an amazing efficiency.

It is expected AMD will reveal Bristol Ridge family APUs, along with the specifications (frequency, cache, graphics, etc.) at Computex 2016, which officially starts on May 31.