7th generation AMD APUs announced at Computex

By: Vamien McKalin
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AMD is looking to compete in the CPU market more effectively against Intel and ARM with the announcement of its 7th generation Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) codenamed “Bristol Ridge” and “Stoney Ridge.” We understand these APUs show significant performance improvements over the current models, though we are not certain by how far.

When it comes down to gaming, file compression and video editing, the new APUs should deliver double digit gains over the current models. Not to mention, these new processors come with Microsoft DirectX 12 support, so some current and future video games should perform much better.

The new APUs will also support features such as AMD FreeSync and AMD Dual Graphics technologies. Furthermore, we understand AMD Advanced Power Management (APM) is there to boost performance for those needy programs.

Here’s what AMD had to say via the company’s blog:

Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the full line of 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors feature mobile-optimized “Excavator” x86 CPU cores for high-speed computing, plus built-in Radeon graphics – with some models offering up to Radeon R7 graphics – for smooth eSports gaming and enhanced HD streaming capabilities. The “Bristol Ridge” lineup consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while “Stoney Ridge” processors include 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 configurations.

AMD has been experiencing good enough success with its APU line of CPUs in recent years. Several laptops and desktops were launched with these APUs at the base and so far, consumers have been showing their appreciation.

They are nowhere on the same level when compared to what Intel is doing, but they are inexpensive and provide enough processor speed and graphical fidelity to keep folks happy.

In terms of playing video games, we would recommend going for older and less demanding games. Furthermore, do not expect to play many titles at 1080p and 60 frames per second because that’s not going to work one bit. Not long ago AMD released a software update that should help with improving the performance of the hit new video game, Overwatch.

There have also been an update for the Crimson driver that supports Battleborn. For your information, Overwatch is a much better video game than Battleborn.

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