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AMD AM4 Motherboards Spotted in Shipping

AMD AM4 Motherboards Spotted in Shipping

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AMD AM4 Motherboards Spotted in Shipping

 

AMD AM4 Motherboards Spotted in Shipping, confirming DDR4 support and the availability of both CPU and APU AM4 products. 

Right now it looks like the products that are in shipping will be part of AMD's Bristol Ridge Family of CPUs and APUs, with will both be used on AMD's upcoming AM4 socket with DDR4 memory. The shipping details confirm that the motherboard will support DDR4 memory and that the CPUs will have a max TDP of 65W, which is a significant drop in TDP when compared to current generation Steamroller/Kaveri based APUs and CPUs. 

 

AMD AM4 Motherboards Spotted in Shipping

 

We have already talked about the rumors that AMD's AM4 Platform could be launching as early as March of 2016, but it was always up for debate whether or not AMD's AM4 Platform would be launching with their New Zen Architecture right out of the gate or if it would start off with lower end CPUs or APUs using older architectures with DDR4 memory support.

Now we have had the chance to look at some leaked specifications of AMD's Bristol Ridge family of APUs, courtesy of Benchlife.info, showing that this family of AMD APUs/CPUs will be using AMD's Excavator architecture and will have a greatly improve performance per watt when compared to AMD's current generation Steamroller based APUs and CPUs. 

 

Bristol Ridge ModelTDPBrandingCore countModule countGPU CUCPU ClockGPU ClockDDR4 SpeedseTDP Range
OPN165W-4284.0/3.69482400MHz 1.2V45-65W
OPN235W-4283.5/3.19002400MHz 1.2VNA
OPN365W-4263.8/3.49482400MHz 1.2V45-65W
OPN435W-4263.2/3.09002400MHz 1.2VNA
OPN565W-4203.8/3.4NA2400MHz 1.2V45-65W
OPN635W-4203.2/3.0NA2400MHz 1.2VNA
OPN735W-4202.8/2.5NA2400MHz 1.2VNA
OPN865W-2142.8/2.59002400MHz 1.2V45-65W

 

When looking at these specifications I know that many of you will only be looking at the CPU core counts and clock speeds, which are very similar to that of AMD's Kaveri line of CPUs, but that is not the only thing that we need to be looking at.

AMD's Excavator architecture makes a lot of improvements when compared to Steamroller, particularly when it comes to TDP, with the top model on our specifications chart having specs which are comparable to AMD's Existing A10 7850K APU, but with a TDP of 30 watts less. One other thing to look at is the Clock speeds of the integrated GPUs, which much higher than their Kaveri Equivalents, with the top Bristol Ridge model having a clock speed of 948MHz, which is significantly higher than A10-7850K's GPU clock speed of 720MHz. 

 

AMD Bristol Ridge APUs coming to AM4 in 2016  

AMD's Bristol Ridge series of CPUs will include both CPUs and GPUs, replacing AMD's Kaveri APUs and their newer Athlon 860K CPU, giving this segment of the market products from AMD that will feature more modern CPU and graphics architectures and much lower TDPs, which is something that is great to see from AMD. 

These products will be coming to AMD's AM4 platform, which is the same platform that will be supporting AMD's upcoming Zen Architecture and will be the platform for both AMD's high and low end of desktop products. 

AMD will be using DDR4 memory exclusively, bringing AMD's memory type in line with Intel's current Skylake Z170 platform and Intel's Haswell-E X99 platforms, which should do great things for them on the APU side given how they benefit from high speed memory.  

 

AMD Bristol Ridge APUs coming to AM4 in 2016  

AMD's Carrizo APUs and AMD's Bristol Ridge of APUs are highly similar, using similar versions of AMD's Excavator CPU architecture and are even pin compatible on the mobile side, both being FP4.

AMD's Bristol Ridge may not be using the Zen architecture, but it is still an impressive looking product from AMD, sporting lower TDPs and higher GPU clock speeds than it's current day equivalent and supporting DDR4 memory and H.265 4K decoding.

One other thing to note is that AMD says that their new Zen architecture has an IPC that is 40% higher than their Excavator architecture, which is also a CPU core design that we have not seen on the desktop yet. Will Excavator be that much of an improvement over Steamroller in any way other than in TDP? Let's hope so. 

 

You can join the discussion on AMD's Bristol Ridge CPUs and APUs on the AM4 platfom on the OC3D Forums.   

 

  

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21-12-2015, 18:31:38

NeverBackDown
Pretty impressive of them to get the TDP down by about 30% while still significantly raising clocks speeds on the GPU side as well as improving CPU performance from steamroller. I'd really like to see an article about how DDR3 and DDR4 differs with APUs with the improvements and etcQuote

22-12-2015, 04:12:21

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Pretty impressive of them to get the TDP down by about 30% while still significantly raising clocks speeds on the GPU side as well as improving CPU performance from steamroller. I'd really like to see an article about how DDR3 and DDR4 differs with APUs with the improvements and etc
APU's thrive on bandwidth so from previous experience Id say faster the betterQuote

22-12-2015, 06:18:58

Kushiro
Whats the fastest available to consumers right now. 3333?Quote

22-12-2015, 06:30:27

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Pretty impressive of them to get the TDP down by about 30% while still significantly raising clocks speeds on the GPU side as well as improving CPU performance from steamroller. I'd really like to see an article about how DDR3 and DDR4 differs with APUs with the improvements and etc
The problem is that right now it is an unknown, but having compared 1600MHz memory to 2400MHz DDR3 with Kaveri I can say that it will no doubt benefit the GPU side.

On the CPU side Steamroller/Kaveri didn't benefit too much from faster memory, but this new architecture might with the new memory controller.

One other thing to not is if this APU has the same color compression methods as AMD's Tonga it might have a lot better bandwidth efficiency as well as having the faster memory.Quote

22-12-2015, 14:48:51

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
APU's thrive on bandwidth so from previous experience Id say faster the better
Yeah it'll be faster no doubt, more of just wondering how much faster. Don't know if it would be really comparable though since they seem to only support DDR4 and not DDR3 which means no direct comparisons.

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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
The problem is that right now it is an unknown, but having compared 1600MHz memory to 2400MHz DDR3 with Kaveri I can say that it will no doubt benefit the GPU side.

On the CPU side Steamroller/Kaveri didn't benefit too much from faster memory, but this new architecture might with the new memory controller.

One other thing to not is if this APU has the same color compression methods as AMD's Tonga it might have a lot better bandwidth efficiency as well as having the faster memory.
It'll help greatly in areas where memory bandwidth is king. Which is mainly gaming applications in a common APU scenario. If it indeed supports the 3rd gen GCN(1.3) then it will support all the new color compression etc that Tonga did as Tonga was 1.2 iirc
I think DDR4 will make this more common in lower end systems because of the enormous benefits and hopefully takes back some of the i3 market so AMD can get some revenue into there empty pocketsQuote
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