AMD A12-9800 Overclocked to 4.8 GHz

Subject: Processors | September 27, 2016 - 07:01 AM |
Tagged: overclock, Bristol Ridge, amd

Update 9/27 @ 5:10pm: Added a link to Anandtech's discussion of Bristol Ridge. It was mentioned in the post, but I forgot to add the link itself when I transfered it to the site. The text is the same, though.

While Zen is nearing release, AMD has launched the AM4 platform with updated APUs. They will be based on an updated Excavator architecture, which we discussed during the Carrizo launch in mid-2015. Carrizo came about when AMD decided to focus heavily on the 15W and 35W power targets, giving the best possible experience for that huge market of laptops, in the tasks that those devices usually encounter, such as light gaming and media consumption.

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Image Credit: NAMEGT via HWBot

Bristol Ridge, instead, focuses on the 35W and 65W thermal points. This will be targeted more at OEMs who want to release higher-performance products in the holiday time-frame, although consumers can purchase it directly, according to Anandtech, later in the year. I'm guessing it won't be pushed too heavily to DIY users, though, because they know that those users know Zen is coming.

It turns out that overclockers already have their hands on it, though, and it seems to take a fairly high frequency. NAMEGT, from South Korea, uploaded a CPU-Z screenshot to HWBot that shows the 28nm, quad-core part clocked at 4.8 GHz. The included images claim that this was achieved on air, using AMD's new stock “Wraith” cooler.

Source: HWBot

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September 27, 2016 | 08:02 AM - Posted by Cyclops


They Overclocked it to 4.8 GHz and didn't run Cinebench?

September 27, 2016 | 08:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They did, check his profile at the HWBOT site for more of his test runs

September 27, 2016 | 10:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Check the Cinebench scores are there.

September 27, 2016 | 08:15 AM - Posted by JohnGR

(In case you are preparing an article about the following stuff, just delete my post)

Some new photos of retail Gigabyte AM4 board. At least we know that AM2+/3+ coolers will work with AM4.

also they where talking about another Gigabyte model here

and also some info that was posted by a reddit user


Let me translate again since I'm a Korean

They designed this motherboard with thoughts of supporting Zen later, so PCIe x16 is wired for PCIe x16 while Bristol Ridge only provides x8.

4+3 Phase power, quite beefy for 65W solution

Crossfire/SLI support is unconfirmed, but x16/x4 Crossfire for Zen will be on the board

Uses same mounting holes as AM3+/FM2+ socket, so Wraith cooler is compatible.

Initial BIOS only supports upto 2400MHz, unlike the previous information which was thought to support 3000MHz, this may have to do with this motherboard having engineering sample chipset.

To be released at end of September starting availability in South Korea"

September 27, 2016 | 09:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh man I hope the legacy cooler mounting turns out to be true.

Thanks for posting that!

September 27, 2016 | 04:39 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Thanks John.

September 27, 2016 | 10:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD needs to offer its best chipsets to motherboard makers ASAP! There are plenty of folks that would buy this APU and pair it with a top end AM4 X370 based motherboard for the ability to upgrade to an 8 core Zen SKU when the Zen CPUs become available. I love to start with an A12-9800 and an X370/AM4 motherboard and maybe one RX 480, with the option to go with some Zen/Vega options later on. So the motherboard makers will sell plenty of X370/AM4 motherboards even before any 8 core Zen SKUs where available. The A12-9800 should be able to be used with a X370/AM4 motherboard? So it should be just a matter of changing the motherboard's UEFI/BIOS on the home system bulider version of the X370/AM4 motherboard for use with Zen.

I'll bet that when Zen is available for purchase that it will be in short supply for some time! So at least users could be using the A12-9800 and overclocking until the Zen SKUs are obtainable.

"This will be targeted more at OEMs who want to release higher-performance products in the holiday time-frame, although consumers can purchase it directly, according to Anandtech, later in the year."

It's just that the OEMs probably bought up all of the available first supplies of the A12-9800 to try and get their OEM(gimped) PC versions sold to the unschooled users. I'll wait for the motherboard makers SKUs for the home system builder market. AMD probably had these OEM deals lined up, but F--K the OEMs/Laptop OEMs for all their PC/laptop gimping with the Carrizo/mobile and BR PC/mobile versions. The PC/Laptop OEMs would have done this holiday time-frame or not to force buyers to purchase their gimped crap to get at the newer APU SKUs.

"An Anecdotal Musing of Brick and Mortar AMD Notebook Offerings"

September 27, 2016 | 03:56 PM - Posted by agello (not verified)

nice! you dont need a benchmark to prove anything. it runs at 4.8 and works. half of us dont run a pc like the benchmark taxes the cpu anyway.

September 27, 2016 | 04:06 PM - Posted by quest4glory

Here's the thing about the most recent AMD desktop processors. They're really fast for daily use. If you're not a video editor (or high-end photo) or playing games, these things scream. If you are, they still scream at boot, to the desktop and through daily office usage.

But the issue is, they don't meet the bar for those edge use cases, so the only real benefit to the average user is the ability to take one of these die shrunk designs and embed it into a smaller form factor, or an existing small form factor with ~30W less heat to dissipate.

OK, I guess, but not a part for enthusiasts unless they just want a nice compact Steam Machine, streaming box / HTPC that's not also serving double duty as a media server.

September 27, 2016 | 04:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Are there currently any OEM Steam Machines with the A12-9800 and maybe an RX 480, or RX 470, GPU? Or maybe any botqueue system builders making any Steam OS Based systems that can run out of the box and that are able to be updated? I'll be looking for plenty of Steam OS/Vulkan API testing for maybe some very affordable HTPC types of systems.

September 28, 2016 | 03:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Look at this Scott, what do you think? The 600E comes with the Hexagon DSP. There is more open drivers.

"You can now buy bare Snapdragon SoCs with 410E and 600E"

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