AMD's upcoming Bristol Ridge APU should be faster than an Xbox One

The Bristol Ridge-based APU from AMD will be faster than an Xbox One.

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One of the fastest APUs from the Bristol Ridge family will be just as fast as the Xbox One, according to a new rumor from Bitsnchips.

AMD's upcoming Bristol Ridge APU should be faster than an Xbox One |

AMD's new Bristol Ridge family will feature a powerful APU that will be quite powerful, easily taking on the consoles in providing a 1080p gaming experience, in a small package and price. AMD is expected to launch its new Bristol Ridge family at Computex, so we should expect more details in June.

As for the rumor, the flagship Bristol Ridge-based APU would feature 16 compute units that are based on the GCN 1.3 architecture. The 16 compute units would include 1024 stream processors, which is the same SP count as AMD's Radeon HD 7850. The HD 7850 launched in 2012, and was a great budget/mid-range GPU - if we see this performance in an APU, things could get very exciting for AMD.

This specific APU would be manufactured on the 28nm process, and would be considerably more powerful than the current Kaveri- and Godavari-based APUs currently on offer. Another point is that Bristol Ridge will slot into the exciting new AM4 platform, which will support dual-channel DDR4 - offering 50GB/sec of bandwidth - nowhere near the 153.6GB/sec that the Radeon HD 7850 has on offer.

The 16 compute units might not even be possible on an APU baked onto a 28nm process, so if the rumor is true - AMD will have achieved a lot with the Bristol Ridge APU.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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