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Intro

The A8-9600 is one of the new seventh-gen APUs from AMD, using the AM4 socket, with four cores, 3.4 GHz maximum clock, and TDP of 65 W. Let’s find out how fast it is.

When AMD announced the AM4 socket, they said it would support Ryzen CPUs and the future seventh-gen APUs (APU, that stands for Accelerated Processing Unit, is how AMD calls their CPUs with integrated video.) The A8-9600 is one of the middle models of these APUs. It has four cores, 3.1 GHz base clock, 3.4 GHz turbo clock, TDP of 65 W (optionally settable to 45 W,) and Radeon R7 integrated graphics engine. It has 2 MiB of L2 cache and no L3 cache.

However, the A8-9600 (and the other models launched with it) do not use the newer Zen architecture (used on Ryzen CPUs,).  Instead, they are based on the Bristol Ridge core, that uses Excavator architecture, the same used, for example, on the Athlon X4 845, which we tested in 2016. So, the A8-9600, even using the AM4 socket, is not a Ryzen 3 CPU with integrated video, but an older CPU adapted for the new socket.

Figure 1 shows the package of the A8-9600.

AMD A8-9600Figure 1: Package

In Figure 2 we have the package contents: a manual, a small cooler, the CPU itself, and a case sticker.

AMD A8-9600Figure 2: Package contents

Figure 3 unveils the A8-9600 processor.

AMD A8-9600Figure 3: The A8-9600 CPU

The underside of the CPU can be seen in Figure 4.

AMD A8-9600Figure 4: Underside of the A8-9600

For our benchmarks, we compared the A8-9600 to the Pentium G4600, which is close, in price, to the tested CPU. We also included the Ryzen 3 1200, in order to have an idea of the performance difference between two similar CPUs that use the same socket but different architectures, the Core i3-7100, the Core i5-7400 (read about it here), the Core i5-8400, and the Ryzen 5 1500X (review here).

We used a GeForce GTX 1080 video card in all tests.

Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs on the next page.