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AMD began shipping its 7th-gen A-series desktop processors last month. Now the company says its business-class 7th-gen AMD Pro chips are ready to go.

Aimed at business and enterprise customers, the AMD Pro chips include enhanced security features and a performance boost over their 6th-gen counterparts.

But there’s on very important difference between the new chips, formerly code-named “Bristol Ridge Pro,” and their predecessors: computers with the new chips will be easy to upgrade to AMD’s upcoming Zen processors, which should offer a big performance boost.


AMD hasn’t announced a launch date for its Zen chips, but when they do arrive, they could offer 40 percent better performance than Bristol Ridge processors.

For now, AMD says its 7th-gen Pro chips bring improved CPU and graphics performance and efficiency, support for HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 and support for Windows 10 Pro.

AMD is introducing 7 new chips at launch, including the 35 watt AMD Pro A6-9500E, AMD Pro A10-9700E, and AMD Pro A12-9800E chips for compact desktops, and more powerful (and power-hungry) 65 watt chips including the AMD Pro A6-9500, AMD Pro A8-9600, AMD Pro A10-9700, and AMD Pro A12-9800.

Lenovo and HP are expected to launch some of the first systems powered by the new chips, including the HP EliteDesk 705 G3 series desktops.

via Hexus and PC World

press release

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