AMD Bristol Ridge Geekbench Scores Spotted

In a final hurrah for AMD’s Bulldozer and its derivatives, Bristol Ridge APUs will launch later this year. Coming in just before Zen arrives in Q4, the update will bring Excavator to the desktop as well as introduce the new Socket AM4. Today, we’ve been treated to the Geekbench scores for the FX 9800P. Given the results, it looks like Excavator will be a nice IPC increase over the current Steamroller APUs.

Deviating from the rumoured 2.7Ghz base clock, the FX 9800P in the Lenovo 59AC sample runs at 1.85Ghz. Of course, this could be off given that Geekbench might not be properly reading the clock speed. The chip managed to score 2216 in the single-threaded tests and 5596 in the multi-threaded portion. This is pretty competitive compared to the FX 8800P especially given the clock speeds. Given that we don’t know the cTDP setting, we can’t draw too many conclusions.

The biggest change compared to Carrizo is the use of AM4, FP4 and DDR4. Bristol Ridge will showcase the motherboards and memory controller that Zen will be using and that will be the most interesting part about it. By finally bringing Carrizo to the desktop in numbers, AMD will have a new desktop architecture since 2015.

GIGABYTE Announces the Z170 March OC Madness Competition

Gigabyte is one of the largest motherboard manufacturers in the world and they are no strangers to the overclocking scene either. Many records have already been set using their brand of motherboards and now it can be your chance to set the next as Gigabyte announced the March OC Madness competition for the overclocking community and hosted by HWBOT.org

Whether you are a beginner in the area of one of the world leading overclockers, there is fun to be had, records to be set, and prizes to be won in this competition. The fun is starting on March the 12th and will run until April the 10th where people are encouraged to push their Gigabyte Z170 motherboards and 6th generation Intel processors to the limit.

There are two category main categories to enter, each with three stages to complete. Category one is for Enthusiast, Rookie, and Novice overclockers while the second category is for Elite and Extreme overclockers who take hardware to the next level with sub-zero cooling equipment.

The category one stages consist of XTU, HWBOT x265 1080p, and SPI 32M while the second category mixes it up a little bit with XTU, Maxxmem Read Bandwidth, and Geekbench Single Core stages.

So what can you win? Well, there are a number of cash and hardware prizes for the winners this time. The winner for each category will be awarded a $500 USD cash prize. In addition, participants that submit a score in all stages of their respective categories are eligible to enter a lucky draw for one of three GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboards as the grand prize.

Should want to enter the fun, then you can check out the full details on the official contest page where you also can follow the rest of the overclockers during the event. So, shoot for high scores this March and maybe you’ll walk away with some cash or a new motherboard.

iPhone 6s First Benchmarks Released

The iPhone 6s on paper has a fairly mediocre technical specification with a dual-core processor and 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. However, the closed ecosystem and software optimization provides surprisingly top-tier performance using lower-end internal hardware. WCCFTech’s benchmark results emphasizes this and the iPhone 6s destroys the competition in Geekbench’s single threaded test.

The iPhone 6s scored a very impressive 2446 which thrashes the Galaxy Note 5’s recorded figure of 1467. However, the top-end Android phones regain the top spot in multi-core workloads due to an Octa-core configuration. Although, the Galaxy Note 5’s score of 4787 isn’t a massive leap from the iPhone 6s multi-core score of 4390.

In AnTuTu, the iPhone 6S attained a score of 58602 which falls significantly behind the Galaxy Note 5’s figure of 69,702. Although, I would have expected the gap to be much larger given the dual core setup.

While the top-end Android phones have a very impressive technical specification, it seems the lack of optimization on Android results in smaller gains than expected. It would be interesting to see the performance numbers from an Octa-core, 4GB RAM Apple device. This doesn’t seem likely for some time though and it’s all down to personal taste. The iPhone 6s is extremely expensive when you factor in the specification, but this doesn’t seem to hold the phone back and does very well in major benchmarks.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.