AMD announced its 7th Generation Bristol and Stony Ridge processor earlier this year at Computex and followed up with the September announcement that HP and Lenovo are shipping Bristol Ridge APUs with the AM4 socket. As with any diverse product stack, AMD also offers products tailored specifically for commercial markets, and today's announcement outlines AMD's release of its new PRO APUs.
The AMD Bristol Ridge PRO (Performance, Reliability, Opportunity) Series leverages the AM4 chipset and focuses on performance, mainstream, and basic use-cases in traditional desktop applications. It also includes APUs for the ultra-small form factors that are enjoying increasing popularity in professional settings. AMD's PRO Series continues to gain traction in the commercial marketplace; the company claimed its shipments grew 45% since 2014, and with the Windows 10 upgrade cycle still in full swing, it will likely see that trend continue.
The Bristol Ridge PRO APUs share some similarities to the consumer-centric models, but AMD added features designed to tailor them for professional applications, such as out-of-band management, security, encryption, and virtualization functions. In contrast to many of the same features on Intel's platforms, AMD is leveraging open industry standards to reduce vendor lock-in, which has both upsides and downsides. AMD also provided performance data against competing Intel platforms. Let's dive in.