AMD A9-9420 Lower-Mid-Range Laptop CPU

The AMD A9-9420 (7th Gen) is a lower-mid-range processor (CPU) for inexpensive notebooks. This dual-core CPU is faster than more common budget chips such as the Intel Celeron or AMD E2. But, it still lags behind the mainstream mid-tier processors such as the Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 series.

AMD A9-9420 Benchmark

AMD A9-9420 Benchmark

This means the A9-9420 is a good only for the routine computing: web browsing, media playback, or work in MS Office and other productivity software. More intensive workload such as video production will be noticeably faster on the Intel Core i series and comparable AMD chips.

As for gaming, the AMD A9-9420 is equipped with the AMD Radeon R5 integrated graphics. It provides satisfactory performance only for select non-demanding games.

Note: The benchmark scores of the listed processors are averages measured across various devices with these processors. The scores and real-world performance of the AMD A9-9420 and compared CPUs may vary depending on the notebooks' other components, settings, cooling, and other factors. However, the benchmark results are good indicators of the processors' performance.


Here are the most important specs of the AMD A9-9420:

Processor Name

AMD A9-9420

CPU Family

AMD A-Series "Stoney Ridge"

Number of Cores

Dual-core / 1 computing thread per core

CPU Clock Speed

Base: 3.0 GHz, Burst: up to 3.6 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR4 (2133 MHz max. speed)

Integrated Graphics

AMD Radeon R5 Series

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Notable Technologies

AMD-V virtualization

Typical Use

Affordable laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
Mainstream laptops & 2-in-1 PCs

User Benchmark Average CPU Score


Published on October 4, 2017

User Reviews and Q&A

Below you can read and submit user reviews, questions, and answers about the AMD A9-9420. Thank you for your contribution.

Current rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars
  1. 3 out of 5 Choose the right Operating System

    Fruit Tech

    My Dell Inspiron 11 3000 came with windows home edition. It lagged – a lot. My friend suggested that I use Zorin OS – a Linux distro. Worked! Turns out, Linux is a life saver.

  2. Question

    Edmer Sola

    During video call is lagging, is there anything I can do to improve? Or I just have to buy new one?

    • Dan

      Is your Internet connection good? Besides that, maybe RAM upgrade can be helpful to improve video call and overall performance, if you have less than 8GB. But overall, laptops with the A9-9420 are quite basic, so there can be lags in some cases like yours.

  3. 2 out of 5 Not so good even for school from home


    My little brother who still in high school still schooling from home because of pandemic. The laptop after several usage still encounter lags at startup. It took almost 10-20 minutes to start from windows loading until login screen. But if you already inside the Windows desktop, everything will run smoothly (the smooth of A9 of course). Poor integrated graphics performance makes even video editing softwares like Premiere or After Effects hardly to start. I changed the HDD to SATA SSD, but the performance is not changing much, still took time to open web browsers or applications. The DDR4 2133 is noticeably slow compared to other DDR4 in higher Mhz especially when it comes to loading an app or a game. I don’t recommend this processor even for schooling, I only recommend this processor for everyday browsing or watching movies only. (Note: Movies/videos above 1080p will have significant frame skips if only using integrated graphics) (The laptop I use for this review is Lenovo Ideapad with the same AMD A9)

    • Fritz

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Is the ram upgradable? That’s all I need to start looking for a better laptop

    • DYN4MICc

      The ram is non-upgradeable as the max speed it can go is 2133MHz in single channel capped at 8GB

  4. Question


    Is AMD A9-9425 support Valorant as well?

    • Narenthan009

      Yes but with every settings low and by drastically optimizing your laptop into performance mode. etc. Powershell

  5. 5 out of 5


    Thanks Dan for the info! Was very useful when selecting a new laptop

    • denish

      Warning!!!! Never waste your hard-earned money on AMD 9 series (especially the 9425 one). Very useless machine. Hangs regularly even when there is no heavy work you are doing with it. You open two word documents and the computer hangs for like 5 minutes because it wont process your requests. Also, you’l have hard times reading your pdf files not to mention that when you open more than several tabs on your browser, you will have to close them to remain with at most 3 maximum otherwise your computer wont work. I genuinely regret buying this laptop. It is only a year old (but even then, all this started when it was brand new) and I do not receive the value for my money. As someone already said, windows running on AMD A9 series with 4gb ram typically takes several minutes (like 10-15 minutes) to complete the start up process. If you have all that time to wait for a computer to start up plus some more minutes to relax while your extremely light apps hung, go ahead and buy it. I have used the intel one, and I can tell you that the worst intel processor is better than AMD A9 series. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Go buy intel core i3, i5 etc.

    • UnoCabron

      I dont understand why people are complaining about AMD A9
      Like if youre having slow startup Just reinstall windows or Maybe use linux. Ive been using an AMD A9-9420 laptop for 2 years now and it cost me around $250 serves me well. It runs old games pretty decent, And Startup time takes about 30 secs with an SSD. Idk why youre getting performance issues
      And its mind-boggling That people Shit on this APU for starting up programs slowly. Its an ok APU, youre just too stupid to diagnose and fix these performance issues. What i did was reinstall windows, Remove the crap i dont need, Reinstall the Graphics Drivers, And Wouldnt you know IT RUNS FINE. Id suggest you to take your time to Fix your performance issues not sit on your ass Complaining about a goddamn APU that released around 4 years ago.

    • UnoCabron

      Yes its trash but If its cheaper Than A Sandy Bridge intel celery Laptop, Might as well get it if youre on a tight-ass budget

  6. 1 out of 5



    • 5 out of 5

      middle finger

      looks like you LOL

  7. adli

    Did this processor support PUBG EMULATOR ? if support, what best settings (display) for this processor ?

    • M.Ahmad

      this is very weak processor
      althrough it has ddr4 ram still i think it is weaker then core 2 dou
      and about pubg emulater it will give you 20 fps

    • John

      Please do not overestimate this CPU performance. This CPU is far behind Intel Core i3 series in terms of performance, even the older ones.

    • Nisa

      Hi. I don’t know anything about these things and I’m trying to buy a laptop for my online job. I teach online and the company says they want an i5 with 8gb ram but it’s a bit pricey. Do you think the AMD a9 would be equal to that?

    • Dan

      Nisa, this AMD A9 processor model is noticeably weaker than the current Intel Core i5 processors. The A9 can be a good choice only if apps you want to run are very light. Online classes generally aren’t demanding when it comes to the processor, but getting an i5 chip would make things run smooth and futureproof. If the laptops with the i5 and 8GB RAM are too pricey for you, you can alternatively check laptops with AMD’s i5 counterpart – the AMD Ryzen 5 series which tend to be cheaper. Another good cheaper alternative is one of the latest Intel Core i3 processors. They are slower than the i5 but still very capable, especially if tasks aren’t overly heavy.

      As for RAM 8GB is a bare minimum nowadays, so it’s not recommended to go for 4GB only. Also, if you don’t need a lot of space for your files, you should get a laptop with SSD storage (generally smaller but much faster than hard drive storage.)

    • Dhairya

      Just upgrade the RAM to 8gb. It performs very good.