Apple A10X Fusion vs Apple A10 Fusion

Apple A10X Fusion

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The Apple A10X Fusion is a system on a chip (SoC) from Apple that is built into the 2017 iPad Pro models. It integrates six 64 Bit cores that are divided in two clusters. Three high performance cores are clocked at up to 2.39 GHz. The three power saving cores are used for non demanding tasks. It looks like only one of both clusters is able to run at a time (therefore the apps see only three cores). The principle is similar to the first generation of ARMs big.LITTLE concept.

The performance of the SoC is positioned in the high and and clearly faster than all previous Apple SoCs. Even compared to Android high-end SoCs like the Snapdragon 835, the A10X takes the lead (e.g. in Geekbench or Antutu).

The integrated graphics card of the SoC will most likely stem from PowerVR (again) and features 12 cores instead of 6 in the A10 SoC.

According to TechInsights, the A10X is manufactured in the brand new 10 nm FinFet process at TSMC. Altough it offers more function blocks, the A10X is with measured 96.4 mm2 significantly smaller than the previous A9X (143.9 mm2).

Apple A10 Fusion

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The Apple A10 Fusion is a system on a chip (SoC) from Apple that is built into the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It integrates four 64 Bit cores that are divided in two clusters. Two high performance cores are clocked at up to 2.34 GHz and should be around 40% faster than the Apple A9 (according to Apple) and two low power cores (up to 1.1 GHz?). Up to now its unclear if all four cores can be used at once (that need only 1/5 th of the energy in some use cases). At the release of the iPhone 7 it looks like that IOS is only using two cores at a time and automatically switches between the two clusters. Therefore, apps are seeing only a dual core. The principle is similar to the first generation of ARMs big.LITTLE concept.

The integrated graphics card of the SoC will most likely stem from PowerVR (again) and perform 50% faster at 2/3 of the power consumption (according to Apple). 

All in all the chip includes 3.3 billion transistors, which is more than a current AMD Bristol Ridge (3.1) and Skylake Quad-Core (1.75)  X86 SoCs.

Sources: Apple Keynote, Ars Technica

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3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 19534     avg: 19551     median: 19550.5 (20%)     max: 19567 Points
min: 9189     avg: 14249     median: 15479 (16%)     max: 15626 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
min: 2036     avg: 2323     median: 2323 (29%)     max: 2610 Points
min: 1252     avg: 1437     median: 1434.5 (18%)     max: 1627 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
min: 2145     avg: 2370     median: 2369.5 (41%)     max: 2594 Points
min: 1408     avg: 1525     median: 1518 (26%)     max: 1690 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3476     avg: 3483     median: 3483 (54%)     max: 3490
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 5585     avg: 5608     median: 5607.5 (14%)     max: 5630
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3924     avg: 3929     median: 3928.5 (54%)     max: 3933
min: 2672     avg: 3233     median: 3499 (48%)     max: 3527
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 9293     avg: 9326     median: 9325.5 (15%)     max: 9358
min: 4508     avg: 5461     median: 5922 (9%)     max: 5952
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 767     avg: 771     median: 771 (46%)     max: 775
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 1426     avg: 1429     median: 1429 (9%)     max: 1432
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 64 Bit Single-Core
777 (45%)
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 1421     avg: 1424     median: 1423.5 (8%)     max: 1426
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 968.8     avg: 971     median: 970.8 (2%)     max: 972.7 ms
min: 1025.5     avg: 1178     median: 1113.4 (2%)     max: 1531 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 30333     avg: 30761     median: 30760.5 (52%)     max: 31188 Points
min: 19783     avg: 25316     median: 26053 (44%)     max: 27967 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
min: 217439     avg: 222713     median: 222713 (76%)     max: 227987 Points
min: 142532     avg: 153966     median: 153966 (52%)     max: 165399 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
min: 6141     avg: 9979     median: 10439 (32%)     max: 12895 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
min: 32746     avg: 45782     median: 47936.5 (59%)     max: 54510 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
min: 45772     avg: 54850     median: 52519 (16%)     max: 68591 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
min: 50770     avg: 65083     median: 60084.5 (37%)     max: 89394 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
min: 160578     avg: 175694     median: 165802 (29%)     max: 210596 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
min: 82816     avg: 82838     median: 82837.5 (11%)     max: 82859 Points
min: 49294     avg: 49329     median: 49329 (6%)     max: 49364 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A10X Fusion → 100% n=9

Average Benchmarks Apple A10 Fusion → 75% n=9

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