Apple A12 Bionic GPU vs Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR vs Apple A12Z Bionic GPU

Apple A12 Bionic GPU

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The Apple A12 Bionic graphics card is the second generation of integrated GPUs that was designed by Apple and not licensed by PowerVR. It can be found in the Apple iPhone Xs (Max) and Xr includes 4 cores and supports Metal 2. According to Apple, the 7nm manufactured GPU offers 50% increased performance compared to the A11 Bionic. Therefore, it should be one of the fastest graphics cards for smartphones (like the Adreno 630).

The architecture should be similar to the older PowerVR graphics cards like the A10 GPU, but currently Apple is not disclosing any information about the architecture.

Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR

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The Apple A10X Fusion / PowerVR graphics card is integrated in the Apple A10X Fusion SoC that can be found in the Apple iPad Pro from 2017. Most likely based on PowerVR technology. According to Apple it integrates 12 cores (compared to the 6 cores of the A10 GPU) and is therefore significantly faster.

Apple A12Z Bionic GPU

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The Apple A12Z Bionic graphics card is the integrated GPU in the Apple A12Z Bionic SoC in the 2020 iPad Pro models. It was designed by Apple and not licensed by PowerVR and should be based on the same architecture as the A12X and A12 GPUs with more cores. The A12Z offer 8 GPU cores, where the older A12X in the 2018 iPad Pro series offered 7. Interestingly, Apple did not choose to create a new variant of the current Apple A13 chip used in the iPhone 11 models.

The architecture should be similar to the older PowerVR graphics cards like the A10 GPU, but currently Apple is not disclosing any information about the architecture.

The performance should be slightly faster than the old iPad pro models and therefore significantly faster than the iPhone SoCs and Android competitors.

The chip should be still manufactured in 7nm at TSMC and offer a very good efficiency.

Apple A12 Bionic GPUApple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVRApple A12Z Bionic GPU
ManufacturerAppleImaginationApple
Apple A12 Series
A12Z Bionic GPU 8
A12X Bionic GPU 7
A12 Bionic GPU 4
A12Z Bionic GPU 8
A12X Bionic GPU 7
A12 Bionic GPU 4
Cores4 - unified8 - unified
Shared Memorynonono
Technology7 nm10 nm7 nm
Introduced12.09.2018 07.06.2017 18.03.2020
Manufacturerhttps://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/a12-bion...
ArchitecturePowerVR Rogue
CPU in A12 Bionic GPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple A12 Bionic6 x ? MHz? MHz? MHz
CPU in A10X Fusion GPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple A10X Fusion6 x 2390 MHz? MHz? MHz
CPU in A12Z Bionic GPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple A12Z Bionic8 x ? MHz? MHz? MHz

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 159735     avg: 160619     median: 160199 (25%)     max: 162695 Points
min: 110148     avg: 110560     median: 110560 (17%)     max: 110971 Points
min: 220422     avg: 221182     median: 221182 (35%)     max: 221941 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
min: 6667     avg: 7814     median: 7856 (58%)     max: 8763 Points
min: 5975     avg: 6325     median: 6324.5 (47%)     max: 6674 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
min: 10374     avg: 13770     median: 14085 (49%)     max: 15399 Points
min: 12118     avg: 12155     median: 12154.5 (42%)     max: 12191 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 4121     avg: 4707     median: 4648.5 (48%)     max: 5367 Points
min: 3975     avg: 4534     median: 4534 (47%)     max: 5093 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 4828     avg: 5565     median: 5421 (45%)     max: 6484 Points
min: 5459     avg: 6226     median: 6226 (51%)     max: 6993 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Apple A12 Bionic GPU
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Apple A12 Bionic GPU
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 107     avg: 125     median: 127.6 (14%)     max: 139 fps
min: 109     avg: 110     median: 109.5 (12%)     max: 110 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 58     avg: 59.1     median: 59 (16%)     max: 60 fps
min: 46     avg: 52     median: 52 (14%)     max: 58 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 25.34     avg: 35.6     median: 32.1 (20%)     max: 59 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 16.3     avg: 21.5     median: 22 (9%)     max: 26.3 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 37.01     avg: 44.9     median: 41 (20%)     max: 59 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 36.8     avg: 56.1     median: 62.4 (11%)     max: 70.5 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
min: 38     avg: 49.2     median: 51.3 (12%)     max: 62.8 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
min: 31     avg: 37.5     median: 31.7 (12%)     max: 58 fps
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
min: 16241     avg: 16835     median: 16714 (35%)     max: 17549 Points
min: 5107     avg: 5155     median: 5155 (11%)     max: 5203 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1186     avg: 1512     median: 1619 (6%)     max: 1730 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A12 Bionic GPU → 100% n=1

Average Benchmarks Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR → 69% n=1

Average Benchmarks Apple A12Z Bionic GPU → 138% n=1

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

2020
low
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
60 fps  fps
med.
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
ultra
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
29 fps  fps
med.
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
29 fps 39 fps ~ 34 fps
high
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
29 fps 33 fps 39 fps 39 fps 40 fps ~ 36 fps
86%
A12Z Bionic GPU:
31 fps  fps
ultra
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
39 fps  fps
World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
high
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps 59 fps ~ 59 fps
ultra
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps 59 fps 59 fps ~ 59 fps
Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
high
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
high
100%
A12 Bionic GPU:
30 fps 33 fps ~ 32 fps
188%
A12Z Bionic GPU:
60 fps  fps

Average Gaming Apple A12 Bionic GPU → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Apple A12Z Bionic GPU → 137%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 137%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)