Apple A12 Bionic vs Apple A10 Fusion vs Apple A10X Fusion

Apple A12 Bionic

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The Apple A12 Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPhone Xs and Xr. It was announced late 2018 and offers 6 cores divided in 2 performance cores and four power efficiency cores. Compared to the previous A11 Bionic, the A12 should offer a 15% improved CPU performance for the performance cores and a 50% lower power consumption for the efficiency cores (both according to Apple).

The chip also includes a new GPU that is advertised as 50% faster, the M12 Motion co-processor and a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second.

With 6.9 billion transistors, the A12 Bionic is a big chip especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core Soc (1.75 Billion). Compared to the A11, the A12 integrates 60% more transistors.

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

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 A12 BionicApple A10 FusionApple A10X Fusion
Apple Apple A-SeriesApple Apple A-SeriesApple Apple A-Series
Series: Apple A-Series Cyclone 4?
Apple A14 Bionic6 / 6
» Apple A12 Bionic0 - 2.49 GHz6 / 6
Apple A10X Fusion2.39 GHz6 / 3 Cyclone 4?
» Apple A10 Fusion2.34 GHz4 / 2 Cyclone 4?
» Apple A10X Fusion2.39 GHz6 / 3 Cyclone 4?
Apple A10 Fusion2.34 GHz4 / 2 Cyclone 4?
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ArchitectureARMARMARM
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Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 27400     avg: 27548     median: 27547 (28%)     max: 27717 Points
min: 9189     avg: 14249     median: 15479 (16%)     max: 15626 Points
min: 19534     avg: 19551     median: 19550.5 (20%)     max: 19567 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
min: 2723     avg: 3064     median: 3056 (38%)     max: 3347 Points
min: 1252     avg: 1437     median: 1434.5 (18%)     max: 1627 Points
min: 2036     avg: 2323     median: 2323 (29%)     max: 2610 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
min: 2880     avg: 3129     median: 2961 (51%)     max: 3493 Points
min: 1408     avg: 1525     median: 1518 (26%)     max: 1690 Points
min: 2145     avg: 2370     median: 2369.5 (41%)     max: 2594 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: 4750     avg: 4779     median: 4774 (65%)     max: 4824
min: 2672     avg: 3233     median: 3499 (48%)     max: 3527
min: 3924     avg: 3929     median: 3928.5 (54%)     max: 3933
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 11244     avg: 11418     median: 11480 (18%)     max: 11598
min: 4508     avg: 5461     median: 5922 (9%)     max: 5952
min: 9293     avg: 9326     median: 9325.5 (15%)     max: 9358
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1118 (66%)
min: 767     avg: 771     median: 771 (46%)     max: 775
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
2910 (18%)
min: 1426     avg: 1429     median: 1429 (9%)     max: 1432
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1116     avg: 1118     median: 1117.5 (62%)     max: 1119
777 (43%)
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 2772     avg: 2815     median: 2814.5 (17%)     max: 2857
min: 1421     avg: 1424     median: 1423.5 (8%)     max: 1426
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 603.1     avg: 627     median: 626.4 (1%)     max: 652.5 ms
min: 1025.5     avg: 1178     median: 1113.4 (2%)     max: 1531 ms
min: 968.8     avg: 971     median: 970.8 (2%)     max: 972.7 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 41367     avg: 42312     median: 42333.5 (67%)     max: 43280 Points
min: 19783     avg: 25316     median: 26053 (41%)     max: 27967 Points
min: 30333     avg: 30761     median: 30760.5 (49%)     max: 31188 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
min: 142532     avg: 153966     median: 153966 (52%)     max: 165399 Points
min: 217439     avg: 222713     median: 222713 (76%)     max: 227987 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
min: 7312     avg: 9998     median: 10135.5 (31%)     max: 12409 Points
min: 6141     avg: 9979     median: 10439 (32%)     max: 12895 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
min: 59570     avg: 65177     median: 66701 (82%)     max: 67735 Points
min: 32746     avg: 45782     median: 47936.5 (59%)     max: 54510 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
min: 129473     avg: 147840     median: 151931 (47%)     max: 158023 Points
min: 45772     avg: 54850     median: 52519 (16%)     max: 68591 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
min: 106600     avg: 124761     median: 127986 (78%)     max: 136472 Points
min: 50770     avg: 65083     median: 60084.5 (37%)     max: 89394 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
min: 302955     avg: 347775     median: 358800 (63%)     max: 370545 Points
min: 160578     avg: 175694     median: 165802 (29%)     max: 210596 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 UX
min: 71574     avg: 71607     median: 71606.5 (65%)     max: 71639 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 MEM
min: 45962     avg: 56767     median: 56767 (46%)     max: 67572 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 GPU
min: 166588     avg: 170290     median: 170290 (45%)     max: 173992 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 CPU
min: 98561     avg: 122385     median: 122385 (62%)     max: 146209 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 Total Score
min: 411764     avg: 421049     median: 421048 (56%)     max: 430333 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
min: 482773     avg: 486852     median: 486197 (64%)     max: 491585 Points
min: 49294     avg: 49329     median: 49329 (6%)     max: 49364 Points
min: 82816     avg: 82838     median: 82837.5 (11%)     max: 82859 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A12 Bionic → 100% n=8

Average Benchmarks Apple A10 Fusion → 56% n=8

Average Benchmarks Apple A10X Fusion → 72% n=8

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