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Apple A12X Bionic vs Apple A12Z Bionic

Apple A12X Bionic

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The Apple A12X Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPad Pro 11 and 12.5-inch from 2018. It offers 8 cores divided in four performance cores and four power efficiency cores (up from the 6 cores in the A12 of the iPhone XS). Compared to the previous A10X in the old iPad Pro models, Apple advertises up to 95% higher performance of the CPU cores.

The chip also includes a new GPU with 7 cores, the M12 Motion co-processor and a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second.

With 10 billion transistors (A12 6.9 billion), the A12X Bionic is a big chip especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core Soc (1.75 Billion).

Apple A12Z Bionic

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The Apple A12Z Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPad Pro 11 and 12.5-inch from 2020. It offers 8 cores divided in four performance cores and four power efficiency cores (up from the 6 cores in the A12 of the iPhone XS). The difference to the older Apple A12X Bionic in the iPad Pro 2018 models seems to be an additional GPU core. Regarding CPU Apple noted: "Enhanced thermal design means higher peak and longer sustained performance". More details were not published by Apple, so it may be even the same chip with an additional enabled GPU core. On the other hand, it could be also manufactured in an improved 7nm (EUV?) process and offer higher clock rates. As Apple states no performance improvements on the CPU side, we don't expect big gains. However, the A12X was a very fast ARM based SoC and currently there is no competitor in the Android space that should beat the performance.

The chip also includes the M12 Motion co-processor and a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second (unverified, numbers from the A12X).

The Apple A12X included 10 billion transistors (A12 6.9 billion) and the A12Z should be therefore offer a similar amount. This makes it a quite big chip, especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core SoC (1.75 Billion).

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Apple A12Z Bionic0 - 2.49 GHz8 / 8 Vortex, Tempest
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Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
39393 Points (41%)
min: 40279     avg: 40289     median: 40289 (42%)     max: 40299 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
4700 Points (68%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4984     avg: 4993     median: 4993 (63%)     max: 5002
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 17691     avg: 17866     median: 17866 (22%)     max: 18041
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1114 (60%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
4661 (15%)
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
1120 (59%)
min: 1117     avg: 1122     median: 1122 (60%)     max: 1127
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
4620 (27%)
min: 4707     avg: 4710     median: 4709.5 (28%)     max: 4712
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 603     avg: 609     median: 608.5 (1%)     max: 614 ms
min: 645.9     avg: 646     median: 646.2 (1%)     max: 646.4 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
114 ms (1%)
125 ms (1%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 0.9.1 Total Score *
114 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 44425     avg: 45080     median: 45079.5 (65%)     max: 45734 Points
min: 42372     avg: 42618     median: 42425 (61%)     max: 43057 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 172     avg: 177     median: 177 (56%)     max: 182 Points
min: 140     avg: 158     median: 141 (45%)     max: 194 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
min: 14010     avg: 14312     median: 14311.5 (44%)     max: 14613 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
min: 62524     avg: 64951     median: 64950.5 (80%)     max: 67377 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
min: 312218     avg: 317206     median: 317206 (98%)     max: 322193 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
min: 162798     avg: 163060     median: 163060 (100%)     max: 163321 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
min: 552676     avg: 559527     median: 559527 (99%)     max: 566378 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 UX
76371 Points (64%)
min: 77253     avg: 77589     median: 77588.5 (65%)     max: 77924 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 MEM
63887 Points (52%)
min: 74998     avg: 92841     median: 92841 (75%)     max: 110684 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 GPU
350192 Points (64%)
min: 373781     avg: 375589     median: 375589 (69%)     max: 377397 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 CPU
187788 Points (68%)
min: 185841     avg: 186014     median: 186014 (67%)     max: 186186 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 Total Score
678238 Points (65%)
min: 712218     avg: 732032     median: 732032 (71%)     max: 751846 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
min: 756889     avg: 758432     median: 758432 (100%)     max: 759975 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A12X Bionic → 100% n=12

Average Benchmarks Apple A12Z Bionic → 103% n=12

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