Apple A12Z Bionic GPU vs Apple A12X Bionic GPU

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 A12X Bionic GPU

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The Apple A12X 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 iPad 11" and 12.5" 2018 and offers 7 cores (up from the 4 cores in the A12 from the iPhone XS). It supports the Metal 2 API and the raw performance was compared against an Xbox One S by Apple. It definately should be the fastest smartphone / tablet graphics card in 2018 (IOS and Android based).

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 A12Z Bionic GPUApple A12X Bionic GPU
ManufacturerAppleApple
Apple A12 Series
A12Z Bionic GPU 8
A12X Bionic GPU 7
A12 Bionic GPU compare 4
A12Z Bionic GPU 8
A12X Bionic GPU 7
A12 Bionic GPU compare 4
Cores8 - unified7 - unified
Shared Memorynono
Technology7 nm7 nm
Introduced18.03.2020 30.10.2018
CPU in A12Z Bionic GPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple A12Z Bionic8 x ? MHz? MHz? MHz
CPU in A12X Bionic GPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple A12X Bionic8 x ? MHz? MHz? MHz

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 220422     avg: 221182     median: 221182 (35%)     max: 221941 Points
194856 Points (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
13454 Points (100%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
28751 Points (100%)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Apple A12X Bionic GPU
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Apple A12X Bionic GPU
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 202     avg: 211     median: 211.1 (23%)     max: 220.1 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 95.6     avg: 103     median: 102.8 (28%)     max: 110 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 31.8     avg: 40.4     median: 40.4 (26%)     max: 49 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 48     avg: 49.6     median: 49.6 (20%)     max: 51.1 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 47.2     avg: 52.6     median: 52.6 (26%)     max: 58 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 127     avg: 131     median: 130.7 (22%)     max: 134.3 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
min: 101     avg: 104     median: 104 (24%)     max: 107 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
min: 39.2     avg: 43.1     median: 43.1 (16%)     max: 47 fps
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
min: 13777     avg: 14312     median: 14312 (46%)     max: 14847 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
min: 847     avg: 1017     median: 1017 (4%)     max: 1187 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A12Z Bionic GPU → 100% n=1

Average Benchmarks Apple A12X Bionic GPU → 88% n=1

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

PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
med.
A12X Bionic GPU:
29 fps  fps
high
100%
A12Z Bionic GPU:
31 fps  fps
94%
A12X Bionic GPU:
29 fps  fps
World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
high
A12X Bionic GPU:
60 fps  fps
Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
A12X Bionic GPU:
60 fps  fps
ultra
A12X Bionic GPU:
59 fps 59 fps ~ 59 fps
Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
A12X Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
high
A12X Bionic GPU:
59 fps  fps
Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
high
A12X Bionic GPU:
60 fps  fps
Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
high
100%
A12Z Bionic GPU:
60 fps  fps
48%
A12X Bionic GPU:
29 fps 29 fps ~ 29 fps

Average Gaming Apple A12Z Bionic GPU → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Apple A12X Bionic GPU → 71%

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