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A14X Bionic gets alleged benchmark, outperforms the Intel Core i9-9880H

The Apple A14X should feature 8-cores instead of the 6-core A14. (Image: Apple)
The Apple A14X should feature 8-cores instead of the 6-core A14. (Image: Apple)
The first alleged benchmark of the Apple A14X SoC has leaked and it underscores why Apple dumped Intel for its own silicon. If accurate, the Geekbench result puts the A14X ahead of the Intel Core i9-9880H found in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The Apple A14 Bionic SoC found in the new iPad Air and iPhone 12 series has already given us a taste of how powerful Apple’s latest silicon is. Now, the first alleged Geekbench score for the upcoming Apple 14X has surfaced ahead of its expected appearance in Apple’s first MacBooks powered by Apple silicon to be unveiled on November 10. The chip will also get next-generation iPad Pro fans excited as it will level up the performance of Apple’s slate considerably as well.

The regular A14 chip in the iPad Air scores 1585 for single-core performance and 4180 in the multi-core score on Geekbench 5. It is a 6-core design with two high-performance cores (Firestorm) and four high-efficiency cores (Icestorm). The purported A14X scores 1634 for single-core and 7220 in the multi-core test. The Apple A12X/A12Z chipsets both featured 8-cores and we expect the A14X to have a similar core count and possibly a slightly higher clock as well.

This is clearly an outstanding result and leaves the 8-core Intel Core i9-9880H found in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro somewhat embarrassed. In the same test it achieves a single-core score of 1096 and a score of 6869 in the multi-core test. While benchmarks like this can be faked, and should thus be viewed with caution, it seems plausible enough that it could be accurate. It also wouldn’t surprise to see Apple reveal even more powerful silicon in the near future -- even as soon as its November 10 special event.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-11- 6 (Update: 2020-11- 6)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.