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Apple A9 vs Apple A9X

Apple A9

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The Apple A9 is a high-end dual-core ARM SoC for smartphones. It was announced in Sept. 2015 in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Technical details were not published, but the CPU part should be about 70% and the GPU 90% faster than the previous Apple A8. Therefore, the performance should be on par with high-end Android SoCs in 2015.

It is based on the third generation of Apples 64 Bit architectures (Cyclone 3?) and uses a "new transistor technology". It is manufactured at Samsung in 14nm (slightly smaller die) and TSMC at 16nm (both FINFET 3D transistors). A performance difference of both versions are not noticable.

Furthermore, the chip now integrates the M9 motion coprocessor and a 4K video de- and encoder (as the iPhones 6s supports 4K video recording). The integrated graphics card should be still based on PowerVR technology.

The power consumption could be lower than the A8 due to the new process technology and the fact that the iPhones now got a smaller battery (due to the haptic engine part).

Apple A9X

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The Apple A9X is a high-end ARM SoC (System on a Chip) that was announced in September 2015 in the iPad Pro. Technical details are scarce, what we know is that it is based on the third generation of Apples 64 Bit architecture (Cyclone 3) and manufactured with a "new transistor technology" (14 or 16nm FINFet probably).

The performance of the A9X did improve a lot according to Apple. The CPU part should be 1.8x faster and the GPU part even 2x faster than the already speedy Apple A8X. Apple even stated in the keynote of the iPad Pro that the performance should be "faster than 80% of portable PCs shipped in the last 12 month". Furthermore the iPad Pro now features a 2x higher memory bandwidth (DDR4?) and 2x faster storage performance. The integrated graphics card will most likely be a PowerVR design again (Power VR Series7?).

Apple A9Apple A9X
Apple Apple
Cyclone 3Cyclone 3
Series: Cyclone 3
Apple A9X2.26 GHz2 / 2 Cyclone 3
» Apple A91.8 GHz2 / 2 Cyclone 3
» Apple A9X2.26 GHz2 / 2 Cyclone 3
Apple A91.8 GHz2 / 2 Cyclone 3
1800 MHz2260 MHz
2 / 22 / 2
14/16 14/16
ARMv8 Instruction SetARMv8 Instruction Set
iGPUApple A9 / PowerVR GT7600Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT
ArchitectureARMARM
147 mm2

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
A9 +
min: 12854     avg: 13248     median: 13210.5 (14%)     max: 13717 Points
119%
A9X +
min: 15473     avg: 15748     median: 15748 (16%)     max: 16023 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
100%
A9 +
1094 Points (14%)
157%
A9X +
1713 Points (21%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
100%
A9 +
1093 Points (16%)
151%
A9X +
1649 Points (24%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
A9 +
min: 4386     avg: 4412     median: 4422 (7%)     max: 4429
121%
A9X +
min: 5268     avg: 5344     median: 5343.5 (8%)     max: 5419
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
A9 +
min: 2533     avg: 2537     median: 2538 (52%)     max: 2539
124%
A9X +
min: 3079     avg: 3140     median: 3139.5 (64%)     max: 3200
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 A9 +
min: 2503     avg: 2527     median: 2526.5 (39%)     max: 2550
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 A9 +
min: 4286     avg: 4359     median: 4359 (11%)     max: 4432
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
A9 +
2556 (32%)
121%
A9X +
3097 (39%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
A9 +
4459 (7%)
119%
A9X +
5284 (8%)
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 A9 +
531 (28%)
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 A9 +
970 (6%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Multi Thread
100%
A9 +
min: 1225     avg: 1260     median: 1260 (43%)     max: 1295 MFLOPS
124%
A9X +
min: 1549.92     avg: 1559     median: 1559.5 (53%)     max: 1569 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Single Thread
100%
A9 +
min: 669     avg: 677     median: 677 (66%)     max: 685 MFLOPS
126%
A9X +
855 MFLOPS (84%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
A9 +
min: 1457.7     avg: 1656     median: 1712 (3%)     max: 1743 ms
100%
A9X +
min: 1498.8     avg: 1523     median: 1522.6 (3%)     max: 1546.3 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
A9 +
223 ms (2%)
100%
A9X +
181 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
A9 +
min: 15967     avg: 16716     median: 16375 (24%)     max: 18148 Points
121%
A9X +
min: 19621     avg: 19737     median: 19736.5 (28%)     max: 19852 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
100%
1 A9X +
101 Points (34%)
AnTuTu v5 - AnTuTu v5 Total Score
100%
1 A9 +
min: 58869     avg: 58977     median: 58976.5 (59%)     max: 59084 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
100%
A9 +
min: 126969     avg: 129767     median: 128706 (44%)     max: 133626 Points
137%
A9X +
min: 168840     avg: 176593     median: 176593 (60%)     max: 184346 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
100%
1 A9X +
7954 Points (24%)
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
100%
1 A9X +
38538 Points (47%)
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
100%
1 A9X +
89250 Points (28%)
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
100%
1 A9X +
81273 Points (50%)
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
100%
1 A9X +
217015 Points (38%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
100%
A9 +
min: 46285     avg: 48479     median: 48849 (6%)     max: 49934 Points
121%
A9X +
min: 58793     avg: 59226     median: 59226 (8%)     max: 59659 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A9 → 100% n=14

Average Benchmarks Apple A9X → 124% n=14

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