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Apple A9X vs Apple A10 Fusion

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 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

ModelApple A9XApple A10 Fusion
SeriesApple Apple Apple A-Series
CodenameCyclone 3Cyclone 4?
Series: Apple A-Series Cyclone 4?
» Apple A9X2.26 GHz2 / 2 Cyclone 3
Apple A9 compare1.8 GHz2 / 2 Cyclone 3
Apple A10X Fusion compare2.39 GHz6 / 3 Cyclone 4?
» Apple A10 Fusion2.34 GHz4 / 2 Cyclone 4?
Clock2260 MHz2340 MHz
Cores / Threads2 / 24 / 2
Technology14/16 nm
Die Size147 mm2
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction SetARMv8 Instruction Set
iGPUApple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XTApple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR
ArchitectureARMARM
Announced
Transistors3300 Million

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
A9X +
min: 15473     avg: 15748     median: 15748 (13%)     max: 16023 Points
min: 9189     avg: 14249     median: 15479 (13%)     max: 15626 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
100%
A9X +
1713 Points (21%)
min: 1252     avg: 1437     median: 1434.5 (18%)     max: 1627 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
100%
A9X +
1649 Points (24%)
min: 1408     avg: 1525     median: 1518 (22%)     max: 1690 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 766     avg: 773     median: 777 (34%)     max: 777 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 1361     avg: 1403     median: 1421 (5%)     max: 1426 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 767     avg: 771     median: 771 (34%)     max: 775 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 1426     avg: 1429     median: 1429 (5%)     max: 1432 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
A9X +
3097 Points (32%)
min: 2672     avg: 3233     median: 3499 (36%)     max: 3527 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
A9X +
5284 Points (6%)
min: 4508     avg: 5461     median: 5922 (7%)     max: 5952 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3476     avg: 3483     median: 3483 (54%)     max: 3490 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 5585     avg: 5608     median: 5607.5 (14%)     max: 5630 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 A9X +
min: 5268     avg: 5344     median: 5343.5 (8%)     max: 5419 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 A9X +
min: 3079     avg: 3140     median: 3139.5 (51%)     max: 3200 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Multi Thread
100%
1 A9X +
min: 1550     avg: 1560     median: 1559.5 (53%)     max: 1569 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Single Thread
100%
1 A9X +
855 MFLOPS (84%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
A9X +
min: 1499     avg: 1523     median: 1522.5 (2%)     max: 1546 ms
min: 1026     avg: 1178     median: 1113 (1%)     max: 1531 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 A9X +
181 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
A9X +
min: 19621     avg: 19737     median: 19736.5 (20%)     max: 19852 Points
min: 19783     avg: 25316     median: 26053 (27%)     max: 27967 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
100%
A9X +
101 Points (27%)
min: 79     avg: 95     median: 95 (25%)     max: 111 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
100%
A9X +
min: 168840     avg: 176593     median: 176593 (60%)     max: 184346 Points
min: 142532     avg: 153966     median: 153966 (52%)     max: 165399 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
100%
A9X +
7954 Points (24%)
min: 6141     avg: 9979     median: 10439 (32%)     max: 12895 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
100%
A9X +
38538 Points (47%)
min: 32746     avg: 45782     median: 47936.5 (59%)     max: 54510 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
100%
A9X +
89250 Points (28%)
min: 45772     avg: 54850     median: 52519 (16%)     max: 68591 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
100%
A9X +
81273 Points (50%)
min: 50770     avg: 65083     median: 60084.5 (37%)     max: 89394 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
100%
A9X +
217015 Points (38%)
min: 160578     avg: 175694     median: 165802 (29%)     max: 210596 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile V1 CPU Tests
100%
A9X +
min: 58793     avg: 59226     median: 59226 (8%)     max: 59659 Points
min: 49294     avg: 49329     median: 49329 (6%)     max: 49364 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
359 Points (14%)

Average Benchmarks Apple A9X → 100% n=15

Average Benchmarks Apple A10 Fusion → 97% n=15

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