Apple A9X vs Apple A9

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 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).

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ARMv8 Instruction SetARMv8 Instruction Set
iGPUApple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XTApple A9 / PowerVR GT7600

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
A9X +
min: 15473     avg: 15748     median: 15748 (18%)     max: 16023 Points
84%
A9 +
min: 12854     avg: 13248     median: 13210.5 (15%)     max: 13717 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
100%
A9X +
1713 Points (39%)
64%
A9 +
1094 Points (25%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
100%
A9X +
1649 Points (35%)
66%
A9 +
1093 Points (23%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
A9X +
min: 5268     avg: 5343.5     median: 5343.5 (14%)     max: 5419 Points
83%
A9 +
min: 4386     avg: 4412.3     median: 4422 (12%)     max: 4429 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
A9X +
min: 3079     avg: 3139.5     median: 3139.5 (64%)     max: 3200 Points
81%
A9 +
min: 2533     avg: 2536.7     median: 2538 (52%)     max: 2539 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
100%
A9 +
9793 Points (5%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
A9 +
min: 4286     avg: 4359     median: 4359 (16%)     max: 4432 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
A9 +
min: 2503     avg: 2526.5     median: 2526.5 (44%)     max: 2550 Points
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
A9X +
3097 Points (49%)
83%
A9 +
2556 Points (40%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
A9X +
5284 Points (15%)
84%
A9 +
4459 Points (12%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
100%
A9X +
min: 1549.92     avg: 1559.5     median: 1559.5 (53%)     max: 1569 MFLOPS
81%
A9 +
min: 1225     avg: 1260     median: 1260 (43%)     max: 1295 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
100%
A9X +
855 MFLOPS (84%)
79%
A9 +
min: 669     avg: 677     median: 677 (66%)     max: 685 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
100%
A9X +
min: 1498.8     avg: 1522.6     median: 1522.6 (3%)     max: 1546.3 ms
100%
A9 +
min: 1457.7     avg: 1656.2     median: 1712 (3%)     max: 1743 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
A9X +
181 ms (2%)
100%
A9 +
223 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
100%
A9X +
min: 19621     avg: 19736.5     median: 19736.5 (41%)     max: 19852 Points
83%
A9 +
min: 15967     avg: 16716.2     median: 16375 (34%)     max: 18148 Points
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
100%
A9 +
min: 58869     avg: 58976.5     median: 58976.5 (73%)     max: 59084 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
100%
A9X +
min: 168840     avg: 176593     median: 176593 (69%)     max: 184346 Points
73%
A9 +
min: 126969     avg: 129767     median: 128706 (51%)     max: 133626 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
100%
A9X +
min: 58793     avg: 59226     median: 59226 (8%)     max: 59659 Points
82%
A9 +
min: 46285     avg: 48479.2     median: 48849 (6%)     max: 49934 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A9X → 100%

Average Benchmarks Apple A9 → 86%

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