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Apple A9X

Apple A9X

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?).

SeriesApple
CodenameCyclone 3
Series: Cyclone 3
» Apple A9X2260 MHz2 / 2
Apple A9 (compare)1800 MHz2 / 2
Clock Rate2260 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 2
Manufacturing Technology14/16 nm
Die Size147 mm2
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date09/09/2015

Benchmarks

Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
min: 1549.92     avg: 1559.5     median: 1559.5 (53%)     max: 1569 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1498.8     avg: 1522.6     median: 1522.6 (3%)     max: 1546.3 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 19621     avg: 19736.5     median: 19736.5 (41%)     max: 19852 Points
AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score
min: 168840     avg: 176593     median: 176593 (77%)     max: 184346 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 58793     avg: 59226     median: 59226 (13%)     max: 59659 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Apple A9X processor

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (Imagination A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, 12.9")
» Apple iPad Pro Tablet Review - Review
» Apple iPad Pro - External Review

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (Imagination A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, 9.7")
» Apple iPad Pro 9.7 Tablet Review - Review
» Apple iPad Pro 9.7 - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series

» Apple A11 Bionic
   0 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A10X Fusion
   2.39 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 970
   2.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 960
   2.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A9X
   2.26 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 955
   2.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 950
   2.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A10 Fusion
   2.34 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A9
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A8X
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB + 4 MB
» Apple A8
   1.4 GHz / 1 MB + 4 MB
» VIA Nano QuadCore L4700
   1.2 GHz / 4 MB
» Kirin 925
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 920
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 935
   2.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 659
   2.36 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 658
   2.35 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 655
   2.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 650
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 930
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A7
   1.3 GHz / 1 MB + 4 MB
» RK3288
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 910T
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8161
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3188
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 620
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Kirin 910
   1.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Intel Celeron 220
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB
» AMD GX-210JA
   1 GHz / 1 MB
» Marvell Technology Group Armada PXA1908
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A6x
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A6
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Marvell Technology Group PXA1088
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Intel Celeron 2.8
   2.8 GHz / 0.1 MB
» OMAP 4470
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» k3v2 Hi3620
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3066
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» MP5232
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Broadcom BCM21664T
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Marvell Technology Group PXA986
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» AML8726-MX
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» OMAP 4460
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3168
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Broadcom BCM28155
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» OMAP 4430
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A5x
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A5
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NovaThor U8500
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NovaThor U8420
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm S2 MSM8255
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» RK2918 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» A10
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Cortex A8 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A4
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» A13
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» WM8950
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» OMAP 3630 1GHz
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» OMAP 3622
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» RK2918
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» TCC8803 1GHz
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» ZiiLABS ZMS-08
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Cortex A8
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» ATM7029
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Loongson 2F
   0.9 GHz / 0.5 MB
» CSR8670
   0.08 GHz / 0 MB
» unknown
   0 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i5 2467M
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 3339Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 4010U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 4005U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 3217U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Apple A9X
   2.26 GHz / 0 MB
+ AMD Kaveri A10-7300
   1.9 GHz / 4096 KB
+ AMD Kaveri A8 Pro-7150B
   1.9 GHz / 4096 KB
+ Intel Pentium 4405Y
   1.5 GHz / 512 KB + 2048 KB
+ AMD Phenom II X4 N970
   2.2 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Intel Core 2 Duo (Desktop) E6700
   2.66 GHz / 4096 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2015-09-11)