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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 compare1800 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 - Linpack Multi Thread
min: 1549.92     avg: 1559     median: 1559.5 (53%)     max: 1569 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1498.8     avg: 1523     median: 1522.6 (3%)     max: 1546.3 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 19621     avg: 19737     median: 19736.5 (33%)     max: 19852 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
min: 58793     avg: 59226     median: 59226 (8%)     max: 59659 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* 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

» HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
   8x - 2.86 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 990
   8x - 2.86 GHz
» MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
   8x 2 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» MediaTek Dimensity 820
   8x 2 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 820
   8x 1.84 GHz - 2.36 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 810
   8x 1.88 GHz - 2.27 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 980
   8x - 2.6 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 970
   8x 2.4 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 960
   8x 2.4 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 960s
   8x 2.1 GHz
» Apple A9X
   2x 2.26 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 955
   8x 2.5 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 950
   8x 2.3 GHz
» MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X
   10x 2.6 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 710
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Apple A9
   2x 1.8 GHz
» Samsung Exynos 850
   8x - 2 GHz
» Apple A8X
   3x 1.5 GHz
» Apple A8
   2x 1.4 GHz
» UNISOC SC9863A
   8x 1.6 GHz
» VIA Nano QuadCore L4700
   4x 1.2 GHz - 1.46 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 925
   8x 1.8 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 920
   8x 1.7 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 935
   8x 2.2 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 659
   8x 2.36 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 658
   8x 2.35 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 655
   8x 2.1 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 650
   8x 2 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 930
   8x 2 GHz
» Apple A7
   2x 1.3 GHz
» MediaTek MT8168
   4x 2 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 620
   8x 1.2 GHz
» Rockchip RK3288
   4x 1.8 GHz
» MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz
   4x 1.5 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 910T
   4x 1.8 GHz
» MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz
   4x 1.3 GHz
» MediaTek MT8161
   4x 1.3 GHz
» Rockchip RK3188
   4x 1.8 GHz
» HiSilicon Kirin 910
   4x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Celeron 220
   1x 1.2 GHz
» AMD GX-210JA
   2x 1 GHz
» Marvell Armada PXA1908
   4x 1.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+
   4x - 1.7 GHz
» Apple A6x
   2x 1.4 GHz
» Apple A6
   2x 1 GHz
» Apple S5
   2x
» Marvell PXA1088
   4x 1.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
   4x - 1.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
   4x - 1.2 GHz
» Intel Celeron 2.8 GHz
   1x 2.8 GHz
» Texas Instruments OMAP 4470
   2x 1.5 GHz
» HiSilicon k3v2 Hi3620
   4x 1.2 GHz
» Rockchip RK3066 1.5 GHz
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Renesas MP5232
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Broadcom BCM21664T
   2x 1.2 GHz
» Marvell PXA986
   2x 1.2 GHz
» Amlogic AML8726-MX
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Texas Instruments OMAP 4460
   2x 1.2 GHz
» Rockchip RK3168
   2x 1.2 GHz
» Broadcom BCM28155
   2x 1.2 GHz
» Texas Instruments OMAP 4430
   2x 1 GHz
» Apple A5x
   2x 1 GHz
» Apple A5
   2x 1 GHz
» Samsung Exynos 9110
   2x 1.15 GHz
» ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500
   2x 1 GHz
» ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8420
   2x 1 GHz
» NXP i.MX 6SLL
   1x 1 GHz
» Rockchip RK2918 1.2 GHz
   1x 1.2 GHz
» AllWinner A10
   1x 1.2 GHz
» ARM Cortex A8 1.2 GHz
   1x 1.2 GHz
» Apple A4
   1x 1 GHz
» AllWinner A13
   1x 1 GHz
» WonderMedia PRIZM WM8950
   1x 1 GHz
» Texas Instruments OMAP 3630 1GHz
   1x 1 GHz
» Texas Instruments OMAP 3622
   1x 1 GHz
» Rockchip RK2918
   1x 1 GHz
» Telechips TCC8803 1GHz
   1x 1 GHz
» ZiiLABS ZMS-08
   1x 1 GHz
» ARM Cortex A8 1GHz
   1x 1 GHz
» Actions ACT-ATM7029
   4x 1 GHz
» Loongson 2F 900MHz
   1x 0.9 GHz
» CSR8670
   2x 0.08 GHz
» Huawei Kirin A1
   1x 0.2 GHz
» Cypress PSoC6 MCU
   2x 0.15 GHz
» DK3.5+ST
   2x
» unknown
   

Surrounding CPUs

+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
   8x 2.3 GHz
+ Mediatek Helio P90
   8x 2.2 GHz
+ HiSilicon Kirin 970
   8x 2.4 GHz
+ HiSilicon Kirin 960
   8x 2.4 GHz
+ HiSilicon Kirin 960s
   8x 2.1 GHz
» Apple A9X
   2x 2.26 GHz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
   8x 2 GHz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)
   8x 2.45 GHz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
   8x 2.3 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa
   8x 2.3 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
   8x 2.6 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2015-09-11)