Early insight suggests that the A14X Bionic will be a powerhouse, but comparing it to the Intel Core i9-9880H is wide of the mark
Undoubtedly, the A14X Bionic will be a powerhouse. Huawei, Qualcomm and Samsung have been unable to get close to the performance that the A12Z Bionic offers, for example, despite it being based on the almost two-year-old A12X Bionic. The A12Z Bionic outperforms the Snapdragon 865 by 27% according to our database, while even the A12X Bionic has an impressive 21% lead over Qualcomm's 7 nm chipset. We cannot compare Apple's recent chipsets with the Snapdragon 865 Plus because we are yet to test a device that possesses Qualcomm's latest chipset.
Now, Luke Miani has offered some projected performance metrics for the A14X Bionic, and they point towards a huge improvement over Apple's current high-performance chipsets. The table below is based on data extrapolated from leaked and rumoured A14 Bionic information, along with average performance gains from previous X Bionic chipsets. Miani predicts that the A14X Bionic could score around 7,480 points in Geekbench 5, which would be a huge leap over the A12X and A12Z Bionic. The regular A14 Bionic will apparently get close to the A12X Bionic too, which would represent a sizeable increase in performance over the A12 Bionic found in the iPhone 11 series.
Miani adds that a score of 7,480 in Geekbench 5 would put the A14X Bionic "nearly on par" with a Core i9-9880H. In fact, a score that high would exceed even the likes of the Core i9-9980HK, at least based on our tests anyway. To clarify, Miani merely compares the raw scores of the A14X Bionic and Core i9-9880H. Nonetheless, some outlets have run with the notion that Apple's next-generation SoC is "nearly on par" with the Core i9-9880H. As we explained in January, similar Geekbench scores does not make an ARM-based SoC comparable against a 45 W Intel processor. The architectural differences alone between ARM and x86 chipsets make comparisons like these somewhat meaningless.
Simply, one cannot extrapolate Geekbench scores into real-world comparisons between ARM and x86 chips, yet. The arrival of ARM-powered Macs will change that to a degree, but Miani states that Apple is unlikely to bring the A14X Bionic to any Mac. According to Miani, Apple's ARM-based laptop processors will be marketed as a new brand that will offer higher clock speeds and "marginal performance gains" over the A14X Bionic.
So no, the A14X Bionic will not be "nearly on par" with the Core i9-9880H. However, if the A12Z Bionic is anything to go by, then Apple's next-generation SoC will probably wipe the floor with competing mobile processors from Huawei, Qualcomm and Samsung. Kirin, Snapdragon and Exynos chips may catch up the A12Z Bionic this year, but the projected performance of the A14X Bionic seems out of reach.