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Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600

Imagination A9 / PowerVR GT7600

The PowerVR GT7600 from Imagination Technologies is a high-end smartphone GPU as part of the Apple A9 SoC for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. At the time of announcement on September 2015, it is the fastest GPU for smartphones and even bests current tablet GPUs.

Architecture

The GT7600 is part of the Series 7XT line-up and is based on a unified shader architecture with 6 clusters that integrate 384 (FP16) and 192 (FP32) ALU cores. Compared to the Series 6XT GPU in the Apple A8 and A8x, ImgTec states that the performance and efficiency of the cores have been improved. Furthermore, the GPU features support for virtualization, hardware-based security, geometry shaders, tessellation, native 10-bit YUV and ASTC LDR/HDR. DirectX 11 and OpenCL FP64 are optional features that are likely not implemented on Apple smartphones and tablets.

Performance

The PowerVR GT7600 is clearly the fastest smartphone GPU on the market as of September 2015. In all of our benchmarks, the GPU is able to beat even the fastest tablet and smartphone GPUs like the PowerVR GXA6850 in the A8x (iPad Air 2), Tegra K1 (Nvidia Shield Tablet) and Adreno 430 (various flagship smartphones). The ARM Mali-T760 MP8 (7420 Octa) in the Galaxy S6 line-up is also no match for the PowerVR GPU. 

The Tegra X1 in the Shield TV console is able to beat the GT7600 in 3DMark 2013 Unlimited GPU (135%), but falls behind in GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan with 79% of the performance. Thanks to the efficient use of the GPU (e.g., IOS apps using Metal), we are expecting a graphical step up in 3D games.

Power Consumption

The PowerVR GT7600 in the Apple A9 should be very energy efficient due in part to the use of 3D transistors and an improved 14/16 nm fabrication process.

Note: The PowerVR GT7600 in the Apple A9 is not officially confirmed by Apple!

ManufacturerImagination
PowerVR Series 7XT Series
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx 384
A9 / PowerVR GT7600 192
CodenameRogue
ArchitecturePowerVR Rogue
Pipelines192 - unified
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11_2
technology14/16 nm
FeaturesOpenGL® ES 1.x/2.0/3.x*, AEP, OpenGL 3.3*, DirectX 10_0, OpenCL™ 1.2 EP*, (DirectX 11_2, OpenGL 4.3*, OpenCL 1.2 FP*)
Date of Announcement09.09.2015
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://imgtec.com/powervr/graphics/serie...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple A92 x 1800 MHz? MHz? MHz
min. - max.? - ? MHz? - ? MHz

Benchmarks

GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
0%
100%
min: 28.7     avg: 45.3 (20%)     median: 47.2 (21%)     max: 58.1 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
0%
100%
min: 2651     avg: 2651 (65%)     median: 2651 (65%)     max: 2651 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
0%
100%
min: 2015     avg: 2015 (54%)     median: 2015 (54%)     max: 2015 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
0%
100%
min: 4763     avg: 4763 (81%)     median: 4763 (81%)     max: 4763 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited 2560x1440
0%
100%
min: 2729     avg: 2729 (57%)     median: 2729 (57%)     max: 2729 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
0%
100%
min: 1161     avg: 1765.8 (53%)     median: 1957.5 (59%)     max: 1987 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
0%
100%
min: 3484     avg: 4797.3 (47%)     median: 5130 (50%)     max: 5445 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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Notebook reviews with Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600 graphics card

Apple iPad (2017): Apple A9, 9.7", 0.5 kg
  Review » Apple iPad (2017) Tablet Review

Apple iPhone 6S: Apple A9, 4.7", 0.1 kg
  Review » Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus First Impressions

  Review » Apple iPhone 6S Smartphone Review

Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Apple A9, 5.5", 0.2 kg
  Review » Apple iPhone 6S Plus Smartphone Review

Apple iPhone SE: Apple A9, 4", 0.1 kg
  Review » Apple iPhone SE Smartphone Review

Apple iPad (2017): Apple A9, 9.7", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad (2017)

Apple iPhone 6S: Apple A9, 4.7", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone 6S

Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Apple A9, 5.5", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Apple iPhone SE: Apple A9, 4", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone SE

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Class 2
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Radeon HD 6970
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GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
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Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
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Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon 530 *
Radeon 520 *
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Class 4
Mali-G71 MP20 *
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Mali-T880 MP2
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Mali-T830 MP2
Class 6
Adreno 308
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* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-01-26)