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Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT

Imagination A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx

The Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT GPU is an integrated graphics card in the Apple A9X SoC which can be found in the 2015 Apple iPad Pro. At the End of 2015 it is one of the fastest GPU in ARM based tablets (next to the Nvidia Tegra X1).

According to Chipworks, the GPU offers 12 shader clusters (384 ALUs) and therefore twice as many as the A9 (6 clusters, 192 ALUs) in the iPhone 6S. Currently there is no marketing name for the 12 shader version and it seems to be a custom variant for Apple. It is manufactured in 14/16 nm (3D transistors) at TSMC and Samsung (according to rumors).

The performance of the GPU is very good and in GFXBench the results are even better than a current GeForce 940M laptop graphics card. However, the direct comparisons of different platforms should only give a rough indication on the speed. Thanks to the Metal API, the iPad is able to use the graphics hardware very efficiently.

PowerVR Series 7XT Series

A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx 384
A9 / PowerVR GT7600 compare 192
ArchitecturePowerVR Rogue
Pipelines384 - unified
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 11_2, OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL ES 3.x
technology14 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
CPU in A9X / PowerVR GT7xxxGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple A9X2 x 2260 MHz? MHz? MHz


3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 50084     avg: 50604     median: 50604 (6%)     max: 51124 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
min: 117.1     avg: 140.2     median: 140.2 (1%)     max: 163.2 fps
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile V1 2D Graphics Tests
min: 4072     avg: 4263     median: 4263 (4%)     max: 4454 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile V1 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1174     avg: 1175     median: 1175 (2%)     max: 1176 Points
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-01-26)