Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver) vs Apple A10X Fusion vs Apple A10 Fusion

Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver)

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The Nvidia Tegra K1 (Dual-Core, Denver) is a High-End Gaming SoC for Android based Tablets. The chip offers two 64 Bit CPU cores that were developed by Nvidia (Codename Denver). They are using the ARMv8-ISA and offer a very good single threaded performance. Therefore, the Dual-Core CPU is able to compete with Cortex-A15 based quad-cores like the quad-core version of the K1.

The integrated Kepler GPU (see for benchmarks), Video De- and Encoders and 2x 32 Bit Dual-Channel memory controllers are identical to the quad-core version of the K1.

Apple A10X Fusion

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The Apple A10X Fusion is a system on a chip (SoC) from Apple that is built into the 2017 iPad Pro models. It integrates six 64 Bit cores that are divided in two clusters. Three high performance cores are clocked at up to 2.39 GHz. The three power saving cores are used for non demanding tasks. It looks like only one of both clusters is able to run at a time (therefore the apps see only three cores). The principle is similar to the first generation of ARMs big.LITTLE concept.

The performance of the SoC is positioned in the high and and clearly faster than all previous Apple SoCs. Even compared to Android high-end SoCs like the Snapdragon 835, the A10X takes the lead (e.g. in Geekbench or Antutu).

The integrated graphics card of the SoC will most likely stem from PowerVR (again) and features 12 cores instead of 6 in the A10 SoC.

According to TechInsights, the A10X is manufactured in the brand new 10 nm FinFet process at TSMC. Altough it offers more function blocks, the A10X is with measured 96.4 mm2 significantly smaller than the previous A9X (143.9 mm2).

Apple A10 Fusion

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The Apple A10 Fusion is a system on a chip (SoC) from Apple that is built into the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It integrates four 64 Bit cores that are divided in two clusters. Two high performance cores are clocked at up to 2.34 GHz and should be around 40% faster than the Apple A9 (according to Apple) and two low power cores (up to 1.1 GHz?). Up to now its unclear if all four cores can be used at once (that need only 1/5 th of the energy in some use cases). At the release of the iPhone 7 it looks like that IOS is only using two cores at a time and automatically switches between the two clusters. Therefore, apps are seeing only a dual core. The principle is similar to the first generation of ARMs big.LITTLE concept.

The integrated graphics card of the SoC will most likely stem from PowerVR (again) and perform 50% faster at 2/3 of the power consumption (according to Apple). 

All in all the chip includes 3.3 billion transistors, which is more than a current AMD Bristol Ridge (3.1) and Skylake Quad-Core (1.75)  X86 SoCs.

Sources: Apple Keynote, Ars Technica

Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver)Apple A10X FusionApple A10 Fusion
NVIDIA TegraApple Apple A-SeriesApple Apple A-Series
DenverCyclone 4?Cyclone 4?
2300 - 2500 MHz2390 MHz2340 MHz
2x 192 KB
2 MB
2 / 26 / 34 / 2
28 10
iGPUNVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU ( - 950 MHz)Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVRApple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR
NVIDIA Tegra K1 (Denver)
: Apple A-Series Cyclone 4?
» Apple A10X Fusion2390 MHz6 / 3
Apple A10 Fusion2340 MHz4 / 2
Apple A10X Fusion2390 MHz6 / 3
» Apple A10 Fusion2340 MHz4 / 2
3300 3300
ARMv8 Instruction SetARMv8 Instruction Set

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
12420 Points (14%)
min: 19534     avg: 19550.5     median: 19550.5 (23%)     max: 19567 Points
min: 15450     avg: 15525     median: 15499 (18%)     max: 15626 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 2036     avg: 2323     median: 2323 (52%)     max: 2610 Points
min: 1252     avg: 1439.5     median: 1439.5 (32%)     max: 1627 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 2145     avg: 2369.5     median: 2369.5 (50%)     max: 2594 Points
min: 1518     avg: 1578.7     median: 1528 (33%)     max: 1690 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
5408 Points (44%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
5033 Points (46%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
4120 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
3045 Points (9%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
4055 Points (16%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2892     avg: 3029     median: 3029 (10%)     max: 3166 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1719     avg: 1811     median: 1811 (38%)     max: 1903 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3154 Points (8%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1879 Points (38%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 5585     avg: 5607.5     median: 5607.5 (20%)     max: 5630 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3476     avg: 3483     median: 3483 (60%)     max: 3490 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3924     avg: 3928.5     median: 3928.5 (62%)     max: 3933 Points
min: 3499     avg: 3513     median: 3513 (55%)     max: 3527 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 9293     avg: 9325.5     median: 9325.5 (26%)     max: 9358 Points
min: 5922     avg: 5937     median: 5937 (16%)     max: 5952 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
892.4 MFLOPS (30%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
670.7 MFLOPS (66%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
4030.5 ms (7%)
min: 968.8     avg: 970.8     median: 970.8 (2%)     max: 972.7 ms
min: 1025.5     avg: 1080.5     median: 1102.7 (2%)     max: 1113.4 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
919.3 ms (10%)
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
924.7 ms (9%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
8210 Points (16%)
min: 30333     avg: 30760.5     median: 30760.5 (62%)     max: 31188 Points
min: 24875     avg: 26298.3     median: 26053 (52%)     max: 27967 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
2754 Points (74%)
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
2642 Points (59%)
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
6263 Points (83%)
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
13091 points (30%)
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
56577 Points (70%)
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 217439     avg: 222713     median: 222713 (88%)     max: 227987 Points
min: 142532     avg: 153966     median: 153966 (61%)     max: 165399 Points
AndEBench - Java
1420 Iter./s (44%)
AndEBench - Native
10094 Iter./s (33%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
35765 Points (5%)
min: 82816     avg: 82837.5     median: 82837.5 (11%)     max: 82859 Points
min: 49294     avg: 49329     median: 49329 (6%)     max: 49364 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
5841 Points (43%)

Average Benchmarks Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver) → 100%

Average Benchmarks Apple A10X Fusion → 152%

Average Benchmarks Apple A10 Fusion → 112%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)