Apple A12 Bionic vs. Apple A14 Bionic

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple A12 Bionic CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A14 Bionic
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Apple A series Family Apple A series
Apple A12/A12X/A12Z CPU group Apple A14
12 Generation 14
A12 Architecture A14 (Firestorm/Icestorm)
Mobile Segment Mobile
Apple A11 Bionic Predecessor Apple A13 Bionic
Apple A13 Bionic Successor Apple A15 Bionic

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

6 Cores 6
6 Threads 6
1.59 GHz Frequency 3.00 GHz
2.49 GHz Turbo (1 Core)
2.49 GHz Turbo (All Cores)
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Apple A12 GPU Apple A14
1.59 GHz GPU frequency 1.80 GHz
2.49 GHz GPU (Turbo) 3.01 GHz
9 GPU Generation 11
7 nm Technology 5 nm
1 Max. displays 3
4 Execution units 4
Shader
4 GB Max. GPU Memory 8 GB
DirectX Version

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC Decode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
16 GB Max. Memory 6 GB
1 Memory channels 2
No ECC No
8.00 MB L2 Cache 4.00 MB
L3 Cache
PCIe version
PCIe lanes

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

6 W TDP (PL1) 7 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

7 nm Technology 5 nm
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions
N/A Socket N/A
None Virtualization None
No AES-NI No
Q3/2018 Release date Q3/2020
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
1108 (70%)
Amazon
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6x 3.00 GHz
1592 (100%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
2543 (62%)
Amazon
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6x 3.00 GHz
4112 (100%)
Amazon
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iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.

Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Apple A12 @ 2.49 GHz
488 (59%)
Amazon
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Apple A14 @ 3.01 GHz
824 (100%)
Amazon
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AnTuTu 8 benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.

Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
425605 (68%)
Amazon
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6x 3.00 GHz
628047 (100%)
Amazon
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple A12 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Apple iPhone XR
Apple iPhone XS
Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPad mini (5. Gen)
Apple iPad Air (3. Gen)
Apple iPhone 12 mini
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPad Air (4. Gen)
In the CPU comparison of the Apple A12 Bionic against the Apple A14 Bionic you can see how Apple could significantly increase the performance of generation to generation. This concerns the CPU as well as the GPU part of the APUS. Apple benefits from modern production in addition to the IPC improvement of each generation. The Apple is always one of the first manufacturers who use new manufacturing technologies.

Thus, the Apple A14 BIONIC as one of the first processors is manufactured at all in the 5 nm manufacturing process at TSMC. The finer structures allow higher clock frequencies with lower heat development. Of this, the processors benefit primarily for multi-core scenarios where older processors quickly have to throttle their clock frequency to overheat.

Both mobile processors are optimized for smartphones and tablets and have a hybrid core architecture (Big.Little). In this case, strong high performance cores are combined with weaker and economical energy-saving cores. Depending on the utilization of the processor, it can distribute the requests to the optimal CPU cores. This not only saves energy but can also increase performance when all cores work together on one or more queries.

Through the finer structures, the Apple A14 Bionic now has a base frequency of 1.8 GHz, during the
Apple A12 Bionic His cores with 1.59 GHz clocks. The performance cores of the A14 can achieve clock frequencies in turbo mode for the first time of just over 3 GHz, which is currently the top spot for a smartphone processor.

In the IGPU of Apple A14 Bionic, the support of video codecs has improved in addition to the blueprint. This is how the free and new AV1 videoCODEC is supported (decoding in hardware). Both processors probably have a TDP of 6 watts and support up to 16 GB of RAM (LPDDR4X-4266 at the A12 or LPDDR5-5500 at the A14).

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