Apple A12 Bionic vs Apple A9X

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple A12 Bionic CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A9X
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A9X
Apple A series Family Apple A series
Apple A12/A12X/A12Z CPU group Apple A9/A9X
12 Generation 9
A12 Architecture A9
Mobile Segment Mobile
Apple A11 Bionic Predecessor Apple A8X
Apple A13 Bionic Successor Apple A10X Fusion

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

6 Cores 2
6 Threads 2
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
2.49 GHz A-Core Frequency 2.16 GHz (2.26 GHz)
1.59 GHz B-Core Frequency --
-- C-Core Frequency --

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Apple A12 GPU Apple A9X
1.13 GHz GPU frequency 0.65 GHz
GPU (Turbo)
9 GPU Generation 6
7 nm Technology 16 nm
1 Max. displays 1
32 Execution units 48
256 Shader 384
4 GB Max. GPU Memory 4 GB
DirectX Version

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 No
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode
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 LPDDR4-3200
4 GB Max. Memory 4 GB
1 Memory channels 2
34.1 GB/s Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
No ECC No
8.00 MB L2 Cache 3.00 MB
L3 Cache 4.00 MB
PCIe version
PCIe lanes

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

6 W TDP (PL1) 8 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

7 nm Technology 16 nm
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions
N/A Socket N/A
None Virtualization None
No AES-NI No
Q3/2018 Release date Q3/2015
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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
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
1116 (100%)
Apple A9X Apple A9X
2C 2T @ 2.16 GHz
652 (58%)
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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
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
2731 (100%)
Apple A9X Apple A9X
2C 2T @ 2.16 GHz
1198 (44%)
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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 @ 1.13 GHz
576 (100%)
Apple A9X Apple A9X
Apple A9X @ 0.65 GHz
499 (87%)
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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
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
425605 (100%)
Apple A9X Apple A9X
2C 2T @ 2.16 GHz
272103 (64%)
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple A12 Bionic Apple A9X
Apple iPhone XR
Apple iPhone XS
Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPad mini (5. Gen)
Apple iPad Air (3. Gen)
Apple iPad Pro (1. Gen)

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