Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) vs Apple A9

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A9
Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A9

CPU comparison

Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) or Apple A9 ? In this comparison, we check which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) has 6 cores with 6 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.23 GHz. Up to 6 GB of memory is supported in 1 (Single Channel) memory channels. The Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) was released in Q3/2021.

The Apple A9 has 2 cores with 2 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 1.85 GHz. The CPU supports up to 2 GB of memory in 1 (Single Channel) memory channels. The Apple A9 was released in Q3/2015.
Apple A series Family Apple A series
Apple A15 CPU group Apple A9/A9X
15 Generation 9
A15 Architecture A9
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor Apple A8
-- Successor Apple A10 Fusion

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) or Apple A9 can be overclocked. You will also find the clock frequencies of the processor (single-core and multi-core) here. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor.

6 Cores 2
6 Threads 2
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.23 GHz
2x Avalanche
A-Core 1.85 GHz
2x Twister
2.02 GHz
4x Blizzard
B-Core --
-- C-Core --

Internal Graphics

The Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) or Apple A9 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die. A processor with integrated graphics is also called APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).

Apple A15 (4 GPU Cores) GPU Apple A9
0.60 GHz GPU frequency 0.65 GHz
GPU (Turbo)
12 GPU Generation 6
5 nm Technology 16 nm
3 Max. displays 1
128 Execution units 24
1024 Shader 192
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 4 GB
DirectX Version

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode
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 & PCIe

The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the processor. The memory bandwidth depends on several factors and is given in gigabytes per second.

LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4-3200
6 GB Max. Memory 2 GB
1 (Single Channel) Memory channels 1 (Single Channel)
34.1 GB/s Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache 3.00 MB
32.00 MB L3 Cache 4.00 MB
PCIe version
PCIe lanes

Thermal Management

The Thermal Design Power (TDP for short) specifies the necessary cooling solution to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually only gives a rough idea of the real consumption of a CPU.

8.5 W TDP (PL1) 5 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) or Apple A9 as well as a list of the processors ISA extensions. We have documented the architecture and the manufacturing technology for you as well as the release date.

5 nm Technology 16 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
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
iOS Operating systems iOS
Q3/2021 Release date Q3/2015
-- Release price --
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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 A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
1745 (100%)
Apple A9 Apple A9
2C 2T @ 1.85 GHz
558 (32%)
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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 A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
4777 (100%)
Apple A9 Apple A9
2C 2T @ 1.85 GHz
1024 (21%)
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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 A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
Apple A15 (4 GPU Cores) @ 0.60 GHz
1200 (100%)
Apple A9 Apple A9
Apple A9 @ 0.65 GHz
250 (21%)
Show all iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS) results



AnTuTu 9 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 9 benchmark is very well suited to measuring the performance of a smartphone. AnTuTu 9 is quite heavy on 3D graphics and can now also use the "Metal" graphics interface. In AnTuTu, memory and UX (user experience) are also tested by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu version 9 can compare any ARM CPU running on Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly comparable when benchmarked on different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 9 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The rating is made up of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the working memory, and the performance of the internal graphics.

Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
806250 (100%)
Apple A9 Apple A9
2C 2T @ 1.85 GHz
0 (0%)
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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 A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple A9 Apple A9
2C 2T @ 1.85 GHz
172160 (100%)
Show all AnTuTu 8 Benchmark results



Devices using this processor

Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A9
Apple iPhone 13 mini
Apple iPhone 13
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone SE (1. Gen)

News and articles for the Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) and the Apple A9


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