Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) CPU1 vs CPU2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

CPU comparison

Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 ? In this comparison, we check which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Apple A15 Bionic (5-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 (5-GPU) was released in Q3/2021.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.84 GHz. The CPU supports up to GB of memory in 4 (Quad Channel) memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 was released in Q1/2021.
Apple A series Family Qualcomm Snapdragon
Apple A15 CPU group Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
15 Generation 8
A15 Architecture Kryo 680
Mobile Segment Mobile
Apple A14 Bionic Predecessor --
Apple A16 Bionic Successor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 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 8
6 Threads 8
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (Prime / big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.23 GHz
2x Avalanche
A-Core 2.84 GHz
1x Kryo 680 Prime
2.02 GHz
4x Blizzard
B-Core 2.42 GHz
3x Kryo 680 Gold
-- C-Core 1.80 GHz
4x Kryo 680 Silver

Internal Graphics

The Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 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 (5 GPU Cores) GPU Qualcomm Adreno 660
0.60 GHz GPU frequency 0.84 GHz
GPU (Turbo)
12 GPU Generation 6
5 nm Technology 5 nm
3 Max. displays 0
160 Execution units
1280 Shader
8 GB Max. GPU Memory
DirectX Version 12.1

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) 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 & 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 LPDDR4X-4266, LPDDR5-3200
6 GB Max. Memory
1 (Single Channel) Memory channels 4 (Quad Channel)
34.1 GB/s Bandwidth --
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache 1.00 MB
32.00 MB L3 Cache 8.00 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) --
-- 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 (5-GPU) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 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 5 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 Android
Q3/2021 Release date Q1/2021
-- 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 (5-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
1745 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
1102 (63%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



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 (5-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
4777 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
3540 (74%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



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 (5-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)
Apple A15 (5 GPU Cores) @ 0.60 GHz
1500 (87%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Qualcomm Adreno 660 @ 0.84 GHz
1720 (100%)
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 (5-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
842116 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
823812 (98%)
Show all AnTuTu 9 Benchmark results



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 (5-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
0 (0%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
715600 (100%)
Show all AnTuTu 8 Benchmark results



Devices using this processor

Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Apple iPad mini (6. Gen)
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14 Plus
ASUS Zenfone 8 mini

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