Apple A9 vs. Apple A8

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple A9 CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A8
Apple A9 Apple A8
1.85 GHz Frequency 1.10 GHz
Turbo (1 Core) 1.50 GHz
Turbo (All Cores) 1.50 GHz
2 Cores 2
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
normal Core architecture normal
Apple A9 GPU Apple A8
0.65 GHz GPU frequency 0.53 GHz
GPU (Turbo)
6 GPU Generation 5
16 nm Technology 20 nm
DirectX Version
1 Max. displays 1
6 Execution units 4
192 Shader 128
4 GB Max. GPU Memory 4 GB
Decode Codec h264 Decode
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode Codec VP8 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode Codec AVC Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode
A9 Architecture A8
LPDDR4-3200 Memory LPDDR3-1600
1 Memory channels 1
2 GB Max. Memory 2 GB
No ECC No
3.00 MB L2 Cache 1.00 MB
4.00 MB L3 Cache 4.00 MB
PCIe version
PCIe lanes
16 nm Technology 20 nm
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)
N/A Socket N/A
5W TDP (PL1) 5W
Yes AES-NI Yes
None Virtualization None
Q3/2015 Release date Q3/2014
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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 A9 Apple A9
2x 1.85 GHz
558 (100%)
Amazon
Apple A8 Apple A8
2x 1.10 GHz (1.50 GHz)
324 (58%)
Amazon



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 A9 Apple A9
2x 1.85 GHz
1024 (100%)
Amazon
Apple A8 Apple A8
2x 1.10 GHz (1.50 GHz)
607 (59%)
Amazon



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 A9 Apple A9
Apple A9 @ 0.65 GHz
250 (100%)
Amazon
Apple A8 Apple A8
Apple A8 @ 0.53 GHz
137 (55%)
Amazon



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 A9 Apple A9
2x 1.85 GHz
172160 (100%)
Amazon
Apple A8 Apple A8
2x 1.10 GHz (1.50 GHz)
0 (0%)
Amazon



Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple A9 Apple A8
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone SE (1. Gen)
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPad Mini 4
Apple TV HD
Apple HomePod
Apple iPod touch (6. Gen)

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