Apple A12 Bionic Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Apple A12 Bionic has 6 cores with 6 threads and is based on the 12. gen of the Apple A series series. The processor was released in Q3/2018. The Apple A12 Bionic scores 1,116 points in the Geekbench 5 single-core benchmark. In the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark, the result is 2,731 points.
Apple A12 Bionic

CPU lineage

The segment in which we have classified the Apple A12 Bionic. Here you can see if it is a desktop processor or a mobile processor or which processor may be the successor of the Apple A12 Bionic.

Name: Apple A12 Bionic
Family: Apple A series (22)
CPU group: Apple A12/A12X/A12Z (3)
Architecture: A12
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 12
Predecessor: Apple A11 Bionic
Successor: Apple A13 Bionic

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple A12 Bionic has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 6 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Apple A12 Bionic is 2.49 GHz. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor and is an important performance indicator.

CPU Cores / Threads: 6 / 6
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A-Core: 2x Vortex
B-Core: 4x Tempest
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 2.49 GHz
B-Core Frequency: 1.59 GHz

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

AI hardware: Apple Neural Engine
AI specifications: 8 Neural cores @ 5 TOPS

Internal Graphics

The Apple A12 Bionic has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. Specifically, the Apple A12 Bionic uses the Apple A12, which has 256 texture shaders and 16 execution units. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

GPU name: Apple A12
GPU frequency: 1.13 GHz
GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Compute units: 16
Shader: 256
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q3/2018
Max. displays: 1
Generation: 9
Direct X: --
Technology: 7 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 4 GB
Frame Generation: No

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.

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

Memory & PCIe

The processor can use up to 4 GB memory in 1 (Single Channel) memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 34.1 GB/s. The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the system.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
LPDDR4X-4266
34.1 GB/s
Max. Memory: 4 GB
Memory channels: 1 (Single Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe:
PCIe Bandwidth: --

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the processor is 6 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually gives a rough idea of the actual power consumption of the CPU.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 6 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: --

Technical details

The Apple A12 Bionic is made in 7 nm. The smaller the manufacturing process of a CPU, the more modern and energy-efficient it is. Overall, the processor has 8.00 MB cache. A large cache can greatly speed up the processor's speed in some cases such as games.

Technology: 7 nm
Chip design: Chiplet
Socket: --
L2-Cache: 8.00 MB
L3-Cache: --
AES-NI: No
Operating systems: iOS
Virtualization: None
Instruction set (ISA): Armv8-A (64 bit)
ISA extensions: --
Release date: Q3/2018
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: --

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Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Apple A12 Bionic have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.

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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.
Intel Core i5-9400H Intel Core i5-9400H
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
1119
Intel Core i7-10510U Intel Core i7-10510U
4C 8T @ 4.80 GHz
1118
Intel Core i7-9850HE Intel Core i7-9850HE
6C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
1118
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
1116
Intel Core i7-6850K Intel Core i7-6850K
6C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
1116
Intel Core i5-1035G4 Intel Core i5-1035G4
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
1116
Intel Core i5-1035G7 Intel Core i5-1035G7
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
1116

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.
Intel Core i5-3550 Intel Core i5-3550
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2741
Intel Core i7-3612QE Intel Core i7-3612QE
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
2737
Intel Core i7-4700HQ Intel Core i7-4700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
2735
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
2731
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2722
Intel Core i5-8365UE Intel Core i5-8365UE
4C 8T @ 2.60 GHz
2721
Intel Core i5-7500T Intel Core i5-7500T
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
2718

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i5-9300H Intel Core i5-9300H
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
1288
Intel Core i5-9300HF Intel Core i5-9300HF
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
1288
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1287
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
1286
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
1286
Intel Core i3-10100TE Intel Core i3-10100TE
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
1284
Intel Xeon Gold 5122 Intel Xeon Gold 5122
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
1284

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
2355
Apple A10X Fusion Apple A10X Fusion
6C 6T @ 2.36 GHz
2354
Intel Core i7-7600U Intel Core i7-7600U
2C 4T @ 3.90 GHz
2354
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
2353
Intel Core i3-6300T Intel Core i3-6300T
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2353
Intel Core i3-6098P Intel Core i3-6098P
2C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
2348
Intel Core i3-8145U Intel Core i3-8145U
2C 4T @ 2.80 GHz
2338

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.
AMD GX-217GI AMD GX-217GI
AMD Radeon R6E @ 0.76 GHz
582
AMD A8-7670K AMD A8-7670K
AMD Radeon R7 - 384 (Kaveri) @ 0.76 GHz
581
AMD A10-9620P AMD A10-9620P
AMD Radeon R5 - 384 (Bristol Ridge) @ 0.76 GHz
579
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Apple A12 @ 1.13 GHz
576
Intel Core i3-14100T Intel Core i3-14100T
Intel UHD Graphics 730 @ 1.50 GHz
576
Intel Core i3-14100 Intel Core i3-14100
Intel UHD Graphics 730 @ 1.50 GHz
576
Intel Core i3-13100TE Intel Core i3-13100TE
Intel UHD Graphics 730 @ 1.50 GHz
576

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.
MediaTek Dimensity 1000L MediaTek Dimensity 1000L
8C 8T @ 2.20 GHz
437506
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
432560
MediaTek Dimensity 1000C MediaTek Dimensity 1000C
8C 8T @ 2.00 GHz
427863
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
425605
HiSilicon Kirin 980 HiSilicon Kirin 980
8C 8T @ 2.60 GHz
412594
MediaTek Dimensity 820 MediaTek Dimensity 820
8C 8T @ 2.60 GHz
407964
HiSilicon Kirin 985 5G HiSilicon Kirin 985 5G
8C 8T @ 2.58 GHz
406830

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i3-7320 Intel Core i3-7320
2C 4T @ 4.10 GHz
4857
Intel Xeon Bronze 3204 Intel Xeon Bronze 3204
6C 6T @ 1.90 GHz
4849
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
4849
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
4846
Intel Core i5-7442EQ Intel Core i5-7442EQ
4C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
4832
Intel Xeon D-1518 Intel Xeon D-1518
4C 8T @ 2.20 GHz
4829
MediaTek Dimensity 900 MediaTek Dimensity 900
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
4829

Performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
8C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
5.5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
5.5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G
8C 8T @ 2.80 GHz
5.5
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
8C 8T @ 2.55 GHz
5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
8C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
5

Benchmarks


Description of the processor

The Apple A12 Bionic processor commissioned by Apple is manufactured by the Taiwanese company TSMC using the 7-nanometer FinFET process. It was first installed in the iPhone XR and iPhone XS, which were launched in the third quarter of 2018. In 2019 it was also installed in the new third-generation iPad Air and in the fifth-generation iPad Mini. The Apple A14 Bionic came onto the market in 2020, but the 8th generation standard iPad was then given the Apple A12 Bionic again.

The Apple A12 Bionic consists of 2 high-performance cores (Vortex) and 4 efficiency cores (Tempest). The Vortex cores clock at up to 2.49 gigahertz and the Tempest cores at up to 1.59 gigahertz. Due to the hybrid processor design, the Apple A12 Bionic is very efficient, since the built-in high-performance cores are only used for really computing-intensive tasks. The six cores of the Apple A12 Bionic cannot be overclocked, nor does the processor have hyperthreading.

The Apple A12 Bionics own graphics are made up of 32 execution units and 256 shaders. Like the processor, it is manufactured with a structure width of 7 nanometers, has a fixed clock rate of 1.13 gigahertz and thus achieves an FP32 computing power (single precision) of 576 gigaFLOPS.

LPDDR4X-4266 type RAM is installed in the Apple A12 Bionic. In the Apple A12 Bionic, this main memory achieves a maximum bandwidth of 34.1 gigabits per second. the maximum size of the RAM with which the Apple A12 Bionic is equipped is 4 gigabytes and is used in the iPhone XS.

In the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the Apple A12 Bionic achieves a single-core value of 1116 points and a multi-core value of 2731 points.

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