Apple A12Z Bionic Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Apple A12Z Bionic has 8 CPU cores and can process 8 threads at the same time. The processor was presented in Q1/2020 and is based on the 12. Generation of the Apple A series series. In the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the Apple A12Z Bionic achieved a result of 1,124 points (single-core) or 4,718 points (multi-core).
Apple A12Z Bionic

At a glance

Name: Apple A12Z Bionic
Family: Apple A series (22)
CPU group: Apple A12/A12X/A12Z (3)
Architecture: A12
Technology: 7 nm
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 12
Predecessor: Apple A10X Fusion
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple A12Z Bionic has 8 cores. The clock frequency of the Apple A12Z Bionic is 2.49 GHz. An initial performance assessment can be made using the number of CPU cores.

CPU Cores / Threads: 8 / 8
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A-Core: 4x Vortex
B-Core: 4x Tempest
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 2.49 GHz
B-Core Frequency: 1.59 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AI hardware: Apple Neural Engine
AI specifications: 8 Neural cores @ 5 TOPS
NPU + CPU + iGPU: --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The Apple A12Z Bionic has an integrated graphics that the system can use to efficiently play back videos. The Apple A12Z Bionic has the Apple A12Z installed, which has 32 streaming multiprocessors (512 shaders).

GPU name: Apple A12Z
GPU frequency: 1.13 GHz
GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Compute units: 32
Shader: 512
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q1/2020
Max. displays: 1
Generation: 9
Direct X: --
Technology: 7 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 6 GB
Frame Generation: No

Hardware codec support

Processors with integrated graphics can process video codecs faster. Support for modern codecs can significantly increase system efficiency during video playback.

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 Apple A12Z Bionic supports a maximum of 6 GB memory. Depending on the mainboard, the processor can use a maximum of 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. This results in a maximum bandwidth of the main memory of 68.2 GB/s.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
LPDDR4X-4266
68.2 GB/s
Max. Memory: 6 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe:
PCIe Bandwidth: --

Thermal Management

The Apple A12Z Bionic has a TDP of 15 W. Based on the TDP, the system manufacturer can and must adapt the cooling solution to the processor.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 15 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: --

Technical details

Modern production reduces the waste heat of a processor and increases its efficiency. The Apple A12Z Bionic is made in 7 nm and has 8.00 MB cache.

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: Q1/2020
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: --

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Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Apple A12Z 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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Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-1030G4 Intel Core i5-1030G4
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
997
AMD EPYC 7702 AMD EPYC 7702
64C 128T @ 3.35 GHz
996
AMD EPYC 7702P AMD EPYC 7702P
64C 128T @ 3.35 GHz
996
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
991
Apple A12X Bionic Apple A12X Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
991
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
8C 16T @ 3.80 GHz
981
Valve Steam Deck (2023 Refresh) Valve Steam Deck (2023 Refresh)
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
975

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i7-5775C Intel Core i7-5775C
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
4601
Intel Core i7-4770K Intel Core i7-4770K
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
4593
Intel Core i7-4790 Intel Core i7-4790
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
4564
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
4539
Apple A12X Bionic Apple A12X Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
4539
Intel Core i7-1065G7 Intel Core i7-1065G7
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
4475
Intel Core i5-1035G7 Intel Core i5-1035G7
4C 8T @ 3.30 GHz
4430

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 i3-1005G1 Intel Core i3-1005G1
2C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
1126
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v6 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v6
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
1125
Intel Xeon W-2140B Intel Xeon W-2140B
8C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
1125
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
1124
Apple A12X Bionic Apple A12X Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
1124
Intel Xeon Gold 6210U Intel Xeon Gold 6210U
20C 40T @ 3.90 GHz
1124
Intel Core i9-8950HK Intel Core i9-8950HK
6C 12T @ 4.80 GHz
1124

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 i5-9400 Intel Core i5-9400
6C 6T @ 3.90 GHz
4722
Intel Core i5-9400F Intel Core i5-9400F
6C 6T @ 3.90 GHz
4722
Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-7700K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
4719
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
4718
Apple A12X Bionic Apple A12X Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
4718
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v6 Intel Xeon E3-1280 v6
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
4710
AMD Ryzen 3 5425U AMD Ryzen 3 5425U
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
4701

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 i3-1005G1 Intel Core i3-1005G1
2C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
1354
Intel Core i7-9750H Intel Core i7-9750H
6C 12T @ 4.50 GHz
1354
Intel Core i7-9750HF Intel Core i7-9750HF
6C 12T @ 4.50 GHz
1354
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
1351
Intel Xeon E3-1545M v5 Intel Xeon E3-1545M v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1348
Intel Xeon W-3223 Intel Xeon W-3223
8C 16T @ 4.20 GHz
1348
Intel Core i7-6700K Intel Core i7-6700K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
1347

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 Xeon E5-2643 v3 Intel Xeon E5-2643 v3
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
4822
Intel Core i7-8569U Intel Core i7-8569U
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
4820
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
4814
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
4798
AMD Ryzen 3 5425U AMD Ryzen 3 5425U
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
4796
Intel Core i5-10500T Intel Core i5-10500T
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
4790
Intel Xeon E-2314 Intel Xeon E-2314
4C 4T @ 2.80 GHz
4788

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.
Intel Core i3-1315UE Intel Core i3-1315UE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics 64 (Alder Lake) @ 1.20 GHz
1190
Intel Core i3-1315URE Intel Core i3-1315URE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics 64 (Alder Lake) @ 1.20 GHz
1190
AMD Ryzen 3 5425C AMD Ryzen 3 5425C
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Raven Ridge) @ 1.50 GHz
1153
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple A12Z @ 1.13 GHz
1152
AMD Ryzen 3 5425U AMD Ryzen 3 5425U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Renoir) @ 1.50 GHz
1152
AMD Ryzen Embedded V2546 AMD Ryzen Embedded V2546
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Renoir) @ 1.50 GHz
1152
AMD Ryzen Embedded V2516 AMD Ryzen Embedded V2516
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Renoir) @ 1.50 GHz
1152

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.
MediaTek Dimensity 8100 MediaTek Dimensity 8100
8C 8T @ 2.85 GHz
811000
Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
806250
Google Tensor G2 Google Tensor G2
8C 8T @ 2.85 GHz
789419
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
779044
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
729968
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
727650
Samsung Exynos 2100 Samsung Exynos 2100
8C 8T @ 2.90 GHz
724660

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 A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
717401
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
715600
Apple A12X Bionic Apple A12X Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
713640
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+
8C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
708964
Samsung Exynos 1080 Samsung Exynos 1080
8C 8T @ 2.80 GHz
688300
HiSilicon Kirin 9000 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
8C 8T @ 3.13 GHz
683679
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
651364

AI performance (NPU)

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is given here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher.

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 A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 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 A12Z Bionic is a fast smart device processor that the manufacturer Apple uses in some tablets (Apple iPad Pro). It is based on the normal Apple A12 smartphone processor, but has twice as many performance cores.

In total, the Apple A12Z Bionic has four performance CPU cores (Apple Vortex) that can clock at up to 2.49 GHz. These are supplemented by another four efficiency cores (Apple Tempest), which have a maximum speed of 1.59 GHz. The E cores are smaller, have a lower clock speed and require less energy.

The Apple A12Z Bionic already has hardware AI acceleration that significantly speeds up image and video processing. To do this, the manufacturer installs eight neural cores in the Apple A12Z Bionic, which achieve a theoretical AI computing power of 5 TOPS.

The integrated graphics of the Apple A12Z Bionic can clock at a maximum of 1.13 GHz and have 512 texture shaders. The graphics processing power of almost 1.2 TFLOPS (FP32) is really impressive for a mobile smart device processor and is fast enough for all mobile games.

The high graphics performance is also related to the fast LPDDR4X-4266 memory, which is connected to the SoC in two channels. The 6 GB of RAM achieves a maximum of 68.2 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

The TDP of the SoC is between 12 and 15 watts. Apple itself does not provide an exact TDP value for the Apple A12Z Bionic, so we used the energy consumption in benchmarks to estimate the TDP. The CPU and GPU part of the Apple A12Z Bionic share the maximum possible energy among themselves as required.

The Apple A12Z Bionic is manufactured at TSMC using a 7 nm manufacturing process. Apple usually uses the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturers latest production line to create the most efficient processors possible.



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