A14 Bionic vs A12X Bionic

We compared the 6-core Apple A14 Bionic (Apple GPU) with the older 8-core A12X Bionic (Apple A12X Bionic GPU) SoC. Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Announced 1-year and 11-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Supports 38% higher memory bandwidth (42.7 against 31 GB/s)
  • 24% higher CPU clock speed (3100 vs 2500 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A12X Bionic
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Shows better (up to 9%) AnTuTu 9 score – 802K vs 737K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
737882
802995
CPU 199661 175725
GPU 262671 384508
Memory 132086 118667
UX 136404 123792
Total score 737882 802995

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A14 Bionic +44%
1604
Multi-Core Score
4141
4656
Image compression 171.5 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 33.6 images/s -
Speech recognition 94.8 words/s -
Machine learning 93.1 images/s -
Camera shooting 38.7 images/s -
HTML 5 4.5 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 1060 Krows/s -

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 75% -
Graphics test 47 FPS -
Score 7882 -

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of A14 Bionic and A12X Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 3.1 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
4x 2.5 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.59 GHz – Tempest
Cores 6 8
Frequency 3100 MHz 2500 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.5-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 2048 KB
L2 cache 8 MB 8 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 11.8 billion 10 billion
TDP 6 W 15 W

Graphics

GPU name Apple GPU Apple A12X Bionic GPU
Execution units 4 7
FLOPS - 1300 Gigaflops
Vulkan version - 1.1
OpenCL version - 2.0
DirectX version - 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency - 2133 MHz
Bus - 2x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 42.7 Gbit/s 31 Gbit/s
Max size 6 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Neural Engine Yes
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 2732 x 2048 2732 x 2048
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 8K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+ Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC v2, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed - Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed - Up to 350 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2020 October 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number APL1W01 -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A12X Bionic and A14 Bionic, or ask any questions
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SomeRandomGuy 14 March 2022 13:52
A14 has a way more powerful neural engine which even crushes most laptops and plus its eye watering 2000 gflops half-precision performance leaves the a12x in the dust. By the way, if the a14 had the same number of cores as the a12x don’t expect even the M1 to beat monster A14 Bionic.
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JAW 15 June 2021 09:34
If you’re looking for gaming go with the a12x/z. Better workstation a14.
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Anti JAW 12 August 2021 10:32
Nope Workstation=A12x bionic(more cores and better multi-core power) Gaming =A14 bionic (better cpu power , better ram and supports latest updates on GPU) But who uses a chipset for workstation purposes lol
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op a12x 16 December 2020 19:15
a12x is so op! It's Multi-Core is more stronger than a14
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deeznutz 27 December 2021 01:29
They are both multi-core but a14 has 6 cores and a12x has 8 cores. Other than that a14 has more CPU power and more operations per second with the neural engine.
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jki 09 December 2020 04:44
All in all, what you can do and how they perform is very similar and within the tasks you throw at both of them, they will both deal with them with ease. The two biggest difference between these two devices would be that one uses face ID (2018) and the other uses finger print scanning and one is 120hz and the other is only 60hz. If you are thinking of buying an ipad, I would strongly recommend you to go with the ipad 2018. I know some people might not feel very comfortable with buying a device that is already 2 years old over one that just came out in 2020 but the 120hz is too good to give up. Also, if you are someone that wants to buy an ipad to had write alot. The ipad 2018 seems like the best device for you.
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Ahmed 04 January 2021 19:34
What is best for games and watching movies? Is A14 or A12X
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Thoriq 20 March 2021 17:00
Ahmed, A12x for sure. I have a 2018 ipad pro and it literally crushes every games
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RAJAT 02 December 2020 19:02
A12X GOT 2 EXTRA CORES AND CO-PROCESSOR SO THAT ITS PERFORMANCE IS WAY TO HIGHER THAN A14
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TYM 04 December 2020 02:55
Um no That doesn’t mean that the performance will be much better also A14 is more power efficient
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Lando 06 December 2021 15:45
TYM, I mean. there are pros and cons, but overall the A14 is slightly better, but that doesn't mean that the A12X isn't a powerhouse.
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