Apple A9 vs A10 Fusion

We compared the 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR GT7600) with the newer 4-core A10 Fusion (PowerVR GT7600) 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 A9
  • Has a smaller size transistor (14 versus 16 nm)
Pros of Apple A10 Fusion
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Announced 1-year later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~38%)
  • Shows better (up to 36%) AnTuTu 9 score – 301K vs 221K
  • 26% higher CPU clock speed (2340 vs 1850 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
221669
A10 Fusion +36%
301058
CPU 69795 94978
GPU 67333 92122
Memory 34249 41888
UX 51862 72094
Total score 221669 301058

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
526
A10 Fusion +47%
774
Multi-Core Score
966
A10 Fusion +45%
1397
Image compression 53.4 Mpixels/s 65.5 Mpixels/s
Face detection 8.17 images/s 10.2 images/s
Speech recognition 21 words/s 26.1 words/s
Machine learning 26.2 images/s 27.5 images/s
Camera shooting 12.3 images/s 14.3 images/s
HTML 5 1.36 Mnodes/s 1.83 Mnodes/s
SQLite 314.4 Krows/s 427.2 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
n/a
2581
Stability - 62%
Graphics test - 15 FPS
Score - 2581

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Apple A9 and A10 Fusion

CPU

Architecture 2x 1.85 GHz – Twister 2x 2.34 GHz – Hurricane
2x 1.05 GHz – Zephyr
Cores 2 4
Frequency 1850 MHz 2340 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 128 KB 64 KB
L2 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 14 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 3.3 billion
TDP 5 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name PowerVR GT7600 PowerVR GT7600
Architecture Rogue Rogue
GPU frequency 650 MHz 900 MHz
Execution units 6 6
Shading units 192 196
FLOPS - 115 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 1.2 2.0
DirectX version 11 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1333 MHz -
Bus 2x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s -
Max size 4 GB 3 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Apple M9 No
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 1920 x 1080 2048 x 1536
Max camera resolution 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265 H.264, H.265, VC-1, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem Qualcomm MDM9635M Qualcomm MDM9645M
4G support LTE Cat. 6 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 450 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 100 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2015 September 2016
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number APL0898 -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A10 Fusion and Apple A9, or ask any questions
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cristiano ronaldo 05 December 2021 21:01
I wonder how the iPhone 7 is 16nm but the iPhone 6S is 14nm
+62 Reply
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Tammy Sharon Loretta Stafford 26 April 2021 16:45
The only difference I detect is a faster and smoother gaming experience
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