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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 4 MB larger L3 cache size than the A10 Fusion
  • Has a smaller size transistor (14 versus 16 nm)
Pros of Apple A10 Fusion
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Announced 1-year later
  • Shows significantly better (up to 48%) AnTuTu 8 score – 253K vs 171K
  • Higher GPU frequency (~38%)
  • 26% higher CPU clock speed (2340 vs 1850 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
171225
A10 Fusion +48%
253483
CPU 70699 47633
GPU 36687 78628
Memory 31959 33145
UX 35338 24576
Total score 171225 253483

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
547
A10 Fusion +42%
779
Multi-Core Score
999
A10 Fusion +42%
1420
Image compression 53.4 Mpixels/s 65.95 Mpixels/s
Face detection 9.04 images/s 12.5 images/s
Speech recognition 21.9 words/s 27.5 words/s
Machine learning 26.3 images/s 29.55 images/s
Camera shooting 12.2 images/s 15.3 images/s
HTML 5 1.34 Mnodes/s 1.83 Mnodes/s
SQLite 313 Krows/s 426.85 Krows/s

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 0 GHz – Zephyr
Cores 2 4
Frequency 1850 MHz 2340 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 64 KB
L2 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache 8 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 32 Bit -
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s -
Max size 4 GB 3 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No 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 4 5
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2015 September 2016
Class Flagship Flagship

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