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Apple A9 vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR GT7600) with the newer 6-core A14 Bionic (Apple 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
  • Shows significantly better (up to 3.6x) AnTuTu 8 score – 616K vs 173K
  • Announced 5-years and 1-month later
  • Has 4 more cores
  • Supports 187% higher memory bandwidth (42.7 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 14 nm)
  • 62% higher CPU clock speed (2990 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
173117
A14 Bionic +256%
616496
CPU 70699 173864
GPU 36687 208037
Memory 31959 106696
UX 35338 93575
Total score 173117 616496

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
547
A14 Bionic +194%
1608
Multi-Core Score
1003
A14 Bionic +286%
3874
Image compression 53.4 Mpixels/s 174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection 9.04 images/s 33.7 images/s
Speech recognition 21.9 words/s 95.65 words/s
Machine learning 26.3 images/s 95.8 images/s
Camera shooting 12.2 images/s 38.45 images/s
HTML 5 1.34 Mnodes/s 4.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 313 Krows/s 1060 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Apple A9 and A14 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 1.85 GHz – Twister 2x 2.99 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores 2 6
Frequency 1850 MHz 2990 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.4-A
L2 cache 3 MB -
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
Process 14 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 11.8 billion
TDP 5 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name PowerVR GT7600 Apple GPU
Architecture Rogue -
GPU frequency 650 MHz -
Execution units 6 4
Shading units 192 -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 1.2 -
DirectX version 11 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 1333 MHz -
Bus 2x 32 Bit -
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 4 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No Neural Engine
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 1920 x 1080 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution 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, VP9, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

Modem Qualcomm MDM9635M -
4G support LTE Cat. 6 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No Yes
Download speed Up to 450 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 4 6
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2015 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W01

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
13 (23.6%)
42 (76.4%)
Total votes: 55

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and Apple A9, or ask any questions
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Guest #872 18 January 2021 18:15
Sheeeeeessssshhh although the iPhone 6 was released ages ago 3.5 times improvement is massive!
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Kattupanni 02 February 2021 20:33
It’s actually 6s Also its been 5 years I find A12x which released 2yrs ago more better at the time than a14
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