Apple A9 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR GT7600) with the newer 6-core A15 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 A15 Bionic
  • Announced 6-years and 1-month later
  • Shows significantly better (up to 3.6x) AnTuTu 9 score – 788K vs 221K
  • 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)
  • 75% higher CPU clock speed (3240 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~85%)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
221669
A15 Bionic +256%
788951
CPU 69795 206346
GPU 67333 299167
Memory 34249 156317
UX 51862 133445
Total score 221669 788951

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
526
A15 Bionic +228%
1727
Multi-Core Score
966
A15 Bionic +395%
4784
Image compression 53.4 Mpixels/s 224.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 8.17 images/s 43.1 images/s
Speech recognition 21 words/s 136.1 words/s
Machine learning 26.2 images/s 104.9 images/s
Camera shooting 12.3 images/s 49.3 images/s
HTML 5 1.36 Mnodes/s 5.64 Mnodes/s
SQLite 314.4 Krows/s 1270 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
n/a
9483
Stability - 82%
Graphics test - 56 FPS
Score - 9483

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Apple A9 and A15 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 1.85 GHz – Twister 2x 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 2 6
Frequency 1850 MHz 3240 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache 128 KB 256 KB
L2 cache 3 MB 32 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 14 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 15 billion
TDP 5 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name PowerVR GT7600 Apple GPU
Architecture Rogue -
GPU frequency 650 MHz 1200 MHz
Execution units 6 5
Shading units 192 640
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 1.2 -
DirectX version 11 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1333 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 4 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Apple M9 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, VP8, 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. 24
5G support No Yes
Download speed Up to 450 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 5 6
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

Announced September 2015 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number APL0898 APL1W07

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