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Exynos 990 vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Samsung Exynos 990 (Mali-G77 MP11) with the newer 6-core Apple 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 Samsung Exynos 990
  • Has 2 more cores
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 16%) AnTuTu 8 score – 598K vs 517K
  • Announced 11-months later
  • 10% higher CPU clock speed (2990 vs 2730 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
517087
A14 Bionic +16%
598304
CPU 152105 173864
GPU 218710 208037
Memory 80184 106696
UX 73155 93575
Total score 517087 598304

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A14 Bionic +70%
1582
Multi-Core Score
2726
A14 Bionic +40%
3826
Image compression 148.8 Mpixels/s 174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection 20.4 images/s 33.7 images/s
Speech recognition 50.7 words/s 95.65 words/s
Machine learning 55.4 images/s 95.8 images/s
Camera shooting 27.5 images/s 38.45 images/s
HTML 5 1.61 Mnodes/s 4.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 813.1 Krows/s 1060 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 990 and A14 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.73 GHz – Exynos M5
2x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 2.99 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2730 MHz 2990 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.4-A
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 11.8 billion
TDP 9 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G77 MP11 Apple GPU
Architecture Valhall -
GPU frequency 850 MHz -
Execution units 11 4
Shading units 176 -
FLOPS 1196 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 4096 x 2160 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution 1x 108MP, 2x 25MP -
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 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 Exynos 5123 -
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 3000 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 422 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced October 2019 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W01
Official page Samsung Exynos 990 official site -

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