A10 Fusion Chip in iPhone 7 Plus Outperforms iPad Pro's A9X in Benchmark Tests

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    What appears to be a legitimate benchmark of an iPhone 7 Plus with an A10 Fusion processor has been spotted on Geekbench, and its performance scores are impressive. The A10 Fusion in the iPhone 7 Plus outperforms all existing iOS devices equipped with A9 and A9X processors, including the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE, and the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

    The iPhone 7 Plus received a single-core score of 3233 and a multi-core score of 5363. Comparatively, the iPhone 6s Plus averages a single-core score of 2407 and a multi-core score of 4046, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which has the highest-clocked A9X chip, has an average single-core score of 3009 and an average multi-core score of 4881.


    The iPhone 7 Plus is approximately 33 percent faster than the iPhone 6s when it comes to both single and multi-core scores, and approximately 7 percent faster than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on single-core tests and nearly 10 percent faster on multi-core tests.


    Apple's A10 chip is running at 2.23 GHz, which is potentially under-clocked because rumors suggested it would be capable of running at 2.4 to 2.45GHz. The A9X in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro runs at 2.2GHz, while the A9 in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus runs at 1.8GHz.

    In marketing materials, Apple says the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, running two times faster than the iPhone 6 with graphics performance that's up to three times faster. In Geekbench tests, the iPhone 7 Plus did indeed double the performance of the iPhone 6 Plus on both multi and single-core tests.

    The A10 Fusion built into the iPhone 7 is a four-core processor with two high-power cores for handling system intensive tasks and two high-efficiency cores that kick in for less intensive processes to save battery life. Apple says that the iPhone 7 should offer approximately two hours more battery life than the iPhone 6s on average and the iPhone 7 Plus should offer approximately one hour of additional battery life compared to the iPhone 6s Plus.

    Article Link: A10 Fusion Chip in iPhone 7 Plus Outperforms iPad Pro's A9X in Benchmark Tests
  2. randymac09 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2014
    Too bad there's literally no way to listen to music on this POS.

  3. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    2 processors? So is that 2 processors with 2 cores each?
  4. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    should they remove the "pro" moniker from the ipad if it's at the same level of a phone?
  5. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
    I don't think all four CPU's will run at the same time. So yeah, effectively two separate CPU's. However, they could probably change that behavior in an update.
  6. ryanmcv macrumors 6502a


    Aug 12, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    If this is indeed legitimate, it confirms that the iPhone 7 Plus has 3 GB of RAM.
  7. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    I'd remove it for many reasons, but not for its processor. Also, there's kind of a Pro 2 on the way...
  8. Arminnn89 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Manchester, UK
    it seems jail break is much much sexier now, i can use both on same time soon :D
  9. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    My A9X iPad is super fast. Faster than that in a phone, driving fewer pixels? Awesome!
  10. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Considering iOS 10 is pretty fast on the 6s, I'm excited for this.
  11. iamnotme macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2015
    SW Ontario, Canada
    My Visa is already warmed up. Midnite is so far away.....
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    Richardgm macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
  13. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
    Can't wait to see what an A10X looks like in the next iPad Pro.
  14. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    My iPad Pro 12 inch has a score of 3231 and 5481 which is about the same or slightly better then the new iPhone 7
  15. iHorta macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2011
  16. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
  17. alleggerita macrumors 6502


    Dec 19, 2011
    Finally Apple ushers in quad-core. I'm sure non-gamers and non-pro-apps users will see much much better battery life because it'll be running on the lower powered cores most of the time.
  18. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    I am legitimately excited for Chipworks to open this up.

    Will be interesting to see the iPad Pro updated with A10X Fusion :eek:
  19. Avenged110 macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2010
    Greatest Country on Earth
    It'd be cool if one could exclusively use the high efficiency cores for better battery life.
  20. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
  21. Waxhead138, Sep 8, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2016

    Waxhead138 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2012
    I have a 6. My instincts tell me to leave it on IOS9 and that 10 will choke my phone pretty badly. For those that have tested 10....opinions?

    Edit: Thanks all for the input. And amazingly everyone seems to be on the same page, so I'll give 10 a shot.
  22. wdowell macrumors member


    Jul 6, 2008
    Move about - UK, FR, BE
    Its a bit meaningless as the 4 cores will virtually never all be pumping out full power - that's the whole point - supposed to be running minimally and cool where possible.
  23. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Consistent with what Phil Shiller said yesterday being 2X the performance of the iPhone 6. Actually better.
  24. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    My 6s Plus and iPad 9.7" Pro are both so fast already that I find myself not totally frothing at the mouth for this. Sure I'll always take more speed, but for the first time ever, I'm not impatiently awaiting the speed upgrade. In fact, I'm asking myself if I'll even notice the additional performance. There is absolutely NOTHING slow about my current-gen devices.

    And I've owned every iPhone since the 3G, and most prior generation iPads, and this was never true before. In comparison the iPhone 6 was kind of a dog, and the page and app reloads annoying. But not anymore with the A9/A9x.

    The fact that Apple took it such a huge step further with the 10 is nuts in the best way possible. I love it. I also dig that they both boosted performance and efficiency with the lower powered cores. Nice move.
  25. Casfin macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2016
    At this point, these numbers (for any phone benchmark) are meaningless.
    The real world observational differences in typical day to day use would be unnoticeable.

    There was a time you'd see a difference, but over the last 5 years phones are so fast, no one will see any kind of difference.

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