How the A9 SoC compares to PC hardware!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lamborghini392, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. lamborghini392 macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Just looking at Geekbench benchmarks of the new A9 chip and being an avid PC builder and familiar with the perform of PC hardware, I started browsing the regular CPU results to see what it compared to. Here is a chart to give you a feel of how powerful the A9 is (even phone CPUs in general)


    The A9 is more powerful than the latest i5 5200U laptop CPU in both single core and multi cores. I forgot to include it in the chart, but the i3 4130 desktop CPU is on par with the A9. That alone is pretty amazing considering the A9 is a dual core mobile CPU. For the lols: the new i7 6700k at stock speeds scored a 4979 in single core and 20014 in multi core.

    Also more pretty cool info... the PowerVR GT7600 is more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3 GPUs:


    For the lols: The most powerful desktop GPU, AMD's R9 Fury X2, has just over 17000 GFlops.

    Obviously still a LONG ways away from enthusiast hardware, but considering the size and power consumption of the A9 SoC, it is a pretty amazing piece of engineering. Will be interesting to see how the upcoming Snapdragon 820 and Exynos M1 compares. Very possible this is old information for some of you guys but I just though I'd share anyways.
  2. VforVelveta macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    I'm curious what the A9X will be like, if its anything like the A8X was to the A8 should be a pretty beefy piece of hardware.
  3. MaciMac100 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2014
    Geekbench 3 is not reflective of real world usage. Big 8MB cache could twist results if benchmark data fits in it. Also mobile and computer Geekbench 3 benchmarks work differently.

    However, I agree that Apple A9 is very powerful indeed.
  4. cbrand493 macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2015
    Perth, Australia
    Interesting to see because the i7 920 was a beast in its day! Used to overclock them a fair bit and with the tri channel ram really made a sweet setup. Can't believe that's a 2008 processor! Swear it was only last year :p.
  5. lamborghini392 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2015
    All Geekbench scores are calibrated to a baseline of 2500 if that's what you're talking about. It is supposed to be a cross-platform benchmark so the testing method used to calculate the score should be relatively the same. ARM vs the x86-64 instruction set might skew data, but the point is that the A9 is very powerful :D
  6. Subwaymac macrumors regular


    Apr 1, 2009
    I doubt it would beat my 2008 MacBook in performance.
  7. MaciMac100 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2014
    I meant that if desktop datasets were used on mobile, Geekbench would take over 30 mins to complete on Atom x3 tablet.

    But, like I said Apple A9 is impressive, best mobile SoC design today.

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