Early CPU scores suggest modest gains for iPhone 7’s A10 chip vs. iPad Pro’s A9X

By , Jul 14, 2016

A10 Geekbench early benchmarks TechTastic 001

Early Geekbench 3 benchmark of the Apple-designed A10 system-on-a-chip—which will be the next iPhone and iPad’s engine—was posted Thursday by Dutch blog TechTastic.nl. Purported scores suggest the device may not be much speedier than the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro. The upcoming chip scored a tad more than last year’s A9 powering the iPhone 6s series and a little bit faster than the A9X in the iPad Pro.

On the other hand, the benchmarked A10 is almost certainly a prototype unit so final scores should be higher than is currently the case.

The site received only single-core CPU scores. Benchmark results for dual-core CPU tests, as well as GPU scores, were not provided.

The alleged benchmark shows the A10 achieving a CPU score of 3,010.

By comparison, the previous-generation A9/A9X chips respectively scored 2,519/3,000 in single-core tests. In other words, the A10 squeezed only 491 points more than the iPhone 6s’s A9—a performance increase of about eighteen percent—and just ten points more than the iPad Pro’s A9X processor.

Final scores should be available by the time first A10-equipped iPhones and iPads start hitting and if history is anything to go by, the speed difference between the A10 and A9/A9X should become more pronounced.

That’s because early benchmarks of the A8 and A9 chips showed an identical performance increase of about eighteen percent but the final difference between them was 43 percent—a sizable improvement in performance.

Historically, each A-series processor was twice as fast as its predecessor. The iPhone 5’s A6 was more than 2x faster than the A5 chip in the iPhone 4s.

The A7 inside the iPhone 5s and iPad Air—the world’s first 64-bit mobile chip—was more than twice as fast as the A6 and the A8 in the iPhone 6 delivered percent faster CPU and eighty percent faster GPU performance versus the A7.

The iPad Pro’s A9X chip packs in even faster performance in terms of graphics, putting it roughly on par with Intel’s 2013 Core i5 in Geekbench’s GPU benchmarks.

Source: TechTastic.nl

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  • Obada Essa

    A7 is in the iPhone 5s and iPad (Air) not (Pro)

    Fix this ^

    • fixed

    • leart

      The A7 inside the iPhone 5s and iPad Air—the world’s first 64-bit mobile chip—was more than twice as fast as the A6 and the A8 in the iPhone 6 delivered percent faster CPU and eighty percent faster GPU performance versus the A7.

  • Jeffrey

    The picture says the A10 scores 3000 and the A9X scored 3010

    • Jay Dee

      Yeah I was kind of confused after seeing the picture and reading the article

      • Jerry

        yeah im lost here too

      • None of you read the article as it is explained here:

        “On the other hand, the benchmarked A10 is almost certainly a prototype unit so final scores should be higher than is currently the case.”

        So don’t lie and said you read it otherwise you would’ve said “well damn the unfinished product is on par so the finished product must be even better.

        On another note: I’ve stopped being wowed by speed increases years ago as it is always the case due to new iOS slowing older models down and new models being optimized for new iOS versions. Phones aren’t getting any faster, they’re just capable of running newer software more efficiently.

      • Jeffrey

        You probably didn’t read the full article yourself since the article itself says:

        ‘The alleged benchmark shows the A10 achieving a CPU score of 3,010.

        By comparison, the previous-generation A9/A9X chips respectively scored 2,519/3,000 in single-core tests.’

        So don’t lie and say you read 😉

    • Fedja

      They can’t improve IPC much without designing very large cores. This would affect on higher power consumption and/or lower clock rate. Cyclone IPC is on par with Haswell IPC and newest Intel CPUs aren’t much faster than Haswell… <10%. There is no more room for IPC without sacrifice. They can add more cores, more threads, better GPU, higher clock, new instructions. Final A10 version will be faster in single thread, because clock will be raised.

      • Jeffrey

        Okay I didn’t fully understand what you said but there are always new techniques which makes the impossible possible 🙂

      • Fedja

        They can optimise cores, and they can gain another 10% per clock and can raise clockspeed another 10%, which is maximum 20% in single thread performance, but if they want more than this, they must have wider cores with more execution units and more optimisations. This is main problem, because if you add more ALUs in paralel, you cant scale performance well as you can when add from two ALUs to four ALUs. So todays A9x has 4 ALUs and can issue 7 instructions at same time which is huge number. If you have hypotetical CPU with 8 ALUs and 14 execution ports you can gain only 20% at same clock, but you can loose frequency and gain more heat, so best is compromise between IPC and clock speed.

      • Fedja

        There is no new technique. Transistor technology is used for 46 years. Now they pushed this technology to the limit. They can’t make lower dissipation, they can’t make higher clock, and if they add more execution resources in parallel, they will raise dissipation and lower clocks, so they maybe can push little bit more IPC (instruction per cycle), but cost of this will be lower clock and higher dissipation. High performance CPU is compromise between high IPC and high clock and low dissipation/consumption.

  • Tim

    No other phone could beat the A9 interms of sheer speed, this A10 blows the competition out of the water. If this is real it’s impressive.

  • HamptonWalley

    Impressive, but no black color so i do not care

    • Xee

      I’m also really disappointed there is no black iPhone 7 🙁

  • 5723alex .

    The A10 will trash, as usual, the new Snapdragon 821/Exynos 8893 in performance.

  • Matt Perkins

    The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are both almost guaranteed to more than double the scores of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on the AnTuTu benchmark. The iPhone 6s scored 59,075 while the iPhone 6s Plus scored 58,664. The SE scored 117,207 and I can’t imagine Apple letting the SE outscore the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the AnTuTu. The iPad Pro 9.7 inch model scored 156,667 on the benchmark which is better than even the Note 7. So the real question is how close will the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come to the 156,667 benchmark? If the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus surpass the 145,143 of the Note 7 they will be the fastest smartphones available.

    • Ryan

      My 6s Plus scores 141,000 in Antutu, not sure where you got 59,000 from