Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Sep 2017 16:40 UTC

With the iPhone X revealed, we really have to start talking about its processor and SoC - the A11 Bionic. It's a six-core chip with two high-power cores, four low-power cores, and this year, for the first time, includes an Apple-designed custom GPU. It also has what Apple calls a Neural Engine, designed to speed up tasks such as face recognition.

Apple already had a sizeable performance lead over competing chips from Qualcomm (what Android phones use) in single-core performance, and the A11 blasts past those in multicore performance, as well. Moreover, the A11 also performs better than quite a number of recent desktop Intel chips from the Core i5 and i7 range, which is a big deal.

For quite a few people it's really hard to grasp just how powerful these chips are - and to a certain extent, it feels like much of that power is wasted in an iPhone, which is mostly doing relatively mundane tasks anyway. Now that Apple is also buildings its own GPUs, it's not a stretch to imagine a number of mobile GPU makers feeling a bit... Uneasy.

At some point, these Apple Ax chips will find their way to something more sizable than phones and tablets.

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RE[2]: Performance
by Alfman on Thu 14th Sep 2017 00:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Performance"
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Thom Holwerda,

Nothing suspect about it. That's Jeff Atwood, and those are GeekBench numbers. you can look them up yourself.

You can't always take benchmarks for granted, it takes time for independent benchmarks to confirm the results. I was browsing geekbench results and I was surprised at how inconsistent the results were even for different runs on the exact same CPU.

For example:

These huge discrepancies could mean there's a problem with the benchmark, or they're being bottlenecked by components other than the CPU, in which case it's not a good benchmark to use to strictly compare CPU performance.

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