Whether for its processing speed or graphic rendering, Chip Systems are very useful for the operations of any smart device. Therefore, today we will evaluate different processors in a comparison between Apple A13 Bionic Vs A12x Vs Intel Core i7 9750H.
Next, we will demonstrate its specifications and we will give a verdict regarding multiple categories that make an SoC a high-performance technology.
Our first topic will be the process technology, in charge of determining the energy consumption capacities and the performance of these SoC processors. The Systems on Chip (SoC) is the integration of all or a large part of the modules that make up a computer or any other electronic system into a single integrated circuit or chip.
We will start with the Apple A13, the most recent acquisition of the Apple company, being the successor to the A12. This SoC is built (as far as it has been revealed) with 7nm process technology that will be optimized by improved ultraviolet lithography, highlighting the use of 8.5 billion transistors, making it (according to the company) 40% more powerful than its previous version. In contrast, belonging to the same company, we have the A12x a version found in the iPad Pro 11 and 12.5-inch, which has 10 billion transistors, this variant of the A12 is 35% more efficient and 90% faster than the A10x.
A fundamental difference should be noted, this is that both the A13 and the A12x belong to devices such as smartphones and tablets, while Intel Core i7 is more suitable for laptops.
According to Intel, the SoC is manufactured in an improved 14nm (14nm ++) process. Compared to the predecessor, the Core i7-8750H, the 9750H offers improved clock rates and more L3 cache for better performance and has approximately 2.99 Billion transistors. Intel specifies the TDP with 45 watts and therefore the i7 is only suited for big laptops with good cooling solutions. Using cTDP-down, the CPU can also be configured to 35 Watt resulting in reduced performance.
The Apple A13 is the latest microprocessor of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, guaranteeing the power of the high-end of these devices. This SoC designed by Apple and built by TSMC, guarantees (according to Apple) a CPU that can do 1 trillion operations per second, in addition, The two high-performance cores are 20% faster than previous high-performance cores and consume 30% less battery. The four high-efficiency cores are used most of the time to get great battery life.
A12X Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPad Pro 11 and 12.5-inch from 2018, and features an Apple-designed 64-bit ARMv8-A octa-core CPU, with four high-performance cores called Vortex and four energy-efficient cores called Tempest. The 8 cores are divided into four performance cores and four power-efficiency cores (up from the 6 cores in the A12 of the iPhone XS). Compared to the previous A10X in the old iPad Pro models, Apple advertises up to 95% higher performance of the CPU cores.
On the other hand, the Intel Core i7 9750H is a high-end processor for laptops with six cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture. The processor clocks at between 2.6 and 4.5 GHz (4 GHz with 6 cores) and can execute up to twelve threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. In addition, it is endowed with a better-optimized performance in general terms, the increase in frequency and cache make the rendering capacity in both multi-core and single-core higher quality and efficiency.
Moving to the GPU section, the Apple A13 gets an own-designed quad-core GPU as well as the A12x. But the generation gap makes the A13 have a lot of improvements over the A12 Bionic chip. If we believe in what Apple claims, the A13 will deliver 20% faster speed and 40% great power efficiency over the A12’s GPU. And, finally, the Neural Engine has eight cores and is 20% faster while consuming 15% less power.
According to Apple, the A12x is the fastest smartphone/tablet graphics card in 2018, thanks to a new GPU with 7 cores, the M12 Motion co-processor and a (like the A13) it has a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second.
Finally, the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer slightly higher performance than its previous version as its clock rate has been increased by 50 MHz. The architecture is identical to that of the Intel HD Graphics 630. Therefore, we do expect a performance improvement, but as a low-end solution, it will probably only display current games smoothly at reduced details.
A13 is “the best machine learning platform in any smartphone thanks to a number of improvements” according to Apple. The major one is new dedicated accelerators in the CPU that allow the phone to carry out one of the most common machines learning tasks, matrix multiplication, 6 times faster.
It comes with a Machine Learning Controller, which allows ML models to be scheduled across the CPU, GPU and the Neural Engine, making this a fully integrated platform that can balance efficiency and performance. It can be used for on-device natural language processing, image classification in photos and videos, character animation in AR apps, and a lot more. There’s a new component in the chip, known internally as the “AMX” or “matrix” co-processor, to handle some math-heavy tasks, so the main chip doesn’t have to. That may help with computer vision and augmented reality, which Apple is pushing a core feature of its mobile devices.
The A12X, like the A12, has Apple’s eight-core Neural Engine, which is designed for real-time machine learning tasks like recognizing faces. The Neural Engine is an eight-core chip that’s capable of up to 5 trillion operations per second. Also in tow is a smart compute system that automatically determines whether to run algorithms on the processor, GPU, neural engine, or a combination of all three.
The 9th Generation Intel processors are equipped with Intel Iris Plus graphics, which offer large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in computers. With accelerated performance of approximately 2.5 times of AI at, approximately 2 times better graphics performance, wireless speeds of almost 3 times faster with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig +) and the fastest and most versatile port available through Thunderbolt 3 technology, these processors offer a new level of integration that allows to enhance the experiences of using computers today and in the future.
After a long comparison, we have reached a conclusion. But first, we want to mention that the microprocessors evaluated are integrated into different devices, therefore, their performance against competition varies and it would not be fair to decide if one is better than another. However, this did not stop one of them, after making an analysis of the relative capabilities between them, we reached a verdict, and this is that the A12X is the highest performing SoC among those present. (This choice was made based on the fact that, although it tied in punctuation with the A13, the Apple A13 Bionic is very recent and therefore its characteristics have not been fully disclosed to the public)
This SoC is mainly used in tablets of the Apple brand in which it performs with optimal processing when playing videos, applications or other tasks you need to perform. Normally, the one that would take the prize would be a more recent model such as the A13 or one that is used for powerful gaming interface processing, such as the Intel Core i7 9750H, to which we respond, not necessarily, since the sum of its parts make the A12X a complete device for its capabilities.