Apple A9 chips go against the Galaxy S7 chips: win some, lose some

The Samsung Galaxy S7, in all likelihood, will come powered by two different chipsets - Samsung's own Exynos 8890, and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 - if all rumors so far are any indication. The chip that the S7 will ship with, would apparently depend on the region, with the US getting the Snapdragon versions, as usual.

In any case, benchmarks of these latest processors from Samsung and Qualcomm have already been popping up with eyewatering results, but we haven't seen their performance directly compared with Apple's finest, until now. In the leaked table above, the Exynos 8890 and Snapdragono 820, as they will allegedly be found in the Galaxy S7, have been pitted against not only against the Apple A9 chip in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but also against Apple's brawnier 9X, which is used in its most powerful tablet to date, the iPad Pro.

The A9X is not only clocked higher than the A9, at 2.26 GHz vs 1.85 GHz maximums per core, but it also sports double the memory bandwidth, and a blazing 12-core GPU, too. All these advantages combined make for a top score on the single-core Geekbench test, and a pretty substantial performance on the multi-core test. The octa-core Exynos scores are much higher in the multi-core test, though, as can be expected. Looking at those results, it's hard to fathom what any mobile app or even game can throw at these chips without being chewed up and spat out for breakfast.

source: cnBeta (Weibo)



1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Competition is good. No need for bashings or trollings here.

8. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

2016 is looking bright...

37. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

This looks more like buggati phenomenon where they sold cars at their own expense.Volkswagon knew this would happen but just to showcase their advancement in automobiles they sold veyrons.It might be the same case with samsung selling exynos chipsets at their own expense cause it makes sense because if exynos was faster why would they even use SD chipsets for their flagship.IMO the ones who get exynos S7 are really lucky.Just my thoughts.

74. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Samsung will use Snapdragon in CDMA-countries. Others will have a superior Exynos version.

109. FluffyBled unregistered

Yep that will most probably be me. That's some crazy multicore and a great singlecore!

125. Krjal

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

You're right. The 'halo' product phenomenon is well documented in marketing and now that mobile chipsets are ubiquitous and moving into the mindshare of the general populous the strategy's being leveraged here too. I don't necessarily agree with you on the efficacy of either chipset though. In real world performance they'll likely be indistinguishable.

108. Acer_Predator unregistered

yeah but this is completely uses showing these minimal differences.. this is only published to show naive youth higher number is better so they will go for that not realising there is no difference or better AT ALL.. but pathetic/naive ppl believes this crap.. And that is all about.. poor manufacturers they doing all tbis just bcos of naive and stupid youth.. adults are less bothered.. youth ppl by naivety and stupidity forcing manufs doing all these chips higher, faster, etc bcos many those even here are kids and they see higher number so they like that.. on other side there are stupid naive ppl which they go for famous brand name.. or they see others so they will go for same.. because "everybody elses got it..

120. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

You leave those manufacturers no choice. So they focus on benching high scores.

126. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not everyone is a tech nerd, if somebody called you stupid because you know nothing in their field you wouldn't like it.

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Comparing SD 820 & Exynos 8890 with A10 & A10X will be a good comparison.Apple soc's are like intel processors in mobile industry.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

One will always have a 6 month advantage.

15. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

No. Not this time. Can't you see the single core score? Apple win this time too.. And will win next time too for sure. Don't be fanboyish.

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

21. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Why outside links mate? See up plz

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Not outside. Check the front page of geekbench:

26. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Why go that far idiot? Can't you look up? What's your problem dumb ass...

29. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Clearly multi-core score rustled your jimmies.

34. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010


111. Acer_Predator unregistered

you are stupid idiot when single core test is totally useless and pointless for stupid kiddos like you... Answer this question : why mobile manufs. making multi core phones? And this one :which app runs on one core and never will be more cores involved? DUMBASS...

129. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

where is he now? did he drown on his own stupidity? lol

112. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Which is out that bothered you, that he showed you were wrong, or that he showed Apple wasn't best?

121. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Both! *LMAO*

27. TyrionLannister unregistered

The amount of ignorance in this comment(and the other reply to me) is too damn high!

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think you're confusion ignorance with stupidity.

113. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's neither. It's rationalizing.

43. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

The Exynos 8890 results were in starting of September so when they enter in mass production and equip the new Galaxy S7, they will have superior results in Geekbench. The 8890 still wasn't full honed and optimized.

94. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Same go for the SD820.

76. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Still multicore matters a lot more.

93. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Some ppl are blind. Before Apple destroyed other soc in single core. This is just been a bit better. they are getting closer and closer and anyone not seeing this is the Fanborish.

99. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

If you knew anything about this stuff you would know that for years now Apple has usually led in the smartphone SoC single-core score, whilst Samsung has led in the multi-core score. Nothing is really different this time.

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