iPad Air 2 (Apple A8X) benchmarks reveal tri-core CPU surprise, 2GB of RAM confirmed

Apple unveiled the iPad Air 2, claiming the world’s thinnest tablet title, but the second generation of the airy tablet also packs some serious punch coming with the Apple A8X system chip…
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40. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Those are the average scores according to Geekbench Also its well know that benchmark scores will vary E.g. http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/1064182http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/893679 And the Core M's TDP is actually on par with Apple's and is able to be used in thin fanless tablets And clockrate doesn't matter since the Core M will still perform at least on par with the i5-4300U Also by the time the A9X is release Intel will release Skylake, which will most likely still be a head of A9X

48. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Alright, if it is an average score, that puts it at about 20-30% ahead in performance, at double the TDP. Hence not contradicting to what I said. As for the Core M, I'll believe it when I see some benchmarks from actual fanless products. Even if it matches the Core i5, I don't see what's stopping Apple from upping the frequency and surpassing Intel once both architectures reach node parity. With fully integrated software and hardware, Apple can do better and cheaper than what is possible with second party chips

44. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You said: the A8X will be faster than respective Intel chips Which they aren't and now you claim to have stated it matches the i5, which it clearly doesn't.

47. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Indeed I stated "respective" and I stand behind it. Read again, I specifically referred to the Y series, which is the lowest voltage Intel Core chip and the closest one to compare with Apple A chips. The Core i5 4300-U is a 15W TDP class, and hence non comparable in performance per watt. But Apple, like I said, "almost" matches it in performance.

20. musi722

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

The Denver cores are clocked at 2.3 GHz but the cyclone's are at 1.5 GHz each so...

25. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

So? Just curios.

27. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

It's actually clocked at 2.5GHz in the test where it got these scores.

26. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

With K1 here rocking at 2.5GHz compared to A8X's 1.5GHz, I'd say A8X is still pretty impressive in single core performance even though the score's a bit lower. And you seem to forget it's gonna be wild at graphics too, with alleged 2.5x the performance of A7, that's 150% faster, compared to A8's 50% faster. Coupled with iOS 8 Metal, we may see some crazy stuff on iPad real soon.

38. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

With Metal, this should easily run GTA V

43. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

But can it run Crysis? :P

82. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Actually, it should be able to run Crysis. If you make the calcualtion the A8X should have a GPU slightly better than a PS3/XB360. And the original Crysis was running on those consoles. So yes, it can run Crysis if they port it. ;P

65. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

GTA V! hhhhhhhhhhhh you made may day.. even the K1 who have better GPU(i say better GPU not CPU) cant run GTA V

76. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

K1 has slower GPU than A8X.

83. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Marginally so.

77. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

manhattan offscreen 1080p K1 and A8X have the same performance

78. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

You should research metal vs open gl before you embarrass yourself even more.

29. blingblingthing

Posts: 919; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Triple core CPU? 2gb of Ram? Quad Core GPU? I thought only unoptimised OSes needed these things?

70. Iodine

Posts: 1474; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The GPU is hexacore. And can you even imagine how much can a super optimized OS do with this kind of percormance ?

33. abhishek2201

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Well what a surprise (or not). Consider how much of money, time, resources and British accent Apple expends on advertising it sure forgot to stress on the iPad Air 2's biggest selling points. The multi-core performance is an amazing surprise. In fact considering it's a tablet, multitasking needs hold a greater stage over single core power (which was fast enough already). GPU, Kepler is a monster, I think Apple has done well to offer over 80% of its performance. Infact if it's really Imagination PowerVR GX6650 on board the overall real world performance would be equal. I am a both Android and iOS user, and honestly I find Android more powerful, flexible (more so thanks to XDA) and iOS a lot more beautiful and optimized. I say optimized because my iPad Air with a dual core SoC and 1 GB RAM has worked smooth and fast with whatever I threw at it, with an excellent battery life. And now with 2 GB RAM and A8X and APIs like Swift and Metal I hate to say it, if the battery life is the same as the Air or better than Nexus 9, the Air 2 seems a better offering. There have been rumors floating all around of a 12.9 inch iPad Pro. The most enticing one being that it will run a hybrid OS (i call it iOS X) . One that's iOS 8.1 when handled as a touchscreen device and would allow you to switch to a touch optimized version of Yosemite when wireless keyboard or mouse is connected. Doesn't seem like too unlikely considering how much they have narrowed down the bridge between the two OSes. Obvioulsy Yosemite would require a lot more power and the Broadwell M processors seem perfect for that, infact with A8X's performance comparisons being drawn with 3 year old Macbook Pros, it wouldn't surprise if they packed in the same chip or A9X with 3-4 GB of RAM in the Pro. 12.9" iPad Pro running iOS X with 3/4 GB RAM on Haswell M/ Apple equivalent SoC. Let's see if Apple can produce that!

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool job Apple, but these specs should've been in the mini 3. The good thing is, they'll find their way into the S series phones.

42. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

K1 and A8X are both fantastic SoC's. Let's see the power draw for both before we get too crazy. I was going to grab the N9, but when I saw the 6700 mAh battery, and with my initial assumption that Denver would be fairly power hungry, I held off on pulling the trigger. If they both come in pretty close in the power draw department, I may change my mind again.

46. stein

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

A8x top gfxbench manhattan. engadget.com/2014/10/21/ipad-air-2-mini-3-review/

54. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan 1080p offscreen: iPad Air 2: 32,4 FPS Shield tablet: 31,0 FPS A8X is a monsta..

59. CellPhonesExpert

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

so much deflection and denial from android kiddies

62. vinnyb4202

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

This is the advantage of a closed system, the OS only has to target a limited amount of SoC's. It also helps that Apple tailors the extentsions on the A8X. Just to remind people it's not always the physical count of cores that make it faster. If this were the case, AMD would have taken out Intel with the Phenom X6, and back in the Netburst vs k7 days Intel would have beaten AMD with their Pentium D's versus the single core Athlon FX. Personally I'm very happy to see this in the mobile world. This is good for everyone.

71. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Exynos 5433 even in 32 Bit mode doesn't seem to be far behind. And let's see what happens when 64 bit with Lollipop and Runtime "Art" is activated. sammobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/tab-s-543​3.png

79. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Man apple killed it this time, it so funny seeing all these cry babies all butt hurt because the holy grail they depended on the "shield" got its behind whooped. All these as excuses and narcissist reasonings made my day.

80. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Seems like apple is planning to introduce multi window mode in iOS. Otherwise, I don't see any use of that much cpu power in device that'll be used mostly for playing games (gpu intensive task). Added GPU power is nice addition.

88. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Apple is paving the way for their iPad line to replace the the MacBook line for mobile productivity. Well done Apple.

90. midreestaj

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

My Note 4 Exynos 5433 also gives a geekbench 3 score of 4400+ (stock, non-rooted) Its not about comparing dual vs tri vs quad vs Octa. Its all about TDP and battery management in the form factor the soc is installed in... So now Note 4 Exynos has a match... nice to know :)
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