Samsung-made A9 vs TSMC A9: benchmarking two iPhone 6s versions yields surprising results

Samsung-made A9 vs TSMC A9: benchmarking two iPhone 6s versions yields surprising results
Apple has hedged its bets with the iPhone 6s A9 chipset suppliers, tasking both Samsung and TSMC with its production. The two foundries, however, use different production methods. Samsung utilizes the class-leading 14nm FinFET die shrink, while TSMC is on the 16nm process, again of the stacked FinFET variety.

In case you are curious how would an iPhone 6s version powered by the Samsung-made 14nm A9 perform against one with a 16nm TSMC A9, someone has already sourced two such handsets, and ran AnTuTu on them a few times in a row to determine if there is any gap in performance. 

Surprisingly enough, the difference is in favor of TSMC's A9, which scored slightly higher on average, compared to the 14nm Samsung-made A9 in the other iPhone 6s. That's not all, though, as the 14nm A9 chipset also ran a tad hotter during testing, and consumed a tad more battery with identical load scenarios, and evened-out display brightness on both phones. 

In any case, the impromptu results indicate that the 14nm and 16nm die sizes are so close to each other, that their performance overlaps, and the 16nm even pulls a bit ahead. You can stop worrying what exactly kind of A9 is in your new iPhone, though, as they are both crushing the benchmarks anyway.


source: MyDrivers via Reddit

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62 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Not sure what this means.... but yay... i think?

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nothing at all actually. Most of those results differ by 2000/65000 points, or 3%, which is pretty much a margin of error difference between one phone to the next. Temperature is relatively big difference but not enough to be of any importance.

64. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, its cause of the silicone lottery A good bin of the TSMC process would easily out perform a bad bin of the Samsung process And good bin of the Samsung process would easily out perform a bad bin of the TSMC process What would be interesting is a good bin of the TSMC process vs good bin of the Samsung process And we would still need a decent sample size

53. MSi_GS70 unregistered

It means like b4 apple been using slow RAM in one piece and faster ram in other piece..

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Waiting snakeboy to say gonna get both a9 chips version with 128GB rose gold bla bla

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Sad thing is that PA doesn't do anything about the pro-apple Nazis, tho there are a lot of them than the Android equivalent. Users like that "TM" guy get banned instantly. Why not wendy? Snake? Bobby? Imikael? And many more

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You can't get rid of them, if you kill one, two more take its place. So it's best just to keep the ones you have and know who they are.

10. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I've had at least 12 bans where I tried to make a post and just got a red message saying I'm banned, then usually within hours or days I can post again. I mean my first ban was before I even made my first post on the account so I don't know what the Hell's going on.

47. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It is probably IP address based.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

because those guys are actually PA employees, who start flame wars on PA to get free hits.

60. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie, funny, I was seriously thinking you were one of them, with long articles of same thing over and over...

17. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I cant tell if you are being serious. There is not a single article on this website that isnt overrun by crazy android fans-especially anything to do with the iphone. Half the time there arent even any iphone fans that bother replying and you guys just fight amongst yourselves.

23. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If you stop letting your fanboyism get in your way, you'll know what/who I'm talking about. How many Android fans do you see spamming the same thing over and over again (i.e. "Nobody gets ripped off on Android"/"I have 128GB storage :) :) :) ")? Spolier alert: the Apple Nazis make them look like they no longer exist.

26. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Techie, Antutu and many, MANY guys here who waste their time on praising Android under every news. Really, please tell me, which of PA users right now are die hard Apple fans? Jedi? No, gaming64? No, Mxyzf**k? He's just troll and even if he's Apple fan, he is by no means representative of the group. And Snakeboyvincent? C'mon, almost everyone here bothered to reply him though it was obvious that he was troll. Don't judge people by what they prefer using, but by what they do/talk

28. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

There's a difference between praising and spamming. I know they don't represent the entire Apple fans. The main point was that PA doesn't bother banning them and even when they do, they take a lot of time.

34. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Cnour, amasog, lodine, c.hack, bobbybuster, mistercarter, Martin_Cooper, Zylam, strudelz100, Ahovking, Ninetysix, Tuxedo, LittleGaGaKiller, Kumar123, nctx77. Just some to add to the list.

36. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

how often are they actually here? also, Ninetysix can be taken off of that list and the majority of those guys i barely ever see or simply put your points to shame so you call them trolls. Im on this site and i barely see any of them. You on the other hand make it to troll every article.

38. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Are you hurt cause you arent on that list? >puts him on the list Just like I said before I am gonna say it again, your ignorance is blinding you therefore you cant "see" them.

58. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

He's right though. You are a huge attention seeker.

68. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

pfft newbie who is joined 11 hours ago, now you are talking... another troll account?

69. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

lol multi-account spotted once again sauce is that you?

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Rofl! Ninety six is about straight out troll as you can get. Lol

62. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm a diehard Apple Fan...!!!

30. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You mean one guy that even iphone fans dont like? Is that your counter point? In any case, there isnt anything you can say as all you have to do is click on every article. Bobby is outnumbered by the equivalent opposition 50-1 in every article.

32. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's not one guy, I've listed more. There's more of the "patriot" users. They're spammers/ They're trolls. They're easily offended. This is why they can't stop doing what they are doing.

31. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Not exactly true. There's plenty of iPhone lovers to keep the fire stoked and they do it everyday.

27. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Bobby got banned.snake is already banned. How about Taters,hallyu,supernova etc. They havent get banned yet.

29. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Haven't seen hallu or supernove but Taters isn't the spam equivalent.r.

33. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

He's not spamming he's trolling

37. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

He is not banned. http://www.phonearena.com/user/BobbyBuster/info He is still here after trolling for almost one year in a circle.

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