The A8 processor of the iPhone 6 gets benchmarked, shows modest improvement

The A8 processor of the iPhone 6 gets benchmarked, shows modest improvement
Apple's new A8 processor is made with the trendy 20nm production method, ensuring faster CPU and GPU performance at a lower power consumption, compared to last year's A7 endeavor, found in the iPhone 5s and the iPad Air. We thoroughly reviewed the new dual-core A8 chipset, but how about its performance in cross-platform benchmarks?

Well, if Rightware's database is any indications, the new iPhone 6 will offer a modest overall improvement in processing power over its predecessor, almost commensurate with the CPU clock increase from 1.3 GHz to 1.4 GHz - the iPhone 5s scores 20 253 points on the test, while the iPhone 6 and its A8, muster 21 204 points. 

For comparison, the quad-core Galaxy S5 with its 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor ekes out a 23 501 score, so on a per-clock basis the A8 is probably more akin to the Snapdragon 805 performance one would expect from the Note 4. In any case, you are unlikely to feel underpowered with any of these processors, and the lower A8 is one of the likely culprits for Apple's battery life improvements promise.


source: Rightware via GSMArena

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  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
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  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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76 Comments

1. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

isn't there a difference between the gpu and cpu?

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not much apparently, since that benchmark encompasses both. They likely had to keep it all a bit low due to the terrible battery they put into the phones. With a larger screen and a higher resolution, which are completely not proportional to the battery size increase, in the iPhone 6, they had to keep energy consumption low. So they probably had no room to increase clocks and the energy savings from the process shrink was probably what allowed it to barely equal last year's iPhone 5s battery life.

40. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

but the thing is that, you dont need 8 cores or record breaking benchmarks, to run ios smoothly

44. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Just like android can run smoothly on even more low end phone like moto e.... OS is not problem here.... It is HD games and media content...which needs more processing power....

58. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

since iPhone 5s can play any game on app store what makes you doubt iPhone 6 ?

55. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

that question was rhetorical.

24. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

A8 is a revolutionary chip ever produced :p

54. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple is holding back for the A9. Otherwise, why buy an iToy 6S? For some additional software improvements? If a resolutionary SoC is being sought, it won't be found from the A8. Interestingly, I suspect the iToy Air that is supposed to be released in October, 2014 will have the more compelling performance improvement. Big batteries make all things possible.

57. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I vote for your comment. Let's see what Apple will bring in October.

56. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Yes, it is. It really is. Should we call it "A7 refreshed a little bit"?

59. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

Before making fun of a chip do you know the gains from the die shrink are put into decreasing the TDP(Thermal design power in case you don't know ) by 50% and yet increased cpu and gpu performance by 25% and 50 % respectively . So if an Android manufacturer were to use this chip they would have kept the TDP constant and extracted about 70% better performance .

71. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

A7X? Or, is that designation already taken by the present iToy Air?

60. engineer-1701d unregistered

this is why its stupid to buy the iphone 6 at there price its a 1k upgrade from 5s while the 5 to 5s was a 10k

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The Snapdragon 805 might be a decent quad core SoC, but it's still old technology. Geekbench marks have Samsung's next generation ARMv8 architecture (Exynos 5433) scoring higher in single core testing than the A7/A8 and achieving over 4,000 on multi core. So the playing field is being evened. Android chips up to and including the Snapdragon 805 have been based on an old ARMv7 architecture. While Apple's A7 has been using the more performance and battery efficient ARMv8. Can't wait to see how the Snapdragon 810 sets the benchmark.

7. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Unfortunate enough, the aarch64 part on 5433 is and will be busy launching the guest OS on the aarch32 part during its lifetime.

14. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The performance preliminary gains will be evident just from the SoC alone and watch as more developers optimize their app code to execute on aarch64. Stop pretending you're a fortune teller with a cheap crystal ball.

15. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

No and no. Aarch32 on ARMv8 is just marginally faster than ARMv7. Aarch64 is the real deciding factor, and benchmarks will be pretty much the only 64-bit apps on Android for quite a long time - thanks to the fragmentation. Hardly anyone would risk the business by targeting Kitkat or even L for 64-bit on Android.

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Doesn't matter how many versions come out after Android 5, they will all have the same compatibility. Google's been doing a better job with managing the fragmentation lately. And I can only see it getting better down the road. A fairly recent Jelly Bean accounted for nearly 3/4 of the entire platform before getting cut into by the quarter of billions of devices running KitKat

20. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

The disturbing fact is that there isn't a single app in top 100 that targets higher than the three years old ICS. Should the devs skip the two iterations of JB, enraging the majority of their consumer base that is *stuck* on JB or below? BTW, by Apple's standard, Even the GS2 would get the upcoming L update. See the difference now?

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm just waiting come next year to prove you wrong. Btw, iPhone 4S is getting the update just so Apple in say it's running the latest update to improve "fragmentation" numbers but is missing MOST of the features due to older hardware. Get off your high horse, sit down and evaluate your life for a minute.

25. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

What? 4s users can use apps targeting iOS8, thus making it last at least two years from now, and the devs can utilize all the new APIs without fearing losing potential user base. That's the whole point, S-Murfette. PS : You are the one riding on a horse as it looks on the avatar.

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're not getting the point lol. How many features in iOS 8 is adopted for the 4S compared to the 5, 5S, 6 or 6+? Apple only does this to improve market share of iOS. If Google let OEMs push updates with less than a quarter of the official changes to older devices, KitKat would be at over 80% marketshare by Apple Standards. Tsk tsk Jacqueline.

45. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Software updates with limited features 1000 times better than stagnating without any updates. If you are saying otherwise, then you obviously making up reasons to hate Apple. At least Apple give a damn about their customers to release iOS 8 for 4S users, even with Features stripped out. Of course they are going to strip out features to give the user a better experience by minimizing hiccups and bugs. Android OEMs on the other hand, they don't give a sh*t about the customer. If kitkat supposed to be running on 512MB ram Then why SGS3, One X didn't get the software update? They blame it on the drivers. If they push CPU vendors they could get the drivers. And Samsung is the CPU vendor of Exynos chip. So why didn't Samsung released the Kitkat for Exynos GS3? Instead they are making new low level Android phones so that they could sweep out every last dollar out of all the people on Earth and Fandroids don't see it. Ex: Android One!

65. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol typical itard. You make it sound like updating hundreds of devices is as easy as updating the small amount Apple needs to.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Btw, iOS 7, a 64-bit OS running on the A7, a 64-bit SoC, on my iPad Mini w/ Retina crashed 100x more than my HTC M8 or S5 ever did. Guess what type of OS and SoC they run? Care to explain? I'll wait.

26. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Why should I care about your mini when my 5s and my sis' air work flawlessly? Ask Apple.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because the mini runs a 64-bit OS and a 64-bit SoC you brag about in every single article? Have you not tried having four tabs open at the same time on Safari? (Hint: open tumblr, Facebook, The Verge and PA in four tabs. I'll guarantee you a force close). Btw, you provided the weakest counter argument I've ever seen. Ask Apple? Shouldn't I ask you since you're a "professional" developer that obviously "knows" more?

31. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

If I was hired by Apple, I would when I'm on duty. It's neither nor the case. BTW, if you want to know about ARM, I might be willing to tell you lots of things - even off duty.

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Another yet weak response. Guess you barely know anything.

53. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you were hired by Apple, your tools would be a bucket and mop.

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