iPad Pro’s A9X Outperforms 15-inch MacBook Pro and Surface Pro 4


The launch of the iPad Pro also means teardowns, drop tests and performance tests. By the time you read this text, iFixit will have finished its usual teardown process and TechRax commenced the first drop test. How about performance? As the tests performed by Ars Technica show, the iPad Pro delivers notebook-level performance.

First, the Geekbench results reveal that the iPad Pro’s A9X processor is dual-core and clocked at about 2.25 GHz. This compares to the processor used with the iPad Air, the A8X, which used three CPU cores to increase performance.

The iPad Pro’s A9X chip has a 3,233 single core and 5,498 multi-core score in Geekbench 3 tests, which is better than any other iOS device rated: iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, 2/3, iPad 2, and iPhone 6s.

In GPU tests, the gigantic iPad outperformed not just every iOS device, but every Intel GPU up to and including the Intel Iris Pro 5200 in the 15-inch MacBook Pro and Intel HD 520 in the Surface Pro 4.

When it comes to battery life, the iPad Pro delivers no surprises: It’s in line with other iPads, which is good, since it has a much bigger screen and a more powerful processor.


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  • Jay

    you lost me in the first graph when 487 < 485

  • Tim

    I’m really excited about this thing. My co-worker sends me zipped project files all the time…oh wait you can’t unzip files on this highly professional device. Nevermind.

  • Samy

    you can’t say “iPad Pro A9X outperforms SP4 and MBP15′ without comparing A9X to intel Core i processors inside the SP4 and MBP15

  • CoconutMango

    Lol uh, if you have Dropbox you can.

  • Ed Cicci

    I’m no techie so maybe I don’t understand the issue, but if WinZip is available for a regular iPad, why wouldn’t it work on the iPad Pro?

  • Stupid

    Are you seriously comparing x86 and ARM?!

  • Shameer Mulji

    actually he’s comparing devices that will potentially compete in the market place. They just happen to have different processor architectures. And why not?

  • Shameer Mulji

    That’s true. for the most part, when comparing CPU performance, the A9X is on par with the Intel Core i5 found in the Surface Pro. When comparing GPU performance, it is around 40% faster then integrated Intel GPU in the 15″ rMBP

  • Samy

    Macbook air, SP4, MBP15 all use different core i5 with different power and different clocking speeds. so comparing i5 in Macbook air with SP4 is not accurate.

  • Shameer Mulji

    Actually the i5 in the SP4 and the MBA are the same. They’re both based on Intel’s 15w architecture. And remember, I’m comparing the Core i5 in the mid to higher end SP4. Not the Core m3 in the baseline SP4. That’s a different and based on a 4.5w architecture, that’s why it’s fanless.

    And I wasn’t comparing the A9X CPU to the 15″ rMBP CPU. I was comparing their GPU performance, more specficially the GPU in the A9X v the integrated Intel Iris Pro 5200 integrated GPU. Different thing.

  • Widohmaker

    Who zips files in this day and age. It’s a necessity past its prime given current technology unless you live in a developing nation with poor connectivity options.

  • Flash

    Uhm, yah you can…when is the last time you used an iPad?