Apple A10 Chip “Blows Away the Competition” Says Microprocessor Expert


If you needed additional proof that the iPhone 7 you have is the best in class in terms of performance, the latest report from Barrons citing a chip industry research firm may give you just that.

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According to Linley Gwennap, the director of research firm the Linley Group, the A10 Fusion processor “blows away the competition”. In a report analyzing Apple’s Hurricane, Gwennap cites Geekbench speed tests, a Chipworks’ teardown and other benchmarks comparing the performance of mobile processors used in smartphones.

After crunching all that third-party data, Gwennap notes that single-core tests results show the A10 chip is notably faster than Samsung Electronics’ Exynos 8890, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and Huawei’s Kirin 955. Samsung and Huawei chips may perform better with multi-core tasks, but “the extra cores don’t help most applications, which run only on one or two CPUs”, he adds.

Gwennap notes that Apple doesn’t always have the best performance per square millimeter but makes up for it in efficiency per clock cycle, thanks to a better “instruction per clock” rate, as cited by Barrons.

To top it off, Apple’s new CPU actually betters Intel’s mainstream x86 cores, with the A10 delivering nearly identical performance to Intel Skylake processors.


  • definingsound

    The Apple A10 chip (probably consumes about 2W) scores about the same on Geekbench as the Intel Pentium G3450 (consumes about 50W).

    This is mightily impressive, but I don’t know if I’d call the Intel Pentium G3450 a “mainstream x86 core”, and it’s from the Haswell series, not the newer Skylake.

    Maybe someone was looking at the AMD A10 chip by accident? Or maybe the Apple A10 is being compared to a low-power/tablet Intel chip?

  • Joms

    Blows away my @ss. Monkey devs of Geekbench change the scoring system on GB4 so iCrap will look much better. On GB3, SD820 is head to head in single core performance versus A9. Now A9 suddenly became superior because it retained its score while SD820’s score was reduced to 50%.

  • raslucas

    If Apple were microsoft, they bring a product that had an Intel + an ARM CPU that shared a single file system. And you’d run both iPad and Mac apps on the same device. Then again… maybe that could really be the future.