O Apple A13 Bionic, processor of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max, passed the performance tests of the AnandTech: it outperforms Snapdragon 855 and 855 Plus in CPU, graphics chip and machine learning scores in most benchmarks. In addition, it comes close to the performance of Intel and AMD desktop processors.
O AnandTech noted that the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max come close to or exceed the Core 9900K Skylake and Ryzen 3900X Zen2, some of the best processors that Intel and AMD have to offer. Rumors say Apple plans to launch MacBooks with its own processors, rather than Intel chips, starting in 2020.
The website used two comparison tests (bigger is better):
- SPECint2006: 52.82 points (Apple A13), 54.28 (Intel Core 9900K), 49.02 (AMD Ryzen 3900X)
- SPECfp2006: 65.27 points (Apple A12), 75.15 (Intel Core 9900K), 73.66 (AMD Ryzen 3900X)
The A13 Bionic saw a 20% improvement in performance CPU compared to the A12 of the previous generation, present in the iPhone XS and XR. In the WebXPRT and Speedometer benchmarks, the new Apple A13 chip reaches the double the score of the Asus ROG Phone II with Snapdragon 855 Plus.
And, to measure the performance of artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML), there is a benchmark called AIMark. The iPhone 11 Pro outperforms competitors in three of the four tests; the Galaxy S10 + with Snapdragon 855 is ahead in one of them.
However, the S10 + with Exynos 9820 – Samsung’s first chip with a neural processing engine – tends to lag behind the Snapdragon 855 and even its predecessor, the Snapdragon 845.
Apple A13 performs well on the iPhone 11
In the tests of graphics chip, the A13 Bionic also ranks first most of the time. In different tests of GFXBench, iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max outperform Asus ROG Phone II with Snapdragon 855 Plus, while iPhone 11 also outperforms OnePlus 7 Pro with Snapdragon 855.
This takes into account the maximum score and the sustained performance, that is, achieved after running a series of renderings for 10 to 15 minutes. At some point, the system-on-a-chip is forced to slow down to control the temperature and not melt.
In another benchmark, the 3DMark Slingshot 3.1, the iPhone 11 reaches a maximum score higher than the competitors, but cannot sustain it, losing to the ROG Phone II and OnePlus 7 Pro.
O AnandTech explains that this is because Apple does not let its cell phones reach temperatures as high as in Androids; the back of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max did not exceed 41 ° C.