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Apple A9
Apple A9
Top 26%611 points
Top 26%
Top specs and features

Apple A9 review: 17 facts and highlights

1. total clock speed

2 x 2GHz
MediaTek Helio X30: 2 x 2.6 & 4 x 2.2 & 4 x 1.9GHz

2. semiconductor size

A smaller size indicates that the process to create the chip is newer.
16nm
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: 10nm

3. Has integrated graphics

With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.
Apple A9
90% have it

4. Supports 64-bit

A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit applications.
Apple A9
68% have it

5. Has dynamic frequency scaling

Dynamic frequency scaling is a technology that allows the processor to conserve power and reduce noise when it is under a light load.
Apple A9
87% have it

6. Has out-of-order execution

Out-of-order execution is used in CPUs to make use of instruction cycles that would normally be wasted due to delays.
Apple A9
38% have it

7. Has NX bit

NX bit helps protect the computer from malicious attacks.
Apple A9
94% have it

8. bits executed at a time

NEON provides acceleration for media processing, such as listening to MP3s.
128
MediaTek Helio P18: 128

9. VFP version

Vector Floating-Point (VFP) is used by the processor to deliver increased performance in areas such as digital imaging.
4
MediaTek Helio P18: 4

10. Supports hardware-assisted virtualization

It is easier to obtain better performance when using virtualization if it is hardware-assisted.
Apple A9
75% have it

11. Has TrustZone

A technology integrated into the processor to secure the device for use with features such as mobile payments and streaming video using digital rights management (DRM).
Apple A9
66% have it

12. Has AES

AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.
Apple A9
61% have it

13. memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: 4

14. OpenGL ES version

OpenGL ES is used for games on mobile devices such as smartphones. Newer versions support better graphics.
3.1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: 3.2

15. front-end width

The CPU can decode more instructions per clock (IPC), meaning that the CPU performs better
6
Apple A10 Fusion: 6

16. OpenCL version

Some applications use OpenCL to utilise the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.
1.2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: 2

17. OpenGL version

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.
3.3
Intel Core i5-8305G: 4.5

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