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Apple A4 vs Nvidia Tegra X2 T186

Apple A4 on Amazon USA
Nvidia Tegra X2 T186 on Amazon USA

Comparison of the technical characteristics between the processors, with the Apple A4 on one side and the Nvidia Tegra X2 T186 on the other side. The first is dedicated to the smartphone sector, It has 2 cores, 2 threads, a maximum frequency of 1.0GHz. The second is used on the desktop segment, it has a total of 6 cores, 6 threads, its turbo frequency is set to 2.0 GHz. The following table also compares the lithography, the number of transistors (if indicated), the amount of cache memory, the maximum RAM memory capacity, the type of memory accepted, the date of first broadcast, the maximum number of PCIe lines, the values ​​obtained in Geekbench 4 and Cinebench R15, as well as an average price.


Processor Apple A4 Nvidia Tegra X2 T186
Market Smartphone Desktop
Family Ax Tegra
Part number(s), S-Spec S5L8930X Tegra X2 T186, Parker
Release date Q1 2010 Q3 2016
Lithography 45 nm 16 nm FinFET
Transistors 149,000,000 -
Cores 2 6
Threads 2 6
Base frequency 1.0 GHz 1.2 GHz
Turbo frequency - 2.0 GHz
Energy cores 2x ARM Cortex-A8 @ 1.0 GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A57 @ 1.2 - 2.0 GHz
High performance cores - 2x Nvidia Denver2 @ 1.4 - 2.0 GHz
Cache memory 512 KB 512 KB
Max memory capacity 512 MB 8 GB
Memory types DDR SDRAM LPDDR4
Max # of memory channels 2 2
Max memory bandwidth 3.2 GB/s 59.7 GB/s
TDP 5 W 15 W
GPU integrated graphics Imagination PowerVR SGX535 NVIDIA Tegra X2 Pascal GPU
GPU execution units 2 1
GPU shading units 8 256
GPU base clock rate - 854 MHz
GPU max clock rate 200 MHz 1,475 MHz
GPU FP32 floating point 1.6 GFLOPS 750.1 GFLOPS
(iOS 64-bit | Android 64-bit)
Geekbench 4 single core
211 1,855
(iOS 64-bit | Android 64-bit)
Geekbench 4 multi-core
211 6,314
GFLOPS performance
(Multi-core / price performance)
Performance / price ratio
0 pts / $ 9 pts / $
(Multi-core / watt performance)
Performance / watt ratio
42 pts / W 421 pts / W
(Multi-core / global cost performance)
Performance / global cost ratio
0 pts / $ 9 pts / $
Note 3.5 / 5 3.7 / 5
Reviews 723 25
Amazon Apple A4 Nvidia Tegra X2 T186
New price on Amazon
- $680
Used price on Amazon
- $350
eBay Apple A4 Nvidia Tegra X2 T186
New price on eBay
$490 -
Used price on eBay
$30 -

Price: prices can change over time. For technical reasons, they are not updated in real time. This is only an average of the results on the first page of each product, whether new or used. Shipping costs have not been integrated. To know the final price of the product, please go to the form of the shop. If no price is indicated, it means that we did not find any offers during the last update.

We can better compare what are the technical differences between the two processors. The processor Nvidia Tegra X2 T186 has a larger number of cores, the turbo frequency of Nvidia Tegra X2 T186 is bigger, that the PDT of Apple A4 is lower. The Nvidia Tegra X2 T186 was started more recently.

Ratios: we first consider the average for the new price if available, the average for the used price otherwise. Performance / global cost ratio: This is the ratio of performance on Geekbench 4, divided by the cost of the product + the cost of electricity over 5 years for a duration of use of 13 hours per day.

Performances :

Performance comparison between the two processors, for this we consider the results generated on benchmark software such as Geekbench 4.

Geekbench 4 - Multi-core & single core score - Android & iOS 64-bit
Nvidia Tegra X2 T186 1,855
Apple A4 211

In single core, the difference is 779%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 2892%.

Geekbench 4 is a complete benchmark platform with several types of tests, including data compression, images, AES encryption, SQL encoding, HTML, PDF file rendering, matrix computation, Fast Fourier Transform, 3D object simulation, photo editing, memory testing. This allows us to better visualize the respective power of these devices. For each result, we took an average of 250 values on the famous benchmark software.


Apple A4 Intel equivalentApple A4 AMD equivalentNvidia Tegra X2 T186 Intel equivalentNvidia Tegra X2 T186 AMD equivalent

See also:

Apple A10 FusionApple A10X FusionApple A11 BionicApple A12 BionicApple A12X BionicApple A12Z BionicApple A13 BionicApple A13X BionicApple A14 BionicApple A5Apple A5XApple A6Apple A6XApple A7Apple A8Apple A8XApple A9Apple A9X

Smartphones with the processor Apple A4:

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