Apple M1 vs Apple A12Z Bionic

Apple M1 on Amazon USA
Apple A12Z Bionic on Amazon USA

Comparison of the technical characteristics between the processors, with the Apple M1 on one side and the Apple A12Z Bionic on the other side. The first is dedicated to the laptop sector, It has 8 cores, 8 threads, a maximum frequency of 3.2GHz. The second is used on the tablet segment, it has a total of 8 cores, 8 threads, its turbo frequency is set to 2.5 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 release date, the maximum number of PCIe lanes, the values ​​obtained in Geekbench 4 and Cinebench R15.


Processor Apple M1 Apple A12Z Bionic
Market (main) Laptop Tablet
ISA ARMv8.5-A (64-bit) ARMv8.3-A (64-bit)
Microarchitecture Firestorm, Icestorm Vortex, Tempest
Family M series A series
Part number(s), S-Spec APL1102, T8103 A12Z Bionic
Release date Q4 2020 Q1 2020
Lithography 5 nm FinFET N5 7 nm EUV
Transistors 33,700,000,000 10,000,000,000
Cores 8 8
Threads 8 8
Base frequency 2.1 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.2 GHz 2.5 GHz
Energy cores 4x Apple Icestorm @ 2.06 GHz 4x Apple Tempest @ 1.59 GHz
High performance cores 4x Apple Firestorm @ 3.2 GHz 4x Apple Vortex @ 2.49 GHz
Cache memory 12 MB 8 MB
Max memory capacity 16 GB 6 GB
Memory types LPDDR4X-4266 LPDDR4X
Max # of memory channels 2 4
Max memory bandwidth 68.25 GB/s 42.7 GB/s
TDP 14 W 15 W
GPU integrated graphics Apple M1 GPU 8-Core Apple A12Z Bionic GPU
GPU cores 8 8
GPU execution units 128 64
GPU shading units 1,024 512
GPU base clock - 1,340 MHz
GPU boost clock 1,278 MHz 1,340 MHz
GPU FP32 floating point 2,610 GFLOPS 1,372.1 GFLOPS
Socket SoC SoC
AI accelerator AI accelerator 16-core Neural Engine 8-core
AI computing operations per seconds 11 TOPS 5 TOPS
Connectivity Thunderbolt 3, USB4, USB 3.1 Gen 2 -
Cinebench R23 single thread 1,503 980
Cinebench R23 multi-thread 7,794 4,528
(macOS | iOS)
Geekbench 5 single core
1,526 1,118
(macOS | iOS)
Geekbench 5 multi-core
6,481 4,636

We can better compare what are the technical differences between the two processors.

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We see that the two processors have an equivalent number of cores, the maximum frequency of Apple M1 is greater, that the PDT of Apple M1 is lower. Both were produced in the same year.

Performances :

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

AnTuTu - Total score
Apple M1 1,052,349
Apple A12Z Bionic 712,218

The difference is 48%.

AnTuTu is one of the most popular apps in the world to evaluate and compare the power of a mobile device with the competition. It tests above all the power of calculation, the display of Web pages, the modeling of decorations in 3D, the management of the memory, the transfer of data.

Cinebench R23 - Multi-thread & single thread score
Apple M1 1,503
Apple A12Z Bionic 980

In single core, the difference is 53%. In multi-core, the differential gap is 72%.

Cinebench R23 is cross-platform testing software that allows you to assess the hardware capabilities of a device such as a computer, tablet, server. This version of Cinebench takes into account recent developments in processors with multiple cores and the latest improvements in rendering techniques. The evaluation is ultimately even more relevant. The test scene contains no less than 2,000 objects and more than 300,000 polygons in total.

On iOS :

Geekbench 5 - Multi-core & single core score - iOS
Apple M1 1,708
Apple A12Z Bionic 1,118

In single core, the difference is 53%. In multi-core, the differential gap is 56%.

Geekbench 5 is a software for measuring the performance of a computer system, for fixed devices, mobile devices, servers. This platform makes it possible to better compare the power of the CPU, the computing power and to compare it with similar or totally different systems. Geekbench 5 includes new workloads that represent work tasks and applications that we can find in reality.


Apple M1 Intel equivalentApple M1 AMD equivalentApple A12Z Bionic Intel equivalentApple A12Z Bionic AMD equivalent

See also:

Apple M1 MaxApple M1 Pro (10 cores)Apple M1 Pro (8 cores)Apple M1 UltraApple M1XApple M2 © 2022 - Information - XML sitemap - Privacy policy - Advertising policy - Contact


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