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, also their respective performances with the benchmarks. 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 and Cinebench.

Specification comparison:

Processor Apple M1 Apple A12Z Bionic
Market (main)Laptop Tablet
ISAARMv8.5-A (64-bit) ARMv8.3-A (64-bit)
MicroarchitectureFirestorm, Icestorm Vortex, Tempest
FamilyM series A series
Part number(s), S-Spec

APL1102, T8103

A12Z Bionic
Release dateQ4 2020 Q1 2020
Lithography5 nm FinFET N5 7 nm EUV
Transistors33,700,000,000 10,000,000,000
Cores8 8
Threads8 8
Base frequency2.06 GHz 1.59 GHz
Turbo frequency3.2 GHz 2.49 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 memory16 MB 8 MB
Max memory capacity16 GB 6 GB
Memory types

LPDDR4X-4266 (2133 MHz)

Max # of memory channels2 2
Max memory bandwidth66.7 GB/s 68.2 GB/s
TDP14 W 15 W
GPU integrated graphicsApple M1 GPU 8-Core Apple A12Z Bionic GPU
GPU cores8 8
GPU execution units128 64
GPU shading units1,024 512
GPU clock1,278 MHz 1,340 MHz
GPU FP32 floating point2,617 GFLOPS 1,372.1 GFLOPS
SocketSoC SoC
AI accelerator

AI accelerator 16-core

Neural Engine 8-core
AI computing operations per seconds11 TOPS 5 TOPS
Max display resolution

6016 x 3384@60Hz (Thunderbolt),
3840 x 2160@60Hz (HDMI)

Video decodingH.265, HEVC, VP9 -
Video encodingH.265, HEVC -
Connectivity2 Thunderbolt, 2 USB-C, 1 HDMI 2.0 -
Cinebench R23 single thread1,503 980
Cinebench R23 multi-thread7,794 4,528
(macOS | iOS)
Geekbench 5 single core
1,744 1,118
(macOS | iOS)
Geekbench 5 multi-core
7,657 4,636
(macOS | iOS)
Geekbench 6 single core
2,375 1,315
(macOS | iOS)
Geekbench 6 multi-core
8,490 4,685

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.

Performance comparison with the benchmarks:

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

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.

With 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.

With iOS:

Geekbench 6 - Multi-core & Single Core Score - iOS
Apple M1 2,280
Apple A12Z Bionic 1,315

In single core, the difference is 73%. In multi-core, the differential gap is 77%.

Geekbench 6 is a benchmarking platform that is capable of evaluating the performance of a device across multiple operating systems. The software evaluates processor power, with its ability to support different tasks, such as file compression, browsing; GPU computing capabilities, with image editing, video editing, gaming skills, machine learning workloads.


Apple M1 Intel EquivalentApple M1 AMD EquivalentApple A12Z Bionic Intel EquivalentApple A12Z Bionic AMD Equivalent

See also:

Apple M1 MaxApple M1 Pro 10-CoreApple M1 Pro 8-CoreApple M1 UltraApple M2Apple M2 MaxApple M2 Pro 10-CoreApple M2 Pro 12-CoreApple M2 UltraApple M3Apple M3 Max 14-CoreApple M3 Max 16-CoreApple M3 Pro 11-CoreApple M3 Pro 12-CoreApple M4 10-CoreApple M4 9-Core © 2024 - About us - XML sitemap - Privacy policy - Advertising policy - Contact


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