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Intel Core i5-8250U vs Apple A12 Bionic

Intel Core i5-8250U on Amazon USA
Apple A12 Bionic on Amazon USA

Comparison of the technical characteristics between the processors, with the Intel Core i5-8250U on one side and the Apple A12 Bionic on the other side. The first is dedicated to the laptop sector, It has 4 cores, 8 threads, a maximum frequency of 3.4GHz. The second is used on the smartphone segment, it has a total of 6 cores, 6 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 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 Intel Core i5-8250U Apple A12 Bionic
Market Laptop Smartphone
Family Kaby Lake R Ax
Part number(s), S-Spec FJ8067703282221,
Release date Q3 2017 Q3 2018
Lithography 14 nm+ 7 nm FinFET
Transistors - 6,900,000,000
Cores 4 6
Threads 8 6
Base frequency 1.6 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Energy cores - 4x Tempest @ 1.59 GHz
High performance cores - 2x Vortex @ 2.49 GHz
Cache memory 6 MB 8 MB
Max memory capacity 32 GB 4 GB
Memory types DDR4-2400,
TDP 15 W 6 W
GPU integrated graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 Apple A12 Bionic GPU
GPU execution units 24 4
GPU shading units 192 -
GPU clock rate 1,150 MHz -
GPU FP32 floating point 441.6 GFLOPS 487.5 GFLOPS
(Mac OS X 64-bit | iOS 64-bit)
Geekbench 4 single core
3,924 4,695
(Mac OS X 64-bit | iOS 64-bit)
Geekbench 4 multi-core
11,936 10,985
GFLOPS performance
163.2 GFLOPS 134.6 GFLOPS
(Multi-core / price performance)
Performance / price ratio
19 pts / $ 20 pts / $
(Multi-core / watt performance)
Performance / watt ratio
796 pts / W 1,831 pts / W
(Multi-core / global cost performance)
Performance / global cost ratio
18 pts / $ 19 pts / $
Note 3.9 / 5 4.7 / 5
Reviews 2,507 1,065
Amazon Intel Core i5-8250U Apple A12 Bionic
New price on Amazon
$620 $550
Used price on Amazon
$620 -
eBay Intel Core i5-8250U Apple A12 Bionic
New price on eBay
$790 $520
Used price on eBay
$470 $340

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 Apple A12 Bionic has a larger number of cores, the maximum frequency of Intel Core i5-8250U is greater, that the thermal dissipation power of Apple A12 Bionic is less. The Apple A12 Bionic 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
Intel Core i5-8250U 4,221
Apple A12 Bionic 4,695

In single core, the difference is -10%. In multi-core, the differential gap is 26%.

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.

Mobiles with the processor Apple A12 Bionic:

Apple iPhone XRApple iPhone XSApple iPhone XS Max

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