Apple A12 Bionic vs Intel Core i9-7960X

Comparison of technical details, with different specifications, as well as performance in benchmarks between the processor for personal desktop computers, the Intel Core i9-7960X and the Apple A12 Bionic. The first has 16 cores, 32 threads, a base frequency of 2.8 GHz, a turbo frequency of 4.2 GHz, a cache of 22 MB. The second has more than 6 cores, a total of 6 threads, its initial frequency is 1.6 GHz, its maximum frequency reaches 2.5 GHz, its cache is 8 MB.


Processor Apple A12 Bionic Intel Core i9-7960X
Family Ax Skylake-X
Release date Q3 2018 Q3 2017
Lithography 7 nm FinFET 14 nm+
Cores 6 16
Threads 6 32
Base frequency 1.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo frequency 2.5 GHz 4.2 GHz
Details 2x Vortex @2.5 GHz
4x Tempest @1.6 GHz
Cache 8 MB 22 MB
Max memory size 4 GB 128 GB
Memory types LPDDR4X DDR4-2666
Max PCIe lanes NA 44
TDP NA 165 W
Geekbench 4 single core 4,695 5,360
Geekbench 4 multi-core 10,985 51,032
Price NA $1,099
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This table allows us to see what are the technical differences between the two processors. We notice that the processor Intel Core i9-7960X has a higher number of cores, that the turbo frequency of the Intel Core i9-7960X is higher. The Apple A12 Bionic is more recent.

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Processor Geekbench 4 – Multi-core & single core score – Mac OS X 64-bit & iOS 64-bit
Intel Core i9-7960X  5,360
Apple A12 Bionic  4,695

This graph allows us to better evaluate the power comparison between the two chips. For each value, it is an average of the last 250 results on the benchmark platform. We observe that the difference in single core is 14%. In multi-core, there is a gap of 365%.


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