Apple A12 Bionic vs Intel Core i9-7980XE

Comparison of technical details, with different specifications, as well as performance in benchmarks between the processor for personal desktop computers, the Intel Core i9-7980XE and the Apple A12 Bionic. The first has 18 cores, 36 threads, a base frequency of 2.6 GHz, a turbo frequency of 4.2 GHz, a cache of 24.75 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 i9-7980XE
Family Ax Skylake-X
Release date Q3 2018 Q3 2017
Lithography 7 nm 14 nm+
Cores 6 18
Threads 6 36
Base frequency 1.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo frequency 2.5 GHz 4.2 GHz
Details 2x Vortex @2.5 GHz
4x Tempest @1.6 GHz
Cache 8 MB 24.75 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 5,467
Geekbench 4 multi-core 10,985 55,642
Price NA $2,001
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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 i9-7980XE has a higher number of cores, that the turbo frequency of the Intel Core i9-7980XE 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 i9-7980XE  5,467
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 16%. In multi-core, there is a gap of 407%.


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