When the company of the bitten apple presented the Apple A12Z SoC many doubts arose about the real news that it brought compared to the Apple A12X. In the end we could discover that both are, in essence, the same chip, with the only particularity that the first one brings a GPU with an additional graphics core.
This means that at the CPU level both offer the same performanceThey have the same configuration of eight cores divided into two blocks, one with four high-performance cores and one with four high-efficiency cores, but the Apple A12Z SoC has a more powerful GPU than the Apple A12X.
We recently saw that the Apple A12Z SoC is so powerful that it can surpass the semi-custom Snapdragon chip that is present in the Surface Pro X, and that the former loses performance when operating under the Rosetta 2 emulation layer and also had deactivated the four high-efficiency cores, and Today we have been able to see the first GPU performance data of said chip under OpenCL, a test that also used Rosetta 2.
The Apple A12Z SoC has a very powerful GPU
There is no doubt, that is the conclusion that we can draw from the results that the integrated GPU of the Apple A12Z SoC has obtained. In the first image we can see the results obtained by said SoC compared to those of the Ryzen 5 4500U APU, 11,315 points vs. 11,034 points, a very tight, but clear victory.
In the second image we have the results of the Core i7-1065G7, present on the Surface Laptop 3, who gets 11,224 points. In this case the victory of the integrated GPU of the Apple A12Z SoC is a little more bulky, although it does not become “scandalous” either.
If you look at the data that comes above the maximum frequencies of each integrated GPU you will see that the solution present in the Apple chip has eight graphic cores. While the Radeon Vega of the Ryzen 5 4500U APU has six computing units (384 shaders) and the Core i7-1065G7 has 64 execution units.
All three use architectures different architectures and they have different configurations, and yet they offer a very similar performance despite the fact that, as we have said, Apple’s solution prevails over the other two. This is very interesting, since it confirms that the apple company already has very powerful chips in its catalog, and that it could surprise us with the SoC Apple A14, the first new generation chip that the bitten apple company will use to pave the way for it to complete its full transition to ARM.
If everything goes as planned, said SoC will be used in the iPhone 12, which will be presented later this year, and will have a specific variant for Mac, MacBook and iPad Pro computers, provisionally known as Apple A14X.