Apple has recently launched its all-new A14 Bionic Chipset. It is a 5nm processor and is the most powerful chip ever made by the company. The iPhone 12 lineup and iPad Air will be housing the latest A14 Bionic processor. On the other hand, Qualcomm launched the flagship processor back in December 2019 which is the Snapdragon 865 chip. Both processors are great competitors in terms of performance. Both the processors are specialized in gaming. Hence, in this article, we have made a detailed comparison of both SoCs stating their Pros and Cons. We will take a look at how big of an improvement is the new A14 Bionic chip and how it fares against its competitor from Qualcomm, which is the Snapdragon 865.
Snapdragon 865 vs Apple A14 Bionic
The Apple A14 Bionic chip is fabricated with 5nm TSMC Process technology. This will help in providing 80% more logic density making the convenience to pack more transistors. Whereas the Snapdragon 865 processor is manufactured with 7nm TSMC Process Technology. This is the second-generation fabrication process. Therefore in terms of the manufacturing process, the A14 Bionic chip is manufactured with the latest technology and hence will be more efficient than the Snapdragon 865 processor.
Talking about the CPU unit, the A14 Bionic processor has a Hexa-core setup with a 2+4 type of distribution. The two cores are for performance and the rest of the cores are for efficiency. Apple didn’t disclose the clock speed of the processor but rumours say that the maximum clock speed of the A14 Chip will likely be 3.1GHz. Also, Geekbench suggests the A14 chip has a base frequency of 2.99GHz. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 865 is an octa-core processor with a 1+3+4 distribution. The core distributions show a clock speed of 2.84GHz, 2.42GHz, and 1.8GHz respectively. The predecessor of the Apple A14 chip which is the Apple A13 Bionic processor is 15% more powerful than the Snapdragon 865. And there is no doubt that the Apple A14 chip will have higher performance than the A13 chip. Hence in terms of CPU performance, the A14 Bionic Chip will be more powerful.
The Apple A14 Chip has a four-core GPU design and it is a new architecture claimed by Apple. There is a 30% hike in the GPU performance than the A12 and 8.3% more than the A13 Bionic Chip. The company also claimed that the A14 Chip will deliver two times more graphics performance than the best-selling laptops of Apple. On the other hand, Snapdragon 865 has Adreno 640 GPU which is the latest GPU unit available in the market. But when it comes to graphics rendering speed and Graphics quality, the Apple A14 Bionic chip gets the point.
The A14 Bionic Chip has a faster Neural Engine with 16-core architecture. The company claims that the new A14 chip can achieve up to 11 trillion operations per second. Moreover, the chip has the 2nd generation Machine Learning Accelerators for better AI performance. Whereas the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 uses the Hexagon 689 DSP with the new 5th Gen AI Engine.
Which One is Better?
Apple’s A14 Bionic is definitely ahead of the Snapdragon 865 in terms of GPU, CPU, Node and AI. However, Qualcomm is also readying its next-generation Snapdragon 875 chip with some improvements to narrow the gap between the two new mobile SoCs (A14 and SD875).
A14 Bionic-powered iPad Air 2020 has listed on the Geekbench benchmark platform which reveals the test report of the A14 chip. The single-core score is 1583 points, and the multi-core score is 4198 points. This is significantly higher than Qualcomm’s flagship processor Snapdragon 865. The Snapdragon 865-powered OnePlus 8 Pro manages a single-core score of 904 points, and a multi-core score of 3343 points. So on paper, the A14 already seems like a better processor with 75.1% higher points in single-core and 25.6% higher points in multi-core than the Snapdragon 865’s scores.