Why Apple A11 bionic processor chip is badass? iPhone X benchmark compared to others | vs Snapdragon

Are you confused and bombarded by different processor names in the market? Are you looking for answers to what processor is the best? Then you have come to the right place. In this video, I explain about the Apple’s A11 bionic processor and why it’s so much futuristic and revolutionary compared to other processors in the market. I’ll also tell you about a 5 point approach that you can take to compare any processor in the market.

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Apple announced the iPhone X, iPhone 8 plus and iPhone 8 on 13th of September 2017. Since then, it has been the headlined news for the week and there’s so much hype about the same. Mostly people have to talk about 2 things: the processor and the display.

All the 3 models will ship with Apple’s latest and greatest A11 bionic chip inside. Actually I’m not sure about the reason why they call it A11 “bionic” as the term “bionic” had some other reason. Anyway, it’s the first hexacore processor from apple and compared to the predecessor A10, which is quadcore, this one is a beast! Apple would be releasing the iPhone 8 and 8 plus September and iPhone X in November.
Even though octa-core and deca-core processors are there in the market from way back in 2013, Apple A11 bionic is so much advanced. To know why, we need to understand how to compare smartphone processors. Here are 5 steps explained in detail in the video:

1. Architecture
2. Fabrication procedure
3. Number of cores (Modularity)
4. Number of transistors and clock speed
5. Utilization, intelligence and power consumption.

In the video, various famous processors have been compared which runs Apple A11 processor, Kirin K9, Snapdragon 835, Snapdragon 821, Snapdragon 625, etc.

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Comments

Arathi C Padmanabhan says:

Amazing video! iPhone X definitely will out perform any other phone. Waiting for the launch of iPhone X.

JORDAN says:

I don’t think so why apple faster because sd want to business with companies not with consumer so they go with on by one step every year and with tons of operations now you can think that 845 sd could make it with 7nm but now apps environment not such ready for that we can watch Snapdragon statement so some time it’s should be strategy I think (both the companies have architecture from arm )

Sankar Narayanan says:

Beautiful video. A11 bionic chip is so much into the future. Some of my friends who had the chance to get the hands on iPhone X talked to me about its fluidity.

Azz C says:

*LOL!!!* So a simple iphone has a single thread performance of *4061* and according to Geekbench/Apple this is somehow comparable to the single thread performance of other things, such as an Android, a Laptop and even a Desktop/Server??

So let’s get this right… according to Geekbench, “4,061” suggests a *faster* *single* *thread* *performance* *than* *the* *$400* *CPUs* used in gaming-rigs, such as:
an *AMD* *Ryzen* *7* *1700X* *@3.4GHz* (8 cores) at *4,059*
an *Intel* *Core* *i7-4790S* *@3.20GHz* (4 cores) at *4,032*

… the “4,061” also suggests the *single* *thread* *performance* *is* *also* *blowing* *the* *pants* *off* *the* *CPUs* *used* *in* *military* *grade* *supercomputers* such as:
an *Intel* *Xeon* *E5-2690* v4 @2.6GHz (14 cores) at *3,647* as used in the *Piz* *Daint* *SUPERCOMPUTER* (3rd fastest globally)
an *Intel* *Xeon* *X5670* @2.9GHz (6 cores) at *2,638* as used in the *$400m* *Tianhe-2* *SUPERCOMPUTER* (2nd fastest globally)

So, if the iphone CPU is so great, why are gamers, laptop manufacturers, corporations like Amazon/Microsoft and most importantly, the military, wasting their time with huge, blazing hot, power hungry Intel/AMD CPUs??? Why not just sellotape 200,000 iphones together and use that to predict the war/people/weather??

Akshay Virk says:

600 billions stupid

Android Enthusiast says:

Great video by the way 😀

Brahma GECB says:

A11 bionic is claimed to be faster than some modern computer processors and chips, at least in theory. I really want to buy the iPhone X, but I’m a little short of money. ($999 to be precise :-p)

Android Enthusiast says:

Apple A11 bionic chip is:
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Sucks :-p

KRYONPC says:

Nice and detailed! I love it! +1 subscription from me!

Circuit Breaker says:

So why exactly the A11 bionic chip is a badass? And how is neural engine going to be used by the iPhone?

Jean Son says:

Another youtuber said that even though they are based on the same ARM design, the A11 bionic chip has a much bigger L2 cache which makes it so much more powerful, but also more expensive. In general the A11 chip is much bigger in die size than e.g. the 835 chip.

Sri Kesava says:

Nice one Bro!

Subhodeep Mondal says:

Just think the power of apple it only fight with 2 or 3 phone and still remains in 3rd position of market share. Although their target market is always on high end product not on different price range.

Rickard Grönholm says:

What’s the name of the background music?

Stay in the Light says:

you are Indian. I can tell by your accent

Passing Marks says:

May i know which video editing app do you use??

Akshay Veera Raghavan says:

amazing video,u deserve more attention for ur great videos

vasisht shankar says:

I learnt a lot about the working of processors! Very helpful– thank you!

PsEuDoAnOnYmOuS ­­­ says:

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Jyothar Singh says:

just some things id like to correct you on,
You stated that “octa-core and deca-core existed from 2013 itself, there was not even a single app or task which took advantage of all those cores”
However you are very much wrong, the Apple SoCs and Android SoCs are designed around their respective OS. This is why you don’t see Multitasking on older iPhones because they didnt have enough cores to handle it, instead on iOS you only focused on one app at a time.
Android however is different and its 8/10 core CPUs are utilised as they use big.LITTLE CPU design where background tasks are relegated to the power efficient cores and the energy intensive tasks are undertaken by the High Performance Cores. This is what allows multitasking and why older Android SoCs consume less wattage overall (1-2 watts) compared to Apples old 2-4 core SoCs which were energy intensive consuming about 3-5 watts (other factors included transistor size)
Thus the Android 8/10 core CPUs did translate to real world performance

“it is better to have a fully utilised processor that an under utilised octa-core processor”
As stated above, Android devices most of the time are running mostly 4 cores for light task but use 6-8 cores for heavier tasks, and Apples big.LITTLE process based on ARM is the same system used in Octa-core CPUs

You also state that there are “10-cores in the A11 processor and then state that Octa-core and Deca-core Processors have been around since 2013” however you are conflating two different things entirely. You cannot state that the A11 Bionic chip has 10 cores because CPU and GPU cores are completely different (except for the Cell Microprocessor used in the PS3 where the CPU cores could act as GPU cores). The M11 Motion Chip is relegated to only motion based task and isnt used as a CPU processor (You wouldnt say that the Hardware 4K video Decoder which is found in Intel Kaby Lake Chips is a Core, thus making a quad-core processor a 5-core processor). Another thing, is that Snapdragon has 8 GPU cores and Exynos has 20 GPU cores which going by you logic means that Snapdragon actually is a 16-core processor and the Exynos is a 28-core processor.
Therefore the A11 is a hexacore CPU not a 10-core CPU as naming conventions for SoCs are only based on the amount to CPU cores, since GPU cores are never included. Otherwise you would also have to include the image processor, video decoder, radio etc as Cores.

Regarding you segment on no. of transistors, both current Exynos, Snapdragon and A series SoCs are fabricated on the 10nm process, thus the reason why Apple is faster is because its die size is larger not because of its transistors are smaller than the competition.

A large part of apps opening on iOS faster is because Apple uses NVME storage, it has less to do with CPU (although the CPU is still important).

Now in terms of the machine learning algorithm, basically all computers have this and relegate most used tasks into your RAM and cache.

Now let me help you correct you wrong mindset which appears to be conflating what is considered good on desktop systems and transferring that to mobile SoCs. Mobile SoCs use hardware decoding for most of their heavy workload processing (ie. video encoding, image processing etc.) to conserve power, now you can run a fast processor but if your battery is going to drain very quickly then there is no point in having said fast processor.

Now lets get to the reasons why Apples SoC is superior:
1. They have more transistors on their chipset and a larger die size compared to the current competition
2. Their GPU is currently unrivalled by any other SoCs GPU (apples GPU is like Nvidia where they have fewer but higher performance shader units/cores and Androids are like AMDs where they have more shader units).

In terms of real world performance, you are unlikely to use all 6 cores due to the limited nature of iOS in terms of multi-tasking, instead you will most likely be using 4(sometimes 5, rarely 6) cores at a time (4 low performance cores for light tasks, and 2 High performance for heavy tasks with 2-3 Low performance running things in the background).

SRV says:

why do you have a small audience…your videos are so good

Babu Sankaranarayanan says:

Amazing and informative video. I hope iPhone 8 and iPhone X perform the same in benchmarks. Thanks for explaining all about processors too.

Elizabeth Jane says:

I accept that the A11 processor inside iPhone 8 and 8+ might be great. But upgrading from iPhone 7 to iPhone 8 or 8+ is not at all worth it I believe. Design wise or functionality wise, both are somewhat the same. The real upgrade might be to iPhone X. But unfortunately it’s so much overpriced.

Nandini Gopalakrishnan says:

Amazing. iPhone always beats Android devices whether it’s benchmarks or real life performance. And scoring 10k in benchmark! That’s some other level!

Rahul Joshi says:

crazy video..finally a person who saw things in my way …the only spec i didnt understand was VC…can u explain what it is..i searched in net …but hard to find

Matheus Quemel says:

Great video! Thanks

Nitesh Mhatre says:

A11 Bionic in current iPhone’s is a Beast. Competition is still catching up with Last years A10 chip, A11 is like Dream to catch. Lets see what Latest Kirin processor has to offer but seriously Apple took game to Next level.

Mayur Panghaal says:

And they were slowing down older phones on the sly so that they could rip off the isheep …lol

Aung Ko Min says:

That’s because Apple bionic chip is 2x bigger than snapdragon 835 processor.And no integrated modern,no fast charging chip. That’s why battery life is lower than android phone.Just processor is large.

TekNotice says:

Great video. Gave tons of insight as to why the A11 rocks!

ChipRebel says:

For perfect microscopy images of the A11 Bionic have a look https://www.chiprebel.com/apple-a11-bionic/

likitha reddy says:

wow apple

robert hingston says:

Nice video but your accent is so painful for my ears….

Raj Varghese says:

A11 chip is a revolution in itself…….this is great ……great job man……

Shrinish Donde says:

Amazing video!Great Info

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