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iPhone 15 Pro’s A17 Pro chip dominates in mobile benchmarks


A17 Pro chip
Apple's A17 Pro chip focuses more on efficiency than performance.
Photo: Apple

Geekbench scores of Apple’s A17 Pro chip powering the iPhone 15 Pro series have surfaced online. The scores give a fair estimate of how fast Apple’s latest mobile chip is.

Based on the Geekbench listing, the A17 Pro ships with a higher base frequency and 8GB RAM.

iPhone 15 Pro’s Geekbench scores are here

Spotted by MySmartPrice, the A17 Pro inside the iPhone 15 Pro has a base frequency of 3.78GHz. In Geekbench’s test, the SoC scored 2908 in the single-core benchmark and 7238 in the multi-core test. For comparison, the iPhone 14 Pro‘s A16 Bionic chip scores 2642 and 6739, respectively, in the same benchmark. This means the A17 Pro delivers 9.2% faster single-core performance than the A16 Bionic, which is around Apple’s claimed 10% ballpark.

A17 Pro Geekbench score
iPhone 15 Pro’s A17 Pro has passed through Geekbench.
Screenshot: MySmartPrice

An iPhone 15 Pro Max with the model number iPhone 16,2 scored 2846 and 7,024 in Geekbench’s test suite.

Apple claims the A17 Pro’s 6-core CPU is 10% faster than its predecessor. The 6-core GPU offers a 20% performance uplift along with support for hardware ray tracing and Apple-designed shader architecture. Considering the A16 Bionic is clocked at 3.42GHz, the faster CPU performance of the A17 Pro can be attributed to the higher clock speed.

Besides the faster CPU and GPU, the SoC ships with a 16-core Neural Engine that’s nearly twice as fast as before. This should allow the new iPhones to deliver better performance in AI tasks. Add in the extra 2GB RAM, and the new iPhones sold perform better in daily use.

Despite the modest performance boost, the A17 Pro remains the fastest chip on a smartphone.

A17 Pro could be all about its efficiency

Apple likely focused on efficiency this year instead of performance. A17 Pro is based on TSMC’s 3nm node, which should bring notable efficiency improvements. However, Apple still claims the iPhone 15 Pro lineup offers the same battery life as the 2022 models.

Perhaps, most importantly, the A17 Pro features a dedicated AV1 encoder, making streaming content from Netflix, YouTube, and other services much more efficient. This won’t improve the iPhone 15 Pro’s performance but should enhance battery life.

We will have to wait for the initial iPhone 15 Pro reviews to see how they fare in the battery life department and whether there’s any substantial improvement.


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