Apple A14X bionic chip’s performance, on par with Intel Core i9-9880H, could be the future for the MacBook?

The A14X chip is expected to fit into Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro tablet. It is expected to benefit from 5nm etching provided by TSMC.

An illustration has been published about this. Signed by Luke Miani, it offers a first glimpse of the possible performance of this processor. The data is taken from recent leaks and rumors on this topic. They also take into account the average increase in performance offered by previous generations of Apple X chips.

Bionic A14X processor, the performance of a Core i9-9880H?

Apple A14X bionic chip’s performance, on par with Intel Core i9-9880H, could be the future for the MacBook?

With a score of 7480 under the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the A14X Bionic stands out as a strong competitor to Intel’s Core i9-9880H.

The Core i9-9880H, which was launched in the second quarter of 2019, is a mobile processor with a thermal envelope of 45 W. Based on a 14nm engraving, it has 8 computing cores and hyper-threading technology, i.e. 16 logic cores. The whole system operates at 2.3 GHz against 4.8 GHz, turbo mode max. It equips Apple’s high-end notebooks like the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019.

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Of course, the A14X is better than the i9 in one respect, but that doesn’t mean it works all the time as x86 is still too much of an irreplaceable factor. If these performance estimates are correct, Apple has a solid solution in hand to definitely abandon Intel processors.

It’s really not fair to compare the two, as they are different processes and architectures. Considering the laws of physical energy conservation, the TDP is at least 40W if the A14X is going to reach the level of the i9-9880H, roughly compensating for the process difference (after all, one is 5nm and the other 14nm). Of course, it’s impossible to use that much power with an iPad, but what if it’s a MacBook? That’s kind of interesting.