NVIDIA Denver 2 vs Exynos M1, Apple A9/A9X: Next-Gen Mobile Processors Benchmarked (Leak)

Numerous next-gen mobile processors have gained a lot of attention during these past several days, as a certain source from China’s Weibo network seems to have acquired information regarding their performance in synthetic benchmarks: specifically Geekbench 3. Assuming these leaks show the real deal then we now have a pretty exciting sneak preview on how these pieces of silicon will perform against their rivals.

The list contains the (tentatively named) NVIDIA Denver 2, the Exynos M1, the Apple A9 and A9X, Huawei’s Kirin 950, and the LG NUCLUN 2. None of these processors has been released yet and some of them are quite new in the picture (such as the new NUCLUN and the Kirin 950). It’s difficult to tell if the new information is legit, but for what it’s worth here’s how these processors allegedly perform next to one another in the same benchmarking conditions.

NVIDIA Denver 2 vs Exynos M1, Apple A9 / A9X, Kirin 950, and LG NUCLUN 2

The graph above has recently been published on Weibo by the same source that continued to reveal bits of information regarding the aforementioned processors for the past several days. It shows the single-thread (orange) and multi-thread (green) score yielded by all of these CPUs in Geekbench 3.

According to the data, the NVIDIA Denver 2 is the most powerful CPU in single-thread tests, scoring 2599 points. Then comes Samsung’s Exynos M1 with a score of 2136 points in single-thread and a whopping 7497 points in multi-thread, leaving the competition in the dust. Surprisingly enough, in multi-threaded tests, the Huawei Kirin 950 appears to be the second most powerful CPU from the bunch, with a score of 6096 points.

As for Apple’s A9 and A9X chips, the former achieved a score of 2090 and 3569 points, whereas the latter yielded 2109 and 5101 points respectively. In contrast, the Exynos 7420 powering the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and Note 5, scored 1486 in single-thread, and 5048 in multi-thread.

Aside from these intriguing figures, the source also revealed some off-screen performance data and other GPU-related details. Thus, the Denver 2 is apparently capable of rendering 117 fps off-screen in GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan and a whopping 206.9 fps in Tyrannosaurus (still offscreen). The Exynos M1 – which supposedly rocks a 2.4 GHz quad-core CPU – scored 59.4 fps and 108.9 fps, whereas the Apple A9 rendered 30.3 fps and 66 fps in Manhattan and Tyrannosaurus respectively (offscreen).

Reportedly the NUCLUN 2 will be built in TSMC’s foundries using a 16nm process, and will rock a quad-core Cortex-A72 CPU @ 2.1 GHz as well as a quad-core A53 unit with frequencies of up to 1.5 GHz. Huawei’s Kirin 950 will aslo boast a 16nm architecture and might rock a Mali-T880 MP6 graphics chip.

This wraps it up for now, but keep in mind that all of the information above cannot be confirmed at this point. Treat it as it is and keep a proverbial pinch of salt nearby. However assuming that the data is correct on the most part, what do you make of it?

Source (graph, Kirin 950, apple A9, apple A9X, LG NUCLUN 2, Samsung M1, Samsung M1 part 2, NVIDIA Denver 2)