iPad Pro chip A9X broken down, specs revealed

Hands-on look at the iPad Pro's A9X chip reveals some juicy specifications.

Published Mon, Nov 30 2015 11:42 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

While Apple likes to downplay specifications and focus on real-world results, enthusiasts will be enthusiasts. Case in point: patent and technology partner company Chipworks has again broken down an Apple processor and spilled the juicy specifications. This time it's the A9X chip -- pictured below -- present on the iPad Pro.

iPad Pro chip A9X broken down, specs revealed |

The A9X features a 12-cluster GPU (likely a semi-custom Apple implementation of the Series 7XT) and two CPU cores. It doesn't feature the level-three cache memory found in the A9, which Fool attributes to the bigger and better chip technology, rendering the old memory unnecessary, or at least not worthwhile.

And we do mean bigger: the A9X represents a 40% size increase over the A9, clocking in at about 147 square millimeters. This is appropriate for a larger device such as the Pro, as opposed to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus.

Fool proclaims the A9X is "easily the most advanced mobile system-on-a-chip available today", noting its "best-in-class CPU/graphics performance" and "extremely large chip built on a bleeding-edge foundry manufacturing process".


Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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