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Here's how the Samsung-made A9 chip fared against its TSMC counterpart in benchmarks

By Cookie Monster - on 7 Oct 2015, 7:00am

Here's how the Samsung-made A9 chip fared against its TSMC counterpart in benchmarks

 Left: Apple iPhone 6s with the 16nm TSMC A9 chip. <br> Apple iPhone 6s with the 14nm Samsung A9 chip. <br>Image source: MyDrivers

In case you missed our previous news, here's a quick recap - Chipworks discovered that there are two different sized A9 chipsets used in the Apple iPhone 6s with one made from Samsung and the other from TSMC. As the Samsung-made A9 is 10% smaller, it is believed to be faster and more power efficient in theory. Chinese site MyDrivers decided to put the two chips to the tests and the results are quite unexpected.

According to MyDrivers, the TSMC-made A9 processor scored slightly better on average in the various benchmarks. In addition, the Samsung-made A9 chipset is found to run a bit hotter (40 degrees celsius vs 37 degrees celsius) and consumed more battery juice under similar test conditions.

Overall, most consumers should not be too bothered with these findings. During our review, the dual-core A9 chipset ran circles around the competition in most benchmarks. If you are curious as to what processor is used in your iPhone 6s or 6s plus, take a read here to find out how.

Source: MyDrivers via PhoneArena

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