That’s the situation after a new GPU benchmark put the A17 Pro through its pases, showing that it is definitely more capable than the A16 Bionic that powered last year’s iPhone 14 Pro and will be sold in this year’s iPhone 15 models.
The benchmark in question is GFXBench, and the results make for some interesting reading.
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The A17 Pro has a six-core GPU whereas the A16 Bionic has a five-core GPU, something that was always going to make a difference. The new chip also comes with 8GB of RAM whereas the older silicon has just 6GB. All of that translates to some impressive scores.
As an example, the Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen test saw the A17 Pro perform around 19% faster than the A16 Bionic. Things got even better with the Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen test which saw the A17 Pro best the A16 Bionic by around 45% — the two models tested here were the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro.
Overall, Apple’s claim of up to 20% better performance seems to be right on the money, as is normally the case with these things. That’s good news for those waiting to receive their new handsets this week — they go on sale on September 22 and should start to arrive on the doorsteps of early preorderers on that date. The same goes for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus of course, but those models both use the older A16 Bionic chip.