Last week we saw the first Geekbench A17 Pro results, which show that the CPU performs a bit better than Apple claims. We’ve now taken a look at the first GPU benchmark results, and it looks like the performance matches and exceeds what Apple promised.
Apple said the A17 Pro GPU offers up to 20% faster performance than the A16 Bionic and brings new features like network shadowing, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and more.
In the Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen test, the iPhone 15 Pro Max with the A17 Pro performed about 19% better than the iPhone 15 Plus with the A16 Bionic.
And the iPhone 15 Pro offered 27% more bezels than the 15 Plus. The 15 Pro and Pro Max fared even better against the A16 in the iPhone 14 Pro, with a performance improvement of up to 51%.
In the Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen test, the A17 Pro also showed a significant improvement, with the 15 Pro offering ~45% more frames than the 14 Pro with the A16 chip. The 15 Pro Max showed much less improvement in these results compared to the 14 Pro Max.
In the Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen test, the improvement for the A17 Pro chip was up to 31.5% with the latest GPU with a total of 12386 frames rendered compared to a max of 9417 frames with the A16 Bionic.
That averaged 199.8 fps for the A17 Pro versus 151.9 fps for the A16.
GPU performance is not 20% or higher in all comparisons between the new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with A17 Pro vs. iPhone 15 and 15 Plus or 14 Pro. But that’s why Apple says “up to” a 20% faster GPU.
In any case, it looks like Apple’s new GPU offers improvements beyond the 20% gain. We’ll be looking forward to some of the first real-world gaming experiences and more news about the performance the new GPU enables.