The newest Apple TV 4K has been accessible to customers for nearly every week, and we proceed to be taught more about the modifications and enhancements Apple’s made with this yr’s revision. The new Apple TV 4K is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, and new in-depth testing from FlatpanelsHD affords an attention-grabbing have a look at how this compares to recreation consoles like the Ps 4 and Ps 5.
Apple TV 4K performance testing
The A15 chip utilized by this yr’s Apple TV 4K has a 4-core GPU, slightly than the 5-core GPU model that was utilized in the iPhone 13 Professional. It additionally has a 4-core CPU slightly than a 5-core CPU, once more exhibiting that it’s mainly a “binned” model of the A15 Bionic chip utilized in different units.
By way of performance in contrast to the previous-generation Apple TV with an A12 chip inside, the assessments carried out by FlatpanelsHD present that this yr’s Apple TV 4K is “roughly 40% quicker.” Apple advertises that it needs to be 50% quicker, however this distinction may merely come down to variations in testing methodology.
One other change this yr is that the newest Apple TV 4K doesn’t have a fan inside, main to a smaller and lighter design. How does this impression performance, cooling, and throttling? The new Apple TV 4K truly throttles much less than the earlier mannequin:
In our CPU benchmark testing A15 was roughly 40% quicker than A12 in the earlier Apple TV – wanting Apple’s claimed 50% enchancment which will use totally different testing methodology. On the different hand we have been shocked to see A15 throttle lower than A12 contemplating that it doesn’t have lively cooling. A 20-minute CPU stresstest throttled A12 to 65% whereas A15 throttled to simply 84%, that means that the new Apple TV 4K can maintain most of its CPU performance throughout extended heavy masses in video games.
By way of comparisons to recreation consoles like the PS5 and Xbox One:
The CPU in A15 Bionic is far, a lot quicker than previous-generation recreation consoles akin to Xbox One and PlayStation 5. The A15’s CPU performance core can also be considerably quicker than PS5’s CPU core (single-core performance) however PS5 pulls forward in multi-core performance as a result of it has 8 cores as opposed to 5 cores in the Apple TV model of A15.
As for the GPU, Apple TV 4K (2022) on paper exceeds 1 TFlops of graphical performance however how a lot is somewhat unclear as there aren’t any GPU information or benchmark apps accessible for tvOS. By way of TFlops performance it nonetheless can not match last-gen recreation consoles akin to Xbox One and it has solely half the quantity of RAM (4GB vs. 8GB).
On the different hand Apple TV 4K (2022) has a lot quicker RAM and is supplied with a really quick NVMe SSD not like the old-school onerous drive in last-gen consoles. We’re beginning to get to some extent the place Xbox One and PS4 video games ought to, in concept, be playable on Apple TV with out too many compromises.
For years, Apple has tried to flip the Apple TV right into a gaming system however with out a lot success. These assessments underscore that the challenge isn’t performance however slightly the lack of broader help from builders and recreation studios. These assessments present that little has modified in that division, however the performance of video games which might be accessible continues to impress.
The complete evaluate from FlatpanelsHD affords a have a look at performance for video games akin to Past a Metal Sky, Sayonara Wild Hearts, The Pathless, and a lot more. Test it out right here.
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