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  • iPhone 4S Processor is Throttled

    Tech reports seem to point to the fact that the iPhone 4S has a throttled processor like the iPhone 4.

    The dual core A5 chip in the iPhone 4S is the most powerful iPhone processor yet. It even blows every other mobile phone out of the water in benchmarks. The power of this phone is absolutely astounding and it even competes with some of the highest performance tablets in speed.

    The A5 processor is currently found in two of Apple's devices, the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. The iPod Touch does not have it yet; it remains at an A4 level processor. However, would you believe me if I said that the iPhone 4S had a throttled processor? It appears so. Geekbench, a popular benchmarking program for machines shows that the iPhone 4S indeed runs an 800Mhz A5 processor. The iPad 2 runs a 1Ghz A5 processor.



    Although the A5 processor is throttled to 800Mhz, it still holds water in what Apple said, "It's up to 2x faster than the iPhone 4." Shown by the Geekbench benchmark test above, the iPhone 4S is way above the iPhone 4 however is slightly lower than the iPad 2. Of course, it really wouldn't make too much sense for Apple to make a mobile phone as powerful as their golden tablet, would it? That being said, don't count out the A5 processor just yet. Let's compare it to some of its competition.



    The iPhone 4S, without a doubt, blows every mobile phone out of the water in performance. It's almost as powerful as Apple's market-leading tablet. The graphics power of the dual core A5 chip is absolutely unmatched by any phone out there as of late. According to Apple, the iPhone 4 has 7x slower graphics rendering than the iPhone 4S. They may have been very liberal on those numbers because according to the benchmark tests, the iPhone 4S has 8x faster graphics instead of 7x.

    If I were you, I wouldn't let the throttle get in the way of my decision. The power is still unmatched by a long shot. Most of it probably has to do with battery life.

    Some iPhone 4S's are already being obtained in Europe. What do you think about the dual core A5 processor? Share below!

    Sources: Anandtech
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4S Processor is Throttled started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. CustomSS1's Avatar
      CustomSS1 -
      Other smartphone developers wont be pleased with these result.

      I bet Samsung will release a phone soon with good resistance value against the iPhone 4S (in CPU powwaa)

      just my 5 cents
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      Isn't the iPhone 4 running at 1ghz
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Regarding the second test anything above 60 is superfluous as screens won't be able to display any higher.
    1. Hosko817's Avatar
      Hosko817 -
      smart play by apple. when jailbreak exploits are found in the future apple can just send out an update to patch those holes and mask them as "performance improvements"
    1. smonme's Avatar
      smonme -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      Isn't the iPhone 4 running at 1ghz
      No apple underclocks it, after lots of debating I put a preorder in for one, though samsungs epic 4G touch did look good in store
    1. jamesgrenard's Avatar
      jamesgrenard -
      Quote Originally Posted by CustomSS1 View Post
      Other smartphone developers wont be pleased with these result.

      I bet Samsung will release a phone soon with good resistance value against the iPhone 4S (in CPU powwaa)

      just my 5 cents
      im kinda curious as to how to matches up w/ the HTC Evo 3D
    1. skattyadz's Avatar
      skattyadz -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Regarding the second test anything above 60 is superfluous as screens won't be able to display any higher.
      Benchmarks are for comparison. Consider a game with twice the complexity of GLBenchmark. The chart shows that the iPhone 4S might be the only phone there capable of running the game at 60fps. It is a useful comparison to show.
    1. Moreno53's Avatar
      Moreno53 -
      This is gonna hurt a lot of Fandroid's feelings...lol!
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      I like it fast
    1. ricroc911's Avatar
      ricroc911 -
      Apple knows how to make a smart phone!!!!!
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      Isn't the iPhone 4 running at 1ghz
      This can only mean that next July when they release the i phone 5 it will be faster then the 4s.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Galaxy S 2 is only better on paper.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      LG G2X processor would spank this processor, so would the HTC Sensation.

      LG G2X processor would spank this processor, so would the HTC Sensation.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moreno53 View Post
      This is gonna hurt a lot of Fandroid's feelings...lol!
      +1
    1. ricroc911's Avatar
      ricroc911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      LG G2X processor would spank this processor, so would the HTC Sensation.

      I doubt that very much!!
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zeal View Post
      I like it fast
      That's what she says
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      It's all about efficiency. Raw clock numbers are meaningless as proven by real world tests. I read an article earlier that said the 1.5Ghz processor in the T-Mobile S2 actually scored LOWER than the 1.2Ghz Model on the other carrier. Mind you the chips are made from two different manufacturers. In that case Apple's 800Mhz dual core chip beats Samsung's 1.5Ghz Dual core chip... almost double the clock speed and half the performance...and I'm sure half the battery life. For everyone who drools over specs and goes out to buy their phones without actual performance to back it up this article is for you
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      I can figure out which articles are written by Anthony Bouchard without even looking at the by line.
    1. starkall's Avatar
      starkall -
      Why would they throttle it? To achieve better battery life perhaps?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by starkall View Post
      Why would they throttle it? To achieve better battery life perhaps?
      Most likely