Early Apple iPad mini (2021) benchmarks reveal downclocked CPU and GPU

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When Apple announced the new iPad mini (2021), it came as a bit of a surprise that it used the latest and greatest Apple chipset, the A15 Bionic. The tablet’s predecessor, the iPad mini (2019), had an A12 Bionic, which is the iPhone chipset from 2018.

So the latest and greatest chipset, huh ‘? Yes and no, as it turns out. The first CPU and GPU Geekbench results are out, and they confirm that this is definitely an Apple A15 chip, and it’s even the version with the 5-core GPU that is also used in the iPhone 13 Pro duo (vanilla 13 and 13 mini get a 4-core GPU).

The results reveal that the tablet actually uses a third version of the chip, one with a clocked CPU. The iPad mini (2021) CPU ran at up to 2.93 GHz and is paired with 4 GB of RAM. The CPUs on both iPhone 13 and 13 Pro ran at up to 3.23 GHz, they have 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM respectively.


GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
    4818
  • Apple iPhone 13
    4587
  • Apple iPad mini (2021)
    4558
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro
    4056
  • Apple iPad mini (2019)
    2817

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
    1734
  • Apple iPhone 13
    1724
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
    1606
  • Apple iPad mini (2021)
    1596
  • Apple iPad mini (2019)
    1114

Of course, the CPU rarely spends its time at top speed (certainly not in a multi-core test), so this does not affect the end result too much. Plus, the new mini is a massive upgrade over the 2-year-old mini (which uses a 3-year-old chipset).

Going on to the graphics test, it looks like the GPU has gotten a bit down. We do not know the exact frequency, but its score is just below the iPhone 13 Pro. It’s again a huge speed increase over the old mini, and it’s faster than the vanilla iPhone 13 (the fifth GPU core shows its value).

GeekBench 5 (GPU, metal)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
    14258
  • Apple iPad mini (2021)
    13759
  • Apple iPhone 13
    10685
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
    9446
  • Apple iPad mini (2019)
    5460

We already suspected that there are different inputs in the A15 chipset with those where the fifth GPU core could not turn on to be set aside for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini. Now it seems that not all A15 chipsets with five working GPU cores are up to iPhone Pro material. If they can’t reach the 3.23 GHz mark, they get a 2.93 GHz clock and set off for the new iPad mini.

The iPad mini (2021) is available from today in selected countries and will expand to more regions in the coming weeks.

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