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Nine-core M4 iPad Pro benchmarks leak, still smokes M2

M4 iPad Pro

A new set of alleged benchmarks for the nine-core M4 in the iPad Pro indicates that it will still provide buyers with a massive performance boost.

Following the launch of the M4 iPad Pro models, aninitial benchmark claimed to show the M4 as being very powerful. Now, a second seems to show both variants of the M4 chip will offer good performance to consumers.

The M4 generation consists of two versions. A top-tier variant has ten cores, consisting of four performance cores and six efficiency cores.

A second version exists with nine, available in some lower-capacity configurations of iPad Pro. That uses three performance cores along with six efficiency cores.

The second benchmark, surfacing on Sunday, is for an iPad referred to as "iPad 16,4" on Geekbench. The listing indicates it to be the nine-core variant due to its 3-core and 6-core cluster counts.

The two leaked M4 single-core benchmarks versus the M2
The two leaked M4 single-core benchmarks versus the M2

The Geekbench listing offers a single-core score of 3,630 and a multi-core score of 13,060.

When put against the previous 10-core benchmark leak, the nine-core M4's single-core result is quite close, being just 137 points behind. By contrast, the M2 in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is at 2,540, 1,090 points behind.

On the multi-core side, the 9-core result is a bit behind the 10-core's 14,667. The ten-core is 12% better than the nine-core here, which makes sense given the extra core.

Leaked M4 benchmarks against M2 in multi-core testing
Leaked M4 benchmarks against M2 in multi-core testing

The M2, meanwhile, manages a mere 9,630. This means the nine-core M4 is still 35% better than the M2.

According to Apple's promotional material, the M4 delivers a 1.5-times improvement on CPU performance. While the ten-core benchmark seems to meet that mark, the nine-core is still pretty close.

However, while these benchmarks are plausible, they do occur before the actual release of the tablets to the public. It remains to be seen if these figures will hold up under the weight of multiple inbound benchmarks.