The latest Apple TV 4K has been available to consumers for a week, and we continue to learn more about the changes and improvements Apple has made with this year’s review. The new Apple TV 4K is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, and a new in-depth test from Flat panelsHD this compares to game consoles like the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5.
Apple TV 4K performance test
The A15 chip used by this year’s Apple TV 4K has a 4-core GPU, rather than the 5-core GPU version used in the iPhone 13 Pro. It also has a 4-core CPU instead of a 5-core CPU, again indicating that it is a “binned” version of the A15 Bionic chip used in other devices.
In terms of performance compared to the previous generation Apple TV with an A12 chip inside, the tests carried out Flat panelsHD show that this year’s Apple TV 4K is “about 40% faster.” Apple advertises that it should be 50% faster, but this difference may just be due to differences in testing methodology.
Another change this year is that the latest Apple TV 4K does not have a fan inside, resulting in a smaller and lighter design. How does this affect performance, cooling and throttling? The new Apple TV 4K is really spinning less than the previous model:
In our CPU benchmark test A15 was about 40% faster than A12 in the previous Apple TV – short of the 50% improvement Apple claimed could have been achieved using a different testing methodology. On the other hand, we were surprised to see A15 throttle less than A12 considering it does not have active cooling. A 20-minute CPU stress test reached A12 to 65% and A15 only reached 84%, which means that the new Apple TV 4K can sustain most of its CPU performance during long heavy loads in games.
Regarding comparisons with game consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox One:
The CPU in A15 Bionic is much, much faster than previous generation game consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 5. The CPU performance core of the A15 is also much faster than the PS5 CPU core (single-core performance) but PS5 pulls ahead in multi-core. core performance because it has 8 cores compared to 5 cores in the Apple TV version of A15.
As for the GPU, Apple TV 4K (2022) has on paper more than 1 TFlops of graphic performance but how much is a bit unclear as there is no GPU information or benchmarking apps available for tvOS. In terms of TFlops performance it still can’t match next generation game consoles like Xbox One and it only has half the amount of RAM (4GB vs. 8GB).
On the other hand, Apple TV 4K (2022) has much faster RAM and is equipped with a very fast NVMe SSD unlike the old-school hard drive in last-gen consoles. We’re starting to get to the point where, in theory, Xbox One and PS4 games should be playable on Apple TV without too many compromises.
For years, Apple has tried to turn the Apple TV into a gaming device with little success. These tests indicate that the issue is not performance but the wider lack of support from developers and game studios. These tests show that not much has changed in that department, but the performance of the available games is still impressive.
Full review from Flat panelsHD it offers a look at performance for games like Beyond Steel Sky, Sayonara Wild Hearts, The Pathless, and much more. Check it out here.
Will the Apple TV 4K ever become a primary gaming device? Let us know what you think down in the comments.
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