Johnathan Lyman

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Johnathan Lyman
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Comparing Performance of Multiple Apple Devices Before and After Spectre Security Update

I spent some time this evening putting together some fun tables and graphs after seeing a post by Melvin Mughal on his blog that the iOS 11.2.2 update slows down devices by something like 40%. I didn’t believe it, so I fired up all the iDevices I own and benchmarked them before and after the Spectre-fixing update.

January 11 Update: I’ve added links to the Geekbench results at the end of the post for those needing verification of these numbers.

TL;DR: For my three devices, there was no difference in synthetic performance. This isn’t to say that real-world won’t be affected, but since those on the Internet were using synthetic benchmarks to prove their point, I opted to do the same to disprove.

Statistical Note: These measurements were taken using the latest-at-the-time for when the measurements were taken. The measurement of the iPhone X on iOS version 11.1 was taken on November 3, 2017 using Geekbench version 4.2.0. For all other measurements of all other pre-11.2.2 versions, they were taken with Geekbench version 4.2.1.

Summary

Based on the data I was able to collect, I was not able to reproduce the dramatic drop in performance that some are reporting. A couple reasons for this could be that Melvin’s test was performed using an iPhone 6 which may be subject to an elder battery and thus throttling brought about in iOS 11.2. This throttling is in place to prevent the hardware from pulling a higher voltage than the battery can offer. This is a natural cycle of evolution of batteries of this type.

Another possibility is simply that I did not have an iPhone 6 to test. it is possible that a well-performing iPhone 6 is subject to greater performance woes than my newer iPhone X and iPad Pro 10.5″, though that doesn’t explain the inconsequential difference in performance from my iPad Mini 2, a device that uses a much older chipset than an iPhone 6.

Single Core

Device Difference % After Updating from X to 11.2.2
iPhone X (11.1) 0.21%
iPad Pro 10.5″ (11.2.1) 3.56%
iPad Mini 2 (11.1.2) 1.20%

Multi Core

Device Difference % After Updating from X to 11.2.2
iPhone X (11.1) -0.27%
iPad Pro 10.5″ (11.2.1) -0.39%
iPad Mini 2 (11.1.2) -0.64%

Compute

Device Difference % After Updating from X to 11.2.2
iPhone X (11.1) -2.88%
iPad Pro 10.5″ (11.2.1) 1.94%
iPad Mini 2 (11.1.2) -0.51%

Data Dump

iPhone X

Single Core

Benchmark 11.1 11.2.2 Difference %
Score 4224 4233 0.21%
Crypto 3079 3075 -0.13%
Integer 4642 4665 0.50%
Floating Point 3957 3940 -0.43%
Memory 3972 3991 0.48%
AES 3079 3075 -0.13%
LZMA 3426 3483 1.66%
JPEG 4149 4144 -0.12%
Canny 4326 4360 0.79%
Lua 4717 4702 -0.32%
Dijkstra 4588 4766 3.88%
SQLite 4263 4269 0.14%
HTML5 Parse 4369 4378 0.21%
HTML5 DOM 5002 4996 -0.12%
Histogram Equalization 4056 4058 0.05%
PDF Rendering 4349 4341 -0.18%
LLVM 9010 9000 -0.11%
Camera 5089 5099 0.20%
SGEMM 2566 2572 0.23%
SFFT 3329 3330 0.03%
N-Body Physics 3505 3434 -2.03%
Ray Tracing 4312 4349 0.86%
Rigid Body Physics 4169 4126 -1.03%
HDR 5047 5043 -0.08%
Gaussian Blur 4664 4670 0.13%
Speech Recognition 4049 4093 1.09%
Face Detection 4637 4499 -2.98%
Memory Copy 4985 5010 0.50%
Memory Latency 3899 3909 0.26%
Memory Bandwidth 3225 3248 0.71%

Multi Core

Benchmark 11.1 11.2.2 Difference %
Score 10242 10270 -0.27%
Crypto 7708 7650 -0.75%
Integer 13223 13367 1.09%
Floating Point 10322 10193 -1.25%
Memory 4050 4070 0.49%
AES 7708 7650 -0.75%
LZMA 11340 10957 -3.38%
JPEG 13128 13478 2.67%
Canny 11899 13523 13.65%
Lua 12792 13201 3.20%
Dijkstra 13461 12878 -4.33%
SQLite 11514 11128 -3.35%
HTML5 Parse 13110 12705 -3.09%
HTML5 DOM 12256 12392 1.11%
Histogram Equalization 11595 11753 1.36%
PDF Rendering 11613 11582 -0.27%
LLVM 22546 25807 14.46%
Camera 14724 15444 4.89%
SGEMM 5876 5663 -3.62%
SFFT 9338 9503 1.77%
N-Body Physics 9770 9560 -2.15%
Ray Tracing 10725 10370 -3.31%
Rigid Body Physics 11873 12931 8.91%
HDR 15497 14517 -6.32%
Gaussian Blur 10896 11018 1.12%
Speech Recognition 9433 9452 0.20%
Face Detection 12238 11397 -6.87%
Memory Copy 5798 5815 0.29%
Memory Latency 3563 3560 -0.08%
Memory Bandwidth 3217 3259 1.31%

Compute

Benchmark 11.1 11.2.2 % Difference
Score 15306 14865 -2.88%
Histogram Equalization 12075 11719 -2.95%
SFFT 2755 2759 0.15%
Gaussian Blur 25486 22871 -10.26%
Face Detection 10371 9841 -5.11%
Sobel 11861 9726 -18.00%
RAW 50942 58955 15.73%
Depth of Field 26303 26654 1.33%
Particle Physics 21566 21437 -0.60%

iPad Pro 10.5″

Single Core

Benchmark 11.2.1 11.2.2 Difference %
Score 3824 3960 3.56%
Crypto 2402 2498 4.00%
Integer 4039 4174 3.34%
Floating Point 3421 3550 3.77%
Memory 4299 4461 3.77%
AES 2402 2498 4.00%
LZMA 3231 3629 12.32%
JPEG 3560 3674 3.20%
Canny 3693 3713 0.54%
Lua 4154 4305 3.64%
Dijkstra 4565 4793 4.99%
SQLite 3676 3751 2.04%
HTML5 Parse 3858 3907 1.27%
HTML5 DOM 4520 4658 3.05%
Histogram Equalization 3389 3404 0.44%
PDF Rendering 3441 3519 2.27%
LLVM 7622 7894 3.57%
Camera 4116 4247 3.18%
SGEMM 2324 2398 3.18%
SFFT 2816 2892 2.70%
N-Body Physics 3211 3323 3.49%
Ray Tracing 3447 3642 5.66%
Rigid Body Physics 3654 3811 4.30%
HDR 4088 4190 2.50%
Gaussian Blur 3780 3898 3.12%
Speech Recognition 3940 4359 10.63%
Face Detection 3987 3933 -1.35%
Memory Copy 5369 5479 2.05%
Memory Latency 3659 3693 0.93%
Memory Bandwidth 4047 4389 8.45%

Multi Core

Benchmark 11.2.1 11.2.2 Difference %
Score 9408 9445 0.39%
Crypto 7188 7190 0.03%
Integer 11469 11482 0.11%
Floating Point 9658 9658 0.00%
Memory 4951 5109 3.19%
AES 7188 7190 0.03%
LZMA 9521 9514 -0.07%
JPEG 10576 10577 0.01%
Canny 10522 10519 -0.03%
Lua 12011 12065 0.45%
Dijkstra 11461 11349 -0.98%
SQLite 9728 10075 3.57%
HTML5 Parse 11203 11264 0.54%
HTML5 DOM 12810 12467 -2.68%
Histogram Equalization 9790 9798 0.08%
PDF Rendering 9626 9619 -0.07%
LLVM 21986 22188 0.92%
Camera 12281 12245 -0.29%
SGEMM 6667 6654 -0.19%
SFFT 8360 8372 0.14%
N-Body Physics 9544 9550 0.06%
Ray Tracing 9956 10031 0.75%
Rigid Body Physics 10993 10997 0.04%
HDR 12055 11810 -2.03%
Gaussian Blur 11130 11064 -0.59%
Speech Recognition 8572 8595 0.27%
Face Detection 10925 11103 1.63%
Memory Copy 7169 7425 3.57%
Memory Latency 3694 3744 1.35%
Memory Bandwidth 4585 4798 4.65%

Compute

Benchmark 11.2.1 11.2.2 % Difference
Score 30832 30233 -1.94%
Histogram Equalization 21093 20851 -1.15%
SFFT 4848 4885 0.76%
Gaussian Blur 54249 58809 8.41%
Face Detection 12272 11940 -2.71%
Sobel 33126 29732 -10.25%
RAW 167227 170189 1.77%
Depth of Field 71228 68612 -3.67%
Particle Physics 34041 28111 -17.42%

iPad Mini 2

Single Core

Benchmark 11.1.2 11.2.2 Difference %
Score 1255 1270 1.20%
Crypto 668 753 12.72%
Integer 1302 1306 0.31%
Floating Point 1172 1201 2.47%
Memory 1418 1423 0.35%
AES 668 753 12.72%
LZMA 1035 1282 23.86%
JPEG 1493 1504 0.74%
Canny 1319 1416 7.35%
Lua 1228 1222 -0.49%
Dijkstra 1295 1367 5.56%
SQLite 1075 1051 -2.23%
HTML5 Parse 1235 1243 0.65%
HTML5 DOM 1124 900 -19.93%
Histogram Equalization 1326 1323 -0.23%
PDF Rendering 1140 1124 -1.40%
LLVM 2066 1947 -5.76%
Camera 1584 1586 0.13%
SGEMM 767 767 0.00%
SFFT 1250 1255 0.40%
N-Body Physics 889 893 0.45%
Ray Tracing 1091 1165 6.78%
Rigid Body Physics 1388 1391 0.22%
HDR 1685 1675 -0.59%
Gaussian Blur 1316 1319 0.23%
Speech Recognition 1185 1207 1.86%
Face Detection 1234 1402 13.61%
Memory Copy 1379 1383 0.29%
Memory Latency 2215 2218 0.14%
Memory Bandwidth 935 940 0.53%

Multi Core

Benchmark 11.1.2 11.2.2 Difference %
Score 2184 2170 -0.64%
Crypto 1472 1471 -0.07%
Integer 2430 2374 -2.30%
Floating Point 2268 2308 1.76%
Memory 1681 1679 -0.12%
AES 1472 1471 -0.07%
LZMA 2337 2351 0.60%
JPEG 2935 2955 0.68%
Canny 2732 2715 -0.62%
Lua 2456 2314 -5.78%
Dijkstra 2534 2534 0.00%
SQLite 2084 1959 -6.00%
HTML5 Parse 2440 2400 -1.64%
HTML5 DOM 1121 1110 -0.98%
Histogram Equalization 2532 2454 -3.08%
PDF Rendering 2114 2043 -3.36%
LLVM 3855 3591 -6.85%
Camera 3099 3098 -0.03%
SGEMM 1475 1471 -0.27%
SFFT 2460 2469 0.37%
N-Body Physics 1760 1754 -0.34%
Ray Tracing 2223 2285 2.79%
Rigid Body Physics 2751 2762 0.40%
HDR 3258 3265 0.21%
Gaussian Blur 2553 2555 0.08%
Speech Recognition 2013 2029 0.79%
Face Detection 2436 2732 12.15%
Memory Copy 1884 1890 0.32%
Memory Latency 2244 2242 -0.09%
Memory Bandwidth 1124 1119 -0.44%

Compute

Benchmark 11.1.2 11.2.2 % Difference
Score 587 584 -0.51%
Histogram Equalization 325 318 -2.15%
SFFT 35 35 0.00%
Gaussian Blur 365 366 0.27%
Face Detection 647 645 -0.31%
Sobel 414 408 -1.45%
RAW 1709 1704 -0.29%
Depth of Field 2171 2170 -0.05%
Particle Physics 3421 3423 0.06%

Sources

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Johnathan Lyman
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