A9X Chip Vs. Intel Core i5 Chip
Apple claims that the new A9X processor is a desktop-class processor that runs faster than the Surface Pro 3 with the i5 (priced at $1,080).
There is no question the A9X is a big step up from the previous generation AX8 chip. Apple claims the chip is 2 times faster than the A8X and faster than 80 percent of portable PCs released in the past year. Just keep in mind, a good deal of last year's laptops were priced considerably less than the average price of Apple's iPad Pros.
Apple also claims the A9X is up to 70 percent faster overall compared with the A8X and 90 percent faster in processing graphics. These are bold claims, but no independent testing has been conducted, so we'll have to take Apple's claims with a grain of salt until it's tested.
Intel's comparable fourth-generation i5 runs at 1.9GHz (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.9GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4400.