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Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939

Qualcomm 615 MSM8939

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 is a mid-range ARMv8-based SoC largely for Android tablets and smartphones. Announced in February 2014, the S615 is one of the first 64-bit capable SoCs from Qualcomm. In addition to 8 Cortex-A53 CPU cores at up to 1.7 GHz, the SoC integrates an Adreno 405 GPU with a 2x 32-bit memory controller (LPDDR3-1600, 12.8 GB/s) and supports Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.0, UMTS, and LTE.

CPU

The Cortex-A53 is the successor to the very popular Cortex-A7 design. In addition to the new 64-bit capable ARMv8 ISA, the cores offer a variety of other improvements such as better branch prediction. This leads to a significantly higher performance per clock, which is even above the older Cortex-A9.

The eight cores of the Snapdragon 615 are divided into two quad-core clusters, each optimized for a different operating point. While one cluster can clock up to 1.7 GHz to handle more demanding applications, the other cluster is limited to a maximum of 1.0 GHz for energy-saving purposes. All eight cores can be active at the same time, although most applications aren't parallelized to support 8 cores efficiently.

Overall, the Snapdragon 615 offers a performance similar to that of the older Snapdragon 600 (Krait architecture).

GPU

Another new feature is the integrated graphics unit named Adreno 405 (550 MHz). The Adreno 400 series has been substantially redesigned and supports DirectX 11.2 (FL 11_1) including hardware tessellation, OpenGL ES 3.1, and OpenCL 1.2. Furthermore, the performance has been significantly improved, which is now similar to the Adreno 320 and PowerVR G6200.

Features

The Snapdragon 615 offers numerous wireless technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac as well as a Multi-SIM cellular modem supporting LTE cat. 4 (up to 150 Mbps), WCDMA, CDMA, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE.

The SoC can encode and decode 1080p videos using dedicated hardware and stream content to displays with up to 2560 x 2048 pixels. A large number of video codecs including H.265 (playback only) will be supported. The camera ISP can handle sensors with up to 21 MP.

Power Consumption

The Snapdragon 615 is manufactured by TSMC in a 28 nm LP process. According to the specifications, we expect a medium or medium-high power consumption for use in medium-sized or larger smartphones and tablets.

SeriesQualcomm Snapdragon
CodenameCortex-A53
Clock Rate1700 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
Manufacturing Technology28 nm
FeaturesAdreno 405 GPU, 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, GPS/GLOSNASS/BeiDou, 32/64 Bit LPDDR3 Memory Controller
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date02/24/2014
Product Link (external)Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939

Benchmarks

Vellamo 3.x - Metal
0% 100%
min: 1078      avg: 1078 (39%)     median: 1078 (39%)     max: 1078 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
0% 100%
min: 1452      avg: 1452 (55%)     median: 1452 (55%)     max: 1452 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
0% 100%
min: 2493      avg: 2493 (40%)     median: 2493 (40%)     max: 2493 Points
Octane V2 - Total Score
0% 100%
min: 3417      avg: 3417 (9%)     median: 3417 (9%)     max: 3417 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
0% 100%
min: 11610      avg: 11610 (20%)     median: 11610 (20%)     max: 11610 ms
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 2249      avg: 2249 (14%)     median: 2249 (14%)     max: 2249 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 605      avg: 605 (13%)     median: 605 (13%)     max: 605 Points
AndEBench - Java
0% 100%
min: 260      avg: 260 (18%)     median: 260 (18%)     max: 260 Iter./s
AndEBench - Native
0% 100%
min: 12017      avg: 12017 (57%)     median: 12017 (57%)     max: 12017 Iter./s
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 8973      avg: 8973 (15%)     median: 8973 (15%)     max: 8973 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 9155      avg: 9155 (18%)     median: 9155 (18%)     max: 9155 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 8902      avg: 8902 (6%)     median: 8902 (6%)     max: 8902 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
0% 100%
min: 15401      avg: 15401 (21%)     median: 15401 (21%)     max: 15401 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
0% 100%
min: 523      avg: 523 (6%)     median: 523 (6%)     max: 523 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
0% 100%
min: 1615      avg: 1615 (18%)     median: 1615 (18%)     max: 1615 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 4043      avg: 4043 (23%)     median: 4043 (23%)     max: 4043 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
0% 100%
min: 2255      avg: 2255 (14%)     median: 2255 (14%)     max: 2255 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
0% 100%
min: 2579      avg: 2579 (18%)     median: 2579 (18%)     max: 2579 Points
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1127.6      avg: 1127.6 (28%)     median: 1127.6 (28%)     max: 1127.6 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1177.7      avg: 1177.7 (11%)     median: 1177.7 (11%)     max: 1177.7 ms
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 -
0% 100%
min: 19790      avg: 19790 (82%)     median: 19790 (82%)     max: 19790 points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
0% 100%
min: 317.64      avg: 317.6 (13%)     median: 317.6 (13%)     max: 317.64 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
0% 100%
min: 136.759      avg: 136.8 (13%)     median: 136.8 (13%)     max: 136.759 MFLOPS
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

#0 Did not recreate cache, as it is less than 5 days old +0.001s ... 0.001s

#1 min, max, avg, median took 0.00023579597473145s +0.392s ... 0.393s

#2 return log +0s ... 0.394s

Reviews for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 processor

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Other CPUs of the series Snapdragon

» Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
   2.45 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA
   2.26 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8936
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
   1.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928
   1.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8028
   1.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8625Q
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8225Q
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
   0.6 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Celeron 807
   1.5 GHz / 0.3 MB + 1.5 MB
- AMD V-Series V160
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB
- AMD Athlon II Neo K345
   1.4 GHz / 1 MB
- Intel Celeron B720
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB + 1.5 MB
- Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
+ Mediatek MT8752
   1.7 GHz / KB
+ Mediatek MT6752
   2 GHz / KB
+ Intel Atom D2700
   2.13 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300
   1.2 GHz / 3072 KB
+ Intel Core 2 Duo U7700
   1.33 GHz / 2048 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-10-31)