Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952

Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (8917) is an ARM-based entry level SoC for tablets and smartphones (mostly Android based). It was announced in February 2016 and integrates four 64-Bit Cortex-A53 CPU cores (quad-core) that clock with up to 1.4 GHz. Furthermore, there is a Adreno 308 graphics card, a LPDDR3 memory controller (max. 667 MHz) and wireless radios for WiFi and 4G/LTE included in the chip.

The Cortex-A53 is the successor of the entry level Cortex-A7 CPU cores. The A53 is now capable of 64 Bit (ARMv8-ISA) and adressing more than 4 GB RAM. According to ARM the performance per MHz is a lot better and even surpasses a Cortex-A9 core.

The integrated Adreno 308 ist the integrated graphics card that supports OpenGL ES 3.0.

The integrated wireless radios support WiFi 802.11ac Wave 2, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS/Baidou, 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE Cat.4) standards. Futhermore, the SoC is able to decode 1080p videos in H.265 (encode only in H.264) and cameras with up to 13 MP.

The power consumption of the chip is ranging in the lower range, and therefore it is also suited for smaller smartphones. It is manufactured in 28 nm LP at TSMC.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 is a mid-range ARMv8-based SoC largely for Android tablets and smartphones announced in September 2015. In addition to 8 Cortex-A53 CPU cores at up to 1.5 / 1.2 (performance and power saving cluster) GHz, the SoC integrates an Adreno 405 GPU with a LPDDR3-1866 memory controller and supports Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.0, UMTS, and LTE. Compared to the older Snapdragon 615, the clock speeds are a bit lower (hits 1.7 GHz max).

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 617 are divided into two quad-core clusters, each optimized for a different operating point. While one cluster can clock up to 1.5 GHz to handle more demanding applications, the other cluster is limited to a maximum of 1.2 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 617 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 (most likely around 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 617 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 617 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.

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WLAN 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, UMTS/HSPA, LTE Cat. 7 (max. 300 Mbps), GPS (Qualcomm IZat Gen8C Lite), LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller, eMMC 5.1Adreno 405 GPU, Dual-Stream 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE Cat. 7, GPS (iZat Gen8C), 32/64 Bit LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 308Qualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)
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3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
425 +
min: 3958     avg: 9933     median: 10421.5 (12%)     max: 11927 Points
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
0 Points (0%)
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (14%)     max: 1144 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
100%
425 +
min: 375     avg: 843     median: 884 (15%)     max: 916 Points
min: 955     avg: 1052     median: 1060 (18%)     max: 1142 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
425 +
min: 541     avg: 654     median: 660.5 (10%)     max: 692
min: 541     avg: 654.3     median: 660.5 (10%)     max: 692
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
425 +
min: 883     avg: 1761     median: 1849 (3%)     max: 1939
min: 883     avg: 1760.8     median: 1849 (3%)     max: 1939
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
425 +
min: 10742     avg: 13125     median: 13191 (22%)     max: 16192.4 ms
min: 10420.1     avg: 10900     median: 11053.7 (19%)     max: 11109.2 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
425 +
min: 2411     avg: 2952     median: 3052 (5%)     max: 3374 Points
min: 3371     avg: 3573     median: 3527 (6%)     max: 3911 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
100%
425 +
min: 29054     avg: 36278     median: 36883 (13%)     max: 39106 Points
min: 40876     avg: 44580     median: 45237 (15%)     max: 46968 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
100%
425 +
min: 4077     avg: 4924     median: 4503 (14%)     max: 7325 Points
min: 4077     avg: 4924.2     median: 4503 (14%)     max: 7325 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
100%
425 +
min: 11600     avg: 14212     median: 14071.5 (17%)     max: 16206 Points
min: 11600     avg: 14211.7     median: 14071.5 (17%)     max: 16206 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
100%
425 +
min: 1132     avg: 1684     median: 1713 (1%)     max: 2126 Points
min: 1132     avg: 1684.4     median: 1713 (1%)     max: 2126 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
100%
425 +
min: 15748     avg: 22159     median: 23055.5 (14%)     max: 23413 Points
min: 15748     avg: 22158.7     median: 23055.5 (14%)     max: 23413 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
100%
425 +
min: 32557     avg: 42979     median: 43584 (8%)     max: 46710 Points
min:      avg: 39071.8     median: 43307 (8%)     max: 46710 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work 2.0 Battery Life
100%
425 +
5253 min (100%)
5253 min (100%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Computer Vision
100%
425 +
1999 Points (11%)
1999 Points (11%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage
100%
425 +
2799 Points (10%)
2799 Points (10%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 2.0
100%
425 +
min: 2829     avg: 3299     median: 3294 (22%)     max: 3831 Points
min: 2829     avg: 3299     median: 3294 (22%)     max: 3831 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score
100%
425 +
min: 3681     avg: 4389     median: 4491 (22%)     max: 5253 Points
min: 3663     avg: 4586     median: 4723.5 (24%)     max: 5234 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) → 100% n=17

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 103% n=17

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