Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952

Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (SD430) is a lower mainstream SoC for (Android based) smartphones and tablets. Contrary to the Snapdragon 630, it is still manufactured in a 28-nm process and also consists of an octa-core CPU part with ARM Cortex-A53 cores. However, they are only clocked at up to 1.4 GHz. The integrated X6 LTE modem supports Cat. 4 with maximum transfer rates of 150 Mbps (downstream) and 75 Mbps (upstream). The SoC also includes an Adreno 505 GPU with support for Vulkan and OpenGL ES 3.1. WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 are supported as well. The memory controller supports LPDDR3 clocked at 800 MHz (so probably dual-channel DDRL-1600). 

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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Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 compare1700 MHz8 / 8
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 compare1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) compare1400 MHz4 / 4
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2 compare1700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 compare1700 MHz8 / 8
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)1400 MHz8 / 8
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) compare1400 MHz4 / 4
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Adreno 505 GPU, 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE Cat. 4, Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1600 Memory ControllerAdreno 405 GPU, Dual-Stream 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE Cat. 7, GPS (iZat Gen8C), 32/64 Bit LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 505Qualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
430 +
min: 8253     avg: 9093     median: 9045 (10%)     max: 10364 Points
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
100%
430 +
min: 1064     avg: 1195     median: 1193.5 (15%)     max: 1338 Points
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (14%)     max: 1144 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
100%
430 +
min: 1072     avg: 1195     median: 1200.5 (21%)     max: 1333 Points
min: 955     avg: 1052     median: 1060 (18%)     max: 1142 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
430 +
min: 613     avg: 629     median: 628.5 (10%)     max: 644
698 (11%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
430 +
min: 1706     avg: 1896     median: 1895.5 (5%)     max: 2085
2092 (5%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
430 +
min: 619     avg: 657     median: 658.5 (10%)     max: 685
min: 619     avg: 657.4     median: 658.5 (10%)     max: 685
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
430 +
min: 2222     avg: 2553     median: 2552.5 (4%)     max: 2889
min: 2222     avg: 2552.6     median: 2552.5 (4%)     max: 2889
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
430 +
min: 10396     avg: 12677     median: 13194 (22%)     max: 14709 ms
min: 10420.1     avg: 10900     median: 11053.7 (19%)     max: 11109.2 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
430 +
min: 2604     avg: 3194     median: 3293.5 (6%)     max: 3438 Points
min: 3371     avg: 3573     median: 3527 (6%)     max: 3911 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
100%
430 +
min: 42798     avg: 45027     median: 44963.5 (15%)     max: 47066 Points
min: 40876     avg: 44580     median: 45237 (15%)     max: 46968 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
100%
430 +
min: 3999     avg: 4992     median: 4792 (15%)     max: 6830 Points
min: 3999     avg: 4992.5     median: 4792 (15%)     max: 6830 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
100%
430 +
min: 14313     avg: 16454     median: 16194 (20%)     max: 17949 Points
min: 14313     avg: 16454.2     median: 16194 (20%)     max: 17949 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
100%
430 +
min: 8556     avg: 9082     median: 9083 (3%)     max: 9583 Points
min: 8556     avg: 9082.2     median: 9083 (3%)     max: 9583 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
100%
430 +
min: 14989     avg: 26579     median: 27811 (17%)     max: 28218 Points
min: 14989     avg: 26579.1     median: 27811 (17%)     max: 28218 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
100%
430 +
min: 44992     avg: 56835     median: 58282 (10%)     max: 59990 Points
min: 44992     avg: 56835.2     median: 58282 (10%)     max: 59990 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work 2.0 Battery Life
100%
430 +
917 min (17%)
917 min (17%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Computer Vision
100%
430 +
1783 Points (9%)
1783 Points (9%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage
100%
430 +
3256 Points (11%)
3256 Points (11%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 2.0
100%
430 +
min: 3408     avg: 3668     median: 3636 (24%)     max: 3892 Points
min: 3408     avg: 3668.1     median: 3636 (24%)     max: 3892 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score
100%
430 +
min: 3347     avg: 4577     median: 4689 (23%)     max: 5290 Points
min: 3663     avg: 4586     median: 4723.5 (24%)     max: 5234 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) → 100% n=20

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 101% n=20

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