Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 435

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.

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 435

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (SD435) 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 X9 LTE modem supports Cat. 4 with maximum transfer rates of 300 Mbps (downstream) and 100 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). The main difference to the Snapdragon 430 is the faster LTE modem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 6302200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6262200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6252000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4392000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4501800 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4292000 MHz4 / 4
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521500 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v21700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM89391700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM89361700 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4351400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM89291400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)1400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM89161400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ80161200 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6302200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6262200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6252000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4392000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4501800 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4292000 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521500 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v21700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM89391700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM89361700 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4351400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM89291400 MHz8 / 8
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)1400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM89161400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ80161200 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6302200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6262200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6252000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4392000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4501800 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4292000 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521500 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v21700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM89391700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM89361700 MHz4 / 4
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 4351400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM89291400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)1400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM89161400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ80161200 MHz4 / 4
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Adreno 405 GPU, Dual-Stream 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE Cat. 7, GPS (iZat Gen8C), 32/64 Bit LPDDR3-1866 Memory ControllerWLAN 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 505 GPU, 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE Cat. 7, Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1600 Memory Controller
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 308Qualcomm Adreno 505
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Qualcomm Snapdragon 435

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 8656     avg: 8836     median: 8812 (6%)     max: 9041 Points
90%
435 +
7935 Points (5%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 8761     avg: 8873     median: 8805 (10%)     max: 9053 Points
88%
435 +
7745 Points (9%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
109%
425 +
min: 3958     avg: 9933     median: 10421.5 (12%)     max: 11927 Points
94%
435 +
min: 7095     avg: 8887     median: 9015.5 (10%)     max: 9345 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (14%)     max: 1144 Points
0 Points (0%)
108%
435 +
min: 1028     avg: 1199     median: 1167.5 (15%)     max: 1352 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 955     avg: 1052     median: 1060 (19%)     max: 1142 Points
83%
425 +
min: 375     avg: 843     median: 884 (15%)     max: 916 Points
109%
435 +
min: 1002     avg: 1182     median: 1152 (20%)     max: 1382 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3032     avg: 3047     median: 3052 (5%)     max: 3057 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 717     avg: 728     median: 720 (15%)     max: 747 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
698 Points (11%)
83%
435 +
577 Points (9%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2092 Points (6%)
110%
435 +
2308 Points (6%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
425 +
min: 541     avg: 654     median: 660.5 (10%)     max: 692 Points
101%
435 +
min: 637     avg: 663     median: 666 (11%)     max: 691 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
425 +
min: 883     avg: 1761     median: 1849 (3%)     max: 1939 Points
140%
435 +
min: 2210     avg: 2610     median: 2582 (4%)     max: 2889 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
307 MFLOPS (10%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
228 MFLOPS (22%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 10420.1     avg: 10900     median: 11053.7 (19%)     max: 11109.2 ms
96%
425 +
min: 10742     avg: 13125     median: 13191 (22%)     max: 16192.4 ms
96%
435 +
min: 11007     avg: 12667     median: 12750 (21%)     max: 13586.4 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1228 ms (13%)
90%
435 +
1979 ms (22%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 3371     avg: 3573     median: 3527 (7%)     max: 3911 Points
87%
425 +
min: 2411     avg: 2952     median: 3052 (6%)     max: 3374 Points
91%
435 +
min: 2689     avg: 3112     median: 3209 (6%)     max: 3314 Points
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
40780 Points (41%)
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 40876     avg: 44580     median: 45237 (15%)     max: 46968 Points
82%
425 +
min: 29054     avg: 36278     median: 36883 (13%)     max: 39106 Points
101%
435 +
min: 42643     avg: 44884     median: 45572 (16%)     max: 46814 Points
AnTuTu v7 - MEM
100%
425 +
min: 4077     avg: 4924     median: 4503 (14%)     max: 7325 Points
102%
435 +
min: 4213     avg: 4532     median: 4581.5 (14%)     max: 4750 Points
AnTuTu v7 - UX
100%
425 +
min: 11600     avg: 14212     median: 14071.5 (17%)     max: 16206 Points
114%
435 +
min: 14261     avg: 15880     median: 16055.5 (20%)     max: 17146 Points
AnTuTu v7 - GPU
100%
425 +
min: 1132     avg: 1684     median: 1713 (1%)     max: 2126 Points
558%
435 +
min: 9541     avg: 9568     median: 9563 (3%)     max: 9605 Points
AnTuTu v7 - CPU
100%
425 +
min: 15748     avg: 22159     median: 23055.5 (14%)     max: 23413 Points
120%
435 +
min: 27075     avg: 27665     median: 27740 (17%)     max: 28105 Points
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
100%
425 +
min: 32557     avg: 42979     median: 43584 (8%)     max: 46710 Points
131%
435 +
min: 56672     avg: 57644     median: 57289 (10%)     max: 59326 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
100%
435 +
81667 Points (11%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 3663     avg: 4586     median: 4723.5 (24%)     max: 5234 Points
95%
425 +
min: 3681     avg: 4389     median: 4491 (23%)     max: 5253 Points
102%
435 +
min: 4316     avg: 4876     median: 4814.5 (25%)     max: 5438 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
100%
425 +
5253 Points (100%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
100%
425 +
1999 Points (12%)
94%
435 +
min: 1646     avg: 1876     median: 1875.5 (11%)     max: 2105 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
100%
425 +
2799 Points (10%)
246%
435 +
min: 4303     avg: 6883     median: 6882.5 (24%)     max: 9462 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
425 +
min: 2829     avg: 3299     median: 3294 (27%)     max: 3831 Points
113%
435 +
min: 3538     avg: 3737     median: 3710 (30%)     max: 3928 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) → 92%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 → 130%

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