Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 439

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 439

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (SD439) is a lower mainstream SoC for (Android based) smartphones and tablets. Compared to the older Snapdragon 435, the 439 is now manufactured in the current 12nm FinFET process and offers higher clock speeds of 2 GHz of the eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores (compared to 1.4 GHz). Wifi (now ac Wave 2 / Wifi 5) and Bluetooth (v5) were also updated, however the GPU still is the rather slow Adreno 505 and the LTE modem was even downgraded to a X6 with only Cat. 4/5 (max. 150 Mbps download, 75 Mbps upload).

Thanks to the higher maximum clock speed, the performance of the Snapdragon 439 mobile platform can reach the old Snapdragon 625 (also 2 GHz with 8x Cortex-A53). However, there is still a big gap to the SoCs with bigger performance cores.

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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
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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
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3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 8656     avg: 8836     median: 8812 (6%)     max: 9041 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 8761     avg: 8873     median: 8805 (10%)     max: 9053 Points
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
min: 12096     avg: 12492     median: 12492.5 (14%)     max: 12809 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (14%)     max: 1144 Points
0 Points (0%)
min: 1500     avg: 1597     median: 1608 (20%)     max: 1657 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
min: 1516     avg: 1588     median: 1598 (28%)     max: 1618 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
712 Points (6%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
1563 Points (14%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
5986 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
3444 Points (7%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
3684 Points (10%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3032     avg: 3047     median: 3052 (5%)     max: 3057 Points
3636 Points (6%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 717     avg: 728     median: 720 (15%)     max: 747 Points
792 Points (16%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
698 Points (11%)
863 Points (14%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2092 Points (6%)
3218 Points (9%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
425 +
min: 541     avg: 654     median: 660.5 (10%)     max: 692 Points
min: 863     avg: 880     median: 877.5 (14%)     max: 903 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
425 +
min: 883     avg: 1761     median: 1849 (3%)     max: 1939 Points
min: 2987     avg: 3141     median: 3154 (5%)     max: 3267 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 176     avg: 177     median: 177 (13%)     max: 177 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 809     avg: 819     median: 812 (5%)     max: 836 Points
Geekbench 5.1 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
176 Points (13%)
Geekbench 5.1 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
823 Points (11%)
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
min: 9768.3     avg: 9963     median: 9952.6 (17%)     max: 10142.7 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1228 ms (13%)
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
min: 4512     avg: 4731     median: 4755.5 (9%)     max: 4958 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
min: 59539     avg: 60585     median: 60585 (21%)     max: 61631 Points
AnTuTu v7 - MEM
100%
425 +
min: 4077     avg: 4924     median: 4503 (14%)     max: 7325 Points
min: 4849     avg: 5390     median: 5051 (16%)     max: 6271 Points
AnTuTu v7 - UX
100%
425 +
min: 11600     avg: 14212     median: 14071.5 (17%)     max: 16206 Points
min: 19841     avg: 21900     median: 22846 (28%)     max: 23014 Points
AnTuTu v7 - GPU
100%
425 +
min: 1132     avg: 1684     median: 1713 (1%)     max: 2126 Points
min: 12224     avg: 12439     median: 12514 (4%)     max: 12579 Points
AnTuTu v7 - CPU
100%
425 +
min: 15748     avg: 22159     median: 23055.5 (14%)     max: 23413 Points
min: 37733     avg: 37810     median: 37769 (23%)     max: 37928 Points
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
100%
425 +
min: 32557     avg: 42979     median: 43584 (8%)     max: 46710 Points
min: 75175     avg: 77540     median: 77652 (14%)     max: 79792 Points
AnTuTu v8 - UX
min: 6969     avg: 12860     median: 13894 (13%)     max: 16684 Points
AnTuTu v8 - MEM
min: 27672     avg: 29440     median: 29676.5 (29%)     max: 30734 Points
AnTuTu v8 - GPU
min: 9258     avg: 10049     median: 10067 (3%)     max: 10803 Points
AnTuTu v8 - CPU
min: 40746     avg: 41220     median: 41221.5 (22%)     max: 41690 Points
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
min: 84645     avg: 93569     median: 95218 (13%)     max: 99193 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
105520 Points (14%)
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
min: 5880     avg: 6095     median: 6115 (31%)     max: 6228 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%)
min: 2490     avg: 2557     median: 2556.5 (15%)     max: 2623 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
100%
425 +
2799 Points (10%)
min: 4775     avg: 5213     median: 5212.5 (18%)     max: 5650 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
425 +
min: 2829     avg: 3299     median: 3294 (27%)     max: 3831 Points
min: 4412     avg: 4632     median: 4643.5 (38%)     max: 4791 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) → 92%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 → 140%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)