Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939

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 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 615 MSM8939

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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.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 6302200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6262200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6252000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4501800 MHz8 / 8
» 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 4501800 MHz8 / 8
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 4501800 MHz8 / 8
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 ControllerAdreno 505 GPU, 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE Cat. 4, Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1600 Memory ControllerAdreno 405 GPU, 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, GPS/GLOSNASS/BeiDou, 32/64 Bit LPDDR3 Memory Controller
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 505Qualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 8656     avg: 8836.3     median: 8812 (6%)     max: 9041 Points
min: 5569     avg: 7207.8     median: 7132.5 (5%)     max: 8902 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 8761     avg: 8873     median: 8805 (10%)     max: 9053 Points
min: 5564     avg: 6968.6     median: 7003 (8%)     max: 9155 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
94%
430 +
min: 8864     avg: 9151.7     median: 9045 (10%)     max: 10364 Points
min: 5758     avg: 8220.4     median: 7460.5 (9%)     max: 15857 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (24%)     max: 1144 Points
113%
430 +
min: 1064     avg: 1206.6     median: 1219.5 (27%)     max: 1338 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 955     avg: 1052.3     median: 1060 (23%)     max: 1142 Points
114%
430 +
min: 1078     avg: 1205.8     median: 1207.5 (26%)     max: 1333 Points
991 Points (21%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
523 Points (4%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
1615 Points (15%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
4043 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
2255 Points (7%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
2579 Points (10%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3032     avg: 3047     median: 3052 (8%)     max: 3057 Points
min: 2291     avg: 2667.2     median: 2720 (7%)     max: 3046 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 717     avg: 728     median: 720 (15%)     max: 747 Points
min: 676     avg: 689.4     median: 681 (14%)     max: 717 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2103     avg: 2483.2     median: 2370 (8%)     max: 3202 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 539     avg: 674.4     median: 638 (13%)     max: 940 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2092 Points (8%)
91%
430 +
min: 1706     avg: 1895.5     median: 1895.5 (7%)     max: 2085 Points
1561 Points (6%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
698 Points (12%)
90%
430 +
min: 613     avg: 628.5     median: 628.5 (11%)     max: 644 Points
626 Points (11%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
100%
430 +
1704 Points (13%)
1727 Points (14%)
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
430 +
min: 619     avg: 655.3     median: 657.5 (10%)     max: 681 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
430 +
min: 2270     avg: 2572.5     median: 2552.5 (7%)     max: 2889 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
306.7 MFLOPS (10%)
min: 0     avg: 278     median: 277.8 (9%)     max: 490 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
228.4 MFLOPS (22%)
min: 0     avg: 165.6     median: 136.8 (13%)     max: 420 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 10420.1     avg: 10899.6     median: 11053.7 (19%)     max: 11109.2 ms
96%
430 +
min: 10396     avg: 12561.4     median: 12969 (22%)     max: 14709 ms
min: 5061     avg: 13398.1     median: 13126 (22%)     max: 20190.1 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1227.9 ms (13%)
min: 793     avg: 1235.4     median: 1213 (13%)     max: 1688.1 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
1177.7 ms (11%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 3371     avg: 3573.4     median: 3527 (7%)     max: 3911 Points
93%
430 +
min: 2604     avg: 3175.6     median: 3273.5 (7%)     max: 3438 Points
min: 2672     avg: 3696.2     median: 3411 (7%)     max: 6999 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
min: 924     avg: 1196.5     median: 1184.5 (32%)     max: 1493 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
min: 817     avg: 1274.8     median: 1238.5 (28%)     max: 1805 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
min: 1849     avg: 2627.8     median: 2521.5 (33%)     max: 3619 Points
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
min: 17712     avg: 20407     median: 19790 (46%)     max: 23719 points
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
40780 Points (41%)
min: 27825     avg: 33966.3     median: 32024 (32%)     max: 49293 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 40876     avg: 44579.5     median: 45237 (17%)     max: 46968 Points
99%
430 +
min: 42798     avg: 45026.6     median: 44963.5 (16%)     max: 47066 Points
min: 29823     avg: 33247.3     median: 33119 (12%)     max: 36800 Points
AndEBench - Java
min: 260     avg: 453.3     median: 417 (13%)     max: 683 Iter./s
AndEBench - Native
min: 6830     avg: 12463     median: 12017 (39%)     max: 18542 Iter./s
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 10592     avg: 12996.5     median: 12996.5 (2%)     max: 15401 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 0     avg: 3668.8     median: 4293 (32%)     max: 5234 Points
110%
430 +
min: 3347     avg: 4612.3     median: 4719.5 (35%)     max: 5290 Points
min: 3045     avg: 3503.8     median: 3536 (26%)     max: 3959 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
100%
430 +
917 Points (68%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
100%
430 +
1783 Points (22%)
1756 Points (21%)
PCMark for Android - Storage score
100%
430 +
3256 Points (21%)
3900 Points (25%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
430 +
min: 3508     avg: 3691.8     median: 3657 (35%)     max: 3892 Points
3293 Points (32%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 → 93%

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