Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)

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 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (compare)2000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (compare)2000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (compare)1800 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 (compare)2000 MHz4 / 4
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521500 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2 (compare)1700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 (compare)1700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8936 (compare)1700 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (compare)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 (compare)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (compare)1400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 (compare)1400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ8016 (compare)1200 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (compare)2000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (compare)2000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (compare)1800 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 (compare)2000 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521500 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2 (compare)1700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 (compare)1700 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8936 (compare)1700 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (compare)1400 MHz8 / 8
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 (compare)1400 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (compare)1400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 (compare)1400 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ8016 (compare)1200 MHz4 / 4
1500 MHz1400 MHz
8 / 88 / 8
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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 Controller
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 505
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 430

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 8656     avg: 8836.3     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 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
94%
430 +
min: 8253     avg: 9092.9     median: 9045 (10%)     max: 10364 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (14%)     max: 1144 Points
110%
430 +
min: 1064     avg: 1194.9     median: 1193 (15%)     max: 1338 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 955     avg: 1052.3     median: 1060 (23%)     max: 1142 Points
113%
430 +
min: 1072     avg: 1195.1     median: 1200 (26%)     max: 1333 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3032     avg: 3047     median: 3052 (8%)     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 Multi-Core Score
2092 Points (7%)
91%
430 +
min: 1706     avg: 1895.5     median: 1895 (6%)     max: 2085 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
698 Points (12%)
90%
430 +
min: 613     avg: 628.5     median: 628 (10%)     max: 644 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
100%
430 +
1704 Points (13%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
430 +
min: 619     avg: 657.4     median: 658 (10%)     max: 685 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
430 +
min: 2222     avg: 2552.6     median: 2552 (4%)     max: 2889 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
306.7 MFLOPS (10%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
228.4 MFLOPS (22%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 10420     avg: 10899.6     median: 11053 (19%)     max: 11109 ms
96%
430 +
min: 10396     avg: 12677.3     median: 13194 (22%)     max: 14709 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1227.9 ms (13%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 3371     avg: 3573.4     median: 3527 (7%)     max: 3911 Points
93%
430 +
min: 2604     avg: 3193.7     median: 3293 (6%)     max: 3438 Points
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
40780 Points (41%)
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 40876     avg: 44579.5     median: 45237 (15%)     max: 46968 Points
99%
430 +
min: 42798     avg: 45026.6     median: 44963 (15%)     max: 47066 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 3663     avg: 4586     median: 4723 (24%)     max: 5234 Points
99%
430 +
min: 3347     avg: 4576.6     median: 4689 (24%)     max: 5290 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
100%
430 +
917 Points (68%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
100%
430 +
1783 Points (14%)
PCMark for Android - Storage score
100%
430 +
3256 Points (14%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
430 +
min: 3408     avg: 3668.1     median: 3636 (30%)     max: 3892 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) → 99%

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