Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 450

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 450

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (SD450) is a lower mainstream SoC for (Android based) smartphones and tablets. It features eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores at up to 1.8 GHz and is already manufactured in the power efficient 14nm process. The integrated X9 LTE modem supports Cat. 7 with maximum transfer rates of 300 Mbps (downstream) and 150 Mbps (upstream). The SoC also includes an Adreno 506 GPU with support for Vulkan and OpenGL ES 3.1. WiFi 802.11ac (1x1, max 364 Mbps) and Bluetooth 4.1 are supported as well. The memory controller supports LPDDR3 (single channel) and the integrated video engine supports H.264 (encode and decode) and HEVC (only decode) in 1080p.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (compare)2000 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4501800 MHz8 / 8
» 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) (compare)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 4501800 MHz8 / 8
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) (compare)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
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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 506 GPU, X9 LTE Modem (300 / 150 Mbps)
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 506
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 450

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
0 Points (0%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
146%
450 +
min: 13596     avg: 14088.1     median: 13988 (16%)     max: 15177 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (24%)     max: 1144 Points
166%
450 +
min: 1529     avg: 1763.3     median: 1792.5 (40%)     max: 1823 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 955     avg: 1052.3     median: 1060 (23%)     max: 1142 Points
168%
450 +
min: 1580     avg: 1761.5     median: 1783.5 (38%)     max: 1816 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
450 +
min: 737     avg: 746.5     median: 746.5 (6%)     max: 756 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
450 +
min: 1708     avg: 2112.5     median: 2112.5 (19%)     max: 2517 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
450 +
min: 5993     avg: 6010.5     median: 6010.5 (17%)     max: 6028 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
450 +
min: 3340     avg: 3381     median: 3381 (10%)     max: 3422 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
450 +
min: 3683     avg: 3783.5     median: 3783.5 (14%)     max: 3884 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3032     avg: 3047     median: 3052 (8%)     max: 3057 Points
130%
450 +
min: 3963     avg: 3980.5     median: 3980.5 (11%)     max: 3998 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 717     avg: 728     median: 720 (15%)     max: 747 Points
98%
450 +
707 Points (14%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2092 Points (8%)
176%
450 +
min: 3625     avg: 3690.5     median: 3690.5 (13%)     max: 3756 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
698 Points (12%)
105%
450 +
min: 709     avg: 732.5     median: 732.5 (13%)     max: 756 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
100%
450 +
min: 2145     avg: 2278     median: 2278 (18%)     max: 2411 Points
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
450 +
min: 741     avg: 759.4     median: 756 (12%)     max: 787 Points
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
450 +
min: 3272     avg: 3843.8     median: 3909.5 (11%)     max: 4022 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: 10420.1     avg: 10899.6     median: 11053.7 (19%)     max: 11109.2 ms
99%
450 +
min: 11359.5     avg: 11543.8     median: 11492.5 (19%)     max: 11862.7 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
113%
450 +
min: 3470     avg: 3937.8     median: 3997 (8%)     max: 4078 Points
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
40780 Points (51%)
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 40876     avg: 44579.5     median: 45237 (18%)     max: 46968 Points
126%
450 +
min: 54731     avg: 57351.9     median: 57201 (22%)     max: 60077 Points
AndEBench - Java
0 Iter./s (0%)
AndEBench - Native
0 Iter./s (0%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
100%
450 +
101906 Points (13%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 0     avg: 3668.8     median: 4293 (32%)     max: 5234 Points
123%
450 +
min: 4914     avg: 5262.1     median: 5286.5 (39%)     max: 5656 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
100%
450 +
652 Points (71%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
100%
450 +
min: 2144     avg: 2150.5     median: 2150.5 (26%)     max: 2157 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
100%
450 +
min: 4391     avg: 5150     median: 5150 (33%)     max: 5909 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
450 +
min: 4171     avg: 4536.1     median: 4581.5 (44%)     max: 4759 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 → 110%

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