Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2

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 616 MSM8939v2

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2 is a mid-range ARMv8-based SoC largely for Android tablets and smartphones. Announced in February 2014, the S616 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 (power saving cluster max. 1.2 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 616 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 1.2 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 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 most likely). 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 616 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 616 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 616 MSM8939v2
Qualcomm SnapdragonQualcomm Snapdragon
Cortex-A53Cortex-A53
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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 450 (compare)1800 MHz8 / 8
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521500 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v21700 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 450 (compare)1800 MHz8 / 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89521500 MHz8 / 8
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v21700 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
1500 MHz1700 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 405 GPU, WLAN 802.11ac (1x1), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE Cat. 4, FM, GNSS, 1x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1600 Memory Controller
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 8656     avg: 8836.3     median: 8812 (6%)     max: 9041 Points
min: 7582     avg: 8157     median: 8343 (5%)     max: 8520 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 8761     avg: 8873     median: 8805 (10%)     max: 9053 Points
min: 7654     avg: 8192.8     median: 8445 (10%)     max: 8548 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
min: 7550     avg: 8116.2     median: 8174 (9%)     max: 8764 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (24%)     max: 1144 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 955     avg: 1052.3     median: 1060 (23%)     max: 1142 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3032     avg: 3047     median: 3052 (8%)     max: 3057 Points
min: 2792     avg: 2934.4     median: 2938 (8%)     max: 3047 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 717     avg: 728     median: 720 (15%)     max: 747 Points
min: 613     avg: 671.6     median: 688 (14%)     max: 698 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2092 Points (8%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
698 Points (12%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
306.7 MFLOPS (10%)
min: 289.805     avg: 305.8     median: 313.5 (11%)     max: 314.091 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
228.4 MFLOPS (22%)
min: 185.883     avg: 214.6     median: 221.2 (22%)     max: 236.817 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 10420.1     avg: 10899.6     median: 11053.7 (19%)     max: 11109.2 ms
min: 12076.8     avg: 13353.8     median: 12510 (21%)     max: 15263 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1227.9 ms (13%)
min: 1258     avg: 1579     median: 1298.9 (14%)     max: 2180.2 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
1218.4 ms (12%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 3371     avg: 3573.4     median: 3527 (7%)     max: 3911 Points
min: 2950     avg: 3283     median: 3155 (6%)     max: 3647 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
1130 Points (30%)
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
1816 Points (40%)
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
2620 Points (35%)
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
22393 points (52%)
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
40780 Points (51%)
36520 Points (45%)
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 40876     avg: 44579.5     median: 45237 (18%)     max: 46968 Points
min: 33335     avg: 35035.8     median: 35102 (14%)     max: 37152 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
96167 Points (13%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 0     avg: 3668.8     median: 4293 (32%)     max: 5234 Points
min: 3425     avg: 3584     median: 3558.5 (26%)     max: 3794 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2 → 95%

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