Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 vs Mediatek MT6737

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 625

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (SD625) is a mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2 GHz, an Adreno 506 GPU, a DDR3L-1866 memory controller and a X9 LTE (Cat 7, 4G+, 300 Mbps down, 150 Mbps up) modem. Furthermore, the chip supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1. It is manufactured in 14nm FinFet. The processor performance should be similar to a HiSilicon Kirin 650, which also offers 8 Cortex A53 cores at up to 2 GHz. However, due to the modern manufacturing process, power consumption and throttling should be better with the Snapdragon 625.

Mediatek MT6737

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The MediaTek MT6737 is a 64-bit ARM-based SoC announced in 2016 primarily designed for smartphones (mainly Android devices). It is manufactured in a 28 nm process and consists of four CPU cores based on the 64-bit Cortex-A53 architecture clocked at up to 1.35 GHz (MT6737T up to 1.5 GHz). The GPU is an ARM Mali-720 MP2. It integrates a Cat.4 LTE modem with CDMA200 as well as a video de- and encoder for 1080p30 videos (H.264 and H.265).

Processor

The Cortex-A53 is the successor to the popular Cortex-A7 design. In addition to the jump from 32-bit to 64-bit architecture (ARMv8 ISA) to address more than 4 GB of memory, the new design offers better branch prediction and higher performance-to-power ratio that rivals the Cortex-A9. The four cores of the MT6737 are clocked at up to 1.35 GHz and are roughly on par with the Snapdragon 410 (4x Cortex-A53 at 1.2 to 1.4 GHz). The processor is fit for common tasks like browsing and running light applications.

Graphics

The integrated single-core Mali-T720 is an entry-level GPU clocked between 550-650 MHz for the MT6737 (or 600 for the MT6737T). Most Android games will play at acceptable frame rates on low or medium resolutions and quality.

Features

Besides CPU and GPU, the MT6737 SoC also integrates a memory controller (1x LPDDR2/3 640 MHz / 733 MHz for MT6737T), multiple radios (WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS), and a cellular modem (GSM, UMTS, GPRS, HSPA+, HSUPA, TD-SCDMA, EVDO, and LTE Cat 4). Its integrated video engine allows for 1080p playback at 30 FPS. Cameras are supported up to 13 MP.

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iGPUQualcomm Adreno 405 ( - 550 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 506ARM Mali-T720 MP2 ( - 650 MHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Mediatek MT6737

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 8656     avg: 8836.3     median: 8812 (6%)     max: 9041 Points
154%
625 +
13607 Points (9%)
7765 Points (5%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 8761     avg: 8873     median: 8805 (10%)     max: 9053 Points
155%
625 +
min: 13538     avg: 13678.5     median: 13678.5 (16%)     max: 13819 Points
7705 Points (9%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
165%
625 +
min: 14195     avg: 15726.6     median: 15836.5 (18%)     max: 16267 Points
min: 5462     avg: 8181.3     median: 8266 (10%)     max: 11340 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (24%)     max: 1144 Points
184%
625 +
min: 1638     avg: 1936.2     median: 1992 (45%)     max: 2119 Points
min: 637     avg: 731.9     median: 751 (17%)     max: 788 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 955     avg: 1052.3     median: 1060 (23%)     max: 1142 Points
189%
625 +
min: 1638     avg: 1962.4     median: 2003 (43%)     max: 2452 Points
min: 614     avg: 736.7     median: 763 (16%)     max: 810 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
508 Points (4%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
1728 Points (16%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
2217 Points (6%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
1147 Points (4%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
1573 Points (6%)
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 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
625 +
4792 Points (15%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
625 +
925 Points (19%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2092 Points (8%)
143%
625 +
min: 2525     avg: 3116.4     median: 2984 (11%)     max: 4042 Points
min: 1362     avg: 1528     median: 1494.5 (5%)     max: 1839 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
698 Points (12%)
117%
625 +
min: 795     avg: 823.6     median: 820 (14%)     max: 845 Points
min: 518     avg: 573.3     median: 574.5 (10%)     max: 659 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
100%
625 +
min: 2444     avg: 2478.3     median: 2477 (20%)     max: 2515 Points
min: 703     avg: 777.8     median: 759 (6%)     max: 890 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
625 +
min: 0     avg: 799     median: 870 (14%)     max: 881 Points
min: 450     avg: 533.5     median: 537 (8%)     max: 581 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
625 +
min: 3148     avg: 4170.8     median: 4319.5 (12%)     max: 4396 Points
min: 1252     avg: 1464.7     median: 1504 (4%)     max: 1595 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
104%
625 +
min: 8027.7     avg: 9288.5     median: 9316.4 (16%)     max: 12194 ms
min: 10614.6     avg: 17042.9     median: 16722.7 (28%)     max: 30113.9 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1227.9 ms (13%)
min: 1204.6     avg: 1824.8     median: 1824.8 (20%)     max: 2444.9 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 3371     avg: 3573.4     median: 3527 (7%)     max: 3911 Points
128%
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min: 3781     avg: 4524.2     median: 4502 (9%)     max: 4979 Points
min: 1730     avg: 2386.2     median: 2392 (5%)     max: 3383 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
100%
625 +
1578 Points (42%)
min: 894     avg: 1014.5     median: 1014.5 (27%)     max: 1135 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
100%
625 +
2404 Points (54%)
1651 Points (37%)
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
100%
625 +
3475 Points (46%)
2237 Points (30%)
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
100%
625 +
37065 points (86%)
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
40780 Points (41%)
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 40876     avg: 44579.5     median: 45237 (17%)     max: 46968 Points
140%
625 +
min: 59867     avg: 63395.6     median: 63206 (23%)     max: 68348 Points
min: 0     avg: 27972.3     median: 29237 (11%)     max: 41273 Points
AndEBench - Java
100%
625 +
2429 Iter./s (75%)
min: 849     avg: 853.5     median: 853.5 (26%)     max: 858 Iter./s
AndEBench - Native
100%
625 +
24869 Iter./s (82%)
7636 Iter./s (25%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
100%
625 +
156240 Points (21%)
min: 41914     avg: 47834.8     median: 45882 (6%)     max: 57661 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 0     avg: 3668.8     median: 4293 (22%)     max: 5234 Points
133%
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min: 4596     avg: 5854.6     median: 5718.5 (29%)     max: 7846 Points
min: 2415     avg: 3143.9     median: 3247 (17%)     max: 3624 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
100%
625 +
min: 2400     avg: 2449.8     median: 2424 (25%)     max: 2520 Points
min: 1433     avg: 1476.3     median: 1497 (15%)     max: 1499 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
100%
625 +
min: 2335     avg: 4177.4     median: 4267 (27%)     max: 5580 Points
min: 1531     avg: 1802     median: 1862 (12%)     max: 2013 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
625 +
min: 4626     avg: 4894.3     median: 4850.5 (41%)     max: 5558 Points
min: 2313     avg: 2536.8     median: 2547.5 (21%)     max: 2768 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 → 120%

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT6737 → 70%

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