Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952

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.

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.

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Adreno 506 GPU, 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE Cat. 7, Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1866 Memory ControllerAdreno 405 GPU, Dual-Stream 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE Cat. 7, GPS (iZat Gen8C), 32/64 Bit LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller
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3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
625 +
13607 Points (9%)
min: 8656     avg: 8836     median: 8812 (6%)     max: 9041 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
625 +
min: 13538     avg: 13679     median: 13678.5 (16%)     max: 13819 Points
min: 8761     avg: 8873     median: 8805 (10%)     max: 9053 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
625 +
min: 14195     avg: 15727     median: 15836.5 (18%)     max: 16267 Points
min: 9423     avg: 9572     median: 9597.5 (11%)     max: 9670 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
100%
625 +
min: 1638     avg: 1936     median: 1992 (25%)     max: 2119 Points
min: 956     avg: 1061     median: 1083 (14%)     max: 1144 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
100%
625 +
min: 1638     avg: 1962     median: 2003 (35%)     max: 2452 Points
min: 955     avg: 1052     median: 1060 (18%)     max: 1142 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
625 +
4792 (9%)
4792 (9%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
625 +
925 (19%)
925 (19%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
625 +
min: 795     avg: 824     median: 820 (13%)     max: 845
698 (11%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
625 +
min: 2525     avg: 3116     median: 2984 (7%)     max: 4042
2092 (5%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
625 +
min: 841     avg: 866     median: 872.5 (13%)     max: 881
min:      avg: 799     median: 870 (13%)     max: 881
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
625 +
min: 3148     avg: 4171     median: 4319.5 (7%)     max: 4396
min: 3148     avg: 4170.8     median: 4319.5 (7%)     max: 4396
Geekbench 5 - Geekbench 5 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
625 +
171 (11%)
171 (11%)
Geekbench 5 - Geekbench 5 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
625 +
1023 (6%)
1023 (6%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
625 +
min: 8027.7     avg: 9289     median: 9316.4 (16%)     max: 12194 ms
min: 10420.1     avg: 10900     median: 11053.7 (19%)     max: 11109.2 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
625 +
min: 3781     avg: 4524     median: 4502 (8%)     max: 4979 Points
min: 3371     avg: 3573     median: 3527 (6%)     max: 3911 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Metal
100%
625 +
1578 Points (42%)
1578 Points (42%)
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Multicore Beta
100%
625 +
2404 Points (54%)
2404 Points (54%)
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Browser
100%
625 +
3475 Points (46%)
3475 Points (46%)
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - Quadrant Standard 2.0 Total Score
100%
625 +
37065 points (86%)
37065 points (86%)
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
100%
625 +
min: 59867     avg: 63396     median: 63206 (22%)     max: 68348 Points
min: 40876     avg: 44580     median: 45237 (15%)     max: 46968 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
100%
625 +
min: 4570     avg: 5923     median: 5907.5 (18%)     max: 7431 Points
min:      avg: 5076.6     median: 5268 (16%)     max: 7431 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
100%
625 +
min: 19447     avg: 20817     median: 20902.5 (26%)     max: 21974 Points
min:      avg: 17842.9     median: 20641 (25%)     max: 21974 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
100%
625 +
min: 12718     avg: 12942     median: 12832.5 (4%)     max: 13599 Points
min:      avg: 11093     median: 12776 (4%)     max: 13599 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
100%
625 +
min: 25992     avg: 36737     median: 38406.5 (24%)     max: 40836 Points
min:      avg: 31488.7     median: 38162 (23%)     max: 40836 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
100%
625 +
min: 65759     avg: 76418     median: 77841.5 (14%)     max: 81789 Points
min:      avg: 65501.1     median: 77161 (14%)     max: 81789 Points
AndEBench - AndEBench Java
100%
625 +
2429 Iter./s (75%)
2429 Iter./s (75%)
AndEBench - AndEBench Native
100%
625 +
24869 Iter./s (82%)
24869 Iter./s (82%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
100%
625 +
156240 Points (21%)
156240 Points (21%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Computer Vision
100%
625 +
min: 2400     avg: 2450     median: 2424 (13%)     max: 2520 Points
min: 2400     avg: 2449.8     median: 2424 (13%)     max: 2520 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage
100%
625 +
min: 2335     avg: 4177     median: 4267 (15%)     max: 5580 Points
min: 2335     avg: 4177.4     median: 4267 (15%)     max: 5580 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 2.0
100%
625 +
min: 4626     avg: 4894     median: 4850.5 (32%)     max: 5558 Points
min: 4626     avg: 4894.3     median: 4850.5 (32%)     max: 5558 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score
100%
625 +
min: 4596     avg: 5855     median: 5718.5 (29%)     max: 7846 Points
min: 3663     avg: 4586     median: 4723.5 (24%)     max: 5234 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 → 100% n=32

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 → 90% n=32

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