Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA is an ARM-based SoC for tablets and smartphonesIt is built at TSMC in a 28nm HPM (High Performance Mobile) HKMG process, whereas the Snapdragon 600 was manufactured in 28nm LP. In addition to 4 CPU cores with a clock speed of up to 2.26 GHz, the chip also integrates an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz, an LPDDR3-1600 memory controller and various radio modules (UMTS/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS). Compared to other S801 SoCs (e.g the MSM8974AB), the MSM8974AA offers the lowest CPU-, GPU- and memory clock rates.

Processor 

The CPU portion is based on Qualcomm's Krait architecture, which is compatible with the ARMv7 ISA. Compared to the Snapdragon 600 (Krait 300), the new Krait 400 cores of the Snapdragon 800/801 have been tweaked just slightly with faster L2 cache. Thanks to a clock rate of up to 2.26 GHz and a high performance per MHz somewhere between an ARM Cortex-A9 and a Cortex-A15, the Snapdragon 801 offers very strong CPU performance. The S801 competes with the Nvidia Tegra 4, Samsung Exynos 5420 and Apple A7 and is therefore one of the fastest ARM SoCs on the market as of 2013.

Graphics

Another difference between the Snapdragon 600 and 800/801 is the graphics unit. While the S600 implements an Adreno 320 (400 to 450 MHz), the S800 /S801 feature the faster Adreno 330 (MSM8974Aa: 450 MHz). Both GPUs offer the same amount of texture units (8 TMUs), but the Adreno 330 has 50 percent more shaders (probably 6x SIMD16 vs. 4x SIMD16 of the previous generation)In conjunction with the higher memory bandwidth, the performance is significantly better. As a result, the Adreno 330 is slightly faster than the Mali-T628 (Exynos 5420) and the PowerVR G6430 (Apple A7). Depending on the device and cooling, however, the performance may vary. The GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.0 as well as OpenCL 1.2.

Features 

Furthermore, the MSM8974AA supports many wireless technologies: Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), GSM (GPRS, EDGE), W-CDMA/UMTS (HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, cat.29 DC-HSPA+), MBMS, cat.4 LTE, CDMA2000 (1X RTT, 1 × EV-DO Rel.0/Rev.A/Rev.B, 1× EV-DO Rev.A MC, 1× Adv Rev.A/Rev.B) and TD-SCDMA. 

The MSM8974AA can encode and play UHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 at 30 FPS (120 Mbps H.264 High Profile) simultaneously via dedicated hardware. Moreover, it supports both USB 2.0 and 3.0 and cameras up to 55 megapixels and stereoscopic 3D.

Power Consumption

Thanks to the new 28nm HPM HKMG process, the energy efficiency has been improved significantly compared to its LP 28nm S600 predecessor. Depending on the field of application, the maximum power consumption should be about 3 W for smartphones or 4 W or greater for tablets. This should be similar to comparable ARM SoCs currently in the market. However, the MSM8974AA will likely to need a little less power than the other S801 SoCs due to the lower clock rates.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 is an ARM-based SoC for tablets and smartphonesIt is built at TSMC in a 28nm HPM (High Performance Mobile) HKMG process, whereas the Snapdragon 600 was manufactured in 28nm LP. In addition to 4 CPU cores with a clock speed of up to 2.3 GHz, the chip also integrates an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz, an LPDDR3-1600 memory controller and various radio modules (UMTS/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS).

Processor 

The CPU portion is based on Qualcomm's Krait architecture, which is compatible with ARMv7 ISA. Compared to the Snapdragon 600 (Krait 300), the new Krait 400 cores of the Snapdragon 800 have been tweaked just slightly with faster L2 cache. Thanks to a clock rate of up to 2.3 GHz and a high performance per MHz somewhere between an ARM Cortex-A9 and a Cortex-A15, the Snapdragon 800 offers very strong CPU performance. The S800 competes with the Nvidia Tegra 4, Samsung Exynos 5420 and Apple A7 and is therefore one of the fastest ARM SoCs on the market as of 2013.

Graphics

Another difference between the Snapdragon 600 and 800 is the graphics unit. While the S600 implements an Adreno 320 (400 to 450 MHz), the S800 features the faster Adreno 330 (450 MHz). Both GPUs offer the same amount of texture units (8 TMUs), but the Adreno 330 has 50 percent more shaders (probably 6x SIMD16 vs. 4x SIMD16 of the previous generation). In conjunction with the higher memory bandwidth, the performance is significantly better. As a result, the Adreno 330 is slightly faster than the Mali-T628 (Exynos 5420) and the PowerVR G6430 (Apple A7). Depending on the device and cooling, however, the performance may vary. The GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.0 as well as OpenCL 1.2.

Features 

Furthermore, the MSM8974 supports many wireless technologies: Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), GSM (GPRS, EDGE), W-CDMA/UMTS (HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, cat.29 DC-HSPA+), MBMS, cat.4 LTE, CDMA2000 (1X RTT, 1 × EV-DO Rel.0/Rev.A/Rev.B, 1× EV-DO Rev.A MC, 1× Adv Rev.A/Rev.B) and TD-SCDMA. 

The MSM8974 can encode and play UHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 at 30 FPS (120 Mbps H.264 High Profile) sumiltaneously via dedicated hardware. Moreover, it supports both USB 2.0 and 3.0 and cameras up to 55 megapixels and stereoscopic 3D.

Power Consumption

Thanks to the new 28nm HPM HKMG process, the energy efficiency has been improved significantly compared to its LP 28nm S600 predecessor. Depending on the field of application, the maximum power consumption should be about 3 W for smartphones or 4 W or greater for tablets. This should be similar to comparable ARM SoCs currently in the market.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AAQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
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Krait 400Krait 400
: Snapdragon Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC compare2.45 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB compare2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB compare2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA2.26 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM89742.3 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC compare2.45 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB compare2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB compare2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA2.26 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM89742.3 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
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Adreno 330 (450 MHz), LTE cat.4, UMTS, MBMS, GSM, CDMA2000, tD-SCDMA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1600 Memory Controller (14.9 GB/s)Adreno 330 (450 MHz), LTE cat.4, UMTS, MBMS, GSM, CDMA2000, tD-SCDMA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1600 Memory Controller (12.8 GB/s)
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 330 (? - 450 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 330 (450 MHz)
ArchitectureARMARM
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
4282 Points (3%)
min: 5061     avg: 12899     median: 14737 (9%)     max: 17059 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
4422 Points (5%)
min: 5104     avg: 7863     median: 7865 (8%)     max: 10619 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 4301     avg: 10729     median: 10728.5 (11%)     max: 17156 Points
min: 6632     avg: 14272     median: 14506 (15%)     max: 17257 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
817 Points (14%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
min: 993     avg: 1745     median: 1908 (15%)     max: 2145 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
min: 2217     avg: 3367     median: 3447 (31%)     max: 3971 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
min: 3191     avg: 5615     median: 5878 (12%)     max: 6430 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
min: 1447     avg: 2524     median: 2601 (5%)     max: 2796 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
min: 2166     avg: 3696     median: 3845 (10%)     max: 4145 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
2570 (5%)
min: 1600     avg: 2569     median: 2641 (5%)     max: 2995
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
913 (19%)
min: 551     avg: 865     median: 908 (19%)     max: 956
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
2809 (4%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
926 (19%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
798 (12%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
1307 (3%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
991 (14%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
2330 (4%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Multi Thread
634 MFLOPS (21%)
min: 273.81     avg: 782     median: 833.1 (28%)     max: 1095.24 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Single Thread
426 MFLOPS (42%)
min: 95.049     avg: 361     median: 386.3 (38%)     max: 499.008 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 7264.1     avg: 7519     median: 7518.5 (13%)     max: 7772.9 ms
min: 6816.4     avg: 9375     median: 8208.1 (14%)     max: 27066.8 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
1509 ms (17%)
min: 534     avg: 813     median: 739.4 (8%)     max: 1760.5 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 0.9.1 Total Score *
min: 558     avg: 763     median: 758 (7%)     max: 1087.2 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 4249     avg: 4530     median: 4529.5 (8%)     max: 4810 Points
min: 2714     avg: 3981     median: 4089.5 (7%)     max: 5416 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Metal
min: 1178     avg: 1349     median: 1345 (36%)     max: 1526 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Multicore Beta
min: 1541     avg: 1696     median: 1692.5 (38%)     max: 1856 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Browser
min: 2443     avg: 2662     median: 2660 (35%)     max: 2884 Points
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - Quadrant Standard 2.0 Total Score
min: 11103     avg: 18016     median: 19594 (45%)     max: 21610 points
AnTuTu v3 - AnTuTu v3 CPU
15386 Points (100%)
AnTuTu v4 - AnTuTu v4 Total Score
min: 22379     avg: 31302     median: 32872 (76%)     max: 35455 Points
AnTuTu v5 - AnTuTu v5 Total Score
40256 Points (41%)
min: 32731     avg: 37780     median: 38083 (38%)     max: 43075 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
min: 37549     avg: 45006     median: 45006 (15%)     max: 52463 Points
34400 Points (12%)
AndEBench - AndEBench Java
min: 407     avg: 612     median: 632 (19%)     max: 709 Iter./s
AndEBench - AndEBench Native
min: 11344     avg: 15203     median: 15791.5 (52%)     max: 17777 Iter./s
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
min: 9380     avg: 15432     median: 15263.5 (2%)     max: 17815 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score
min: 3036     avg: 3743     median: 3743 (19%)     max: 4450 Points
min: 3525     avg: 3905     median: 3950 (20%)     max: 4241 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Computer Vision
2403 Points (13%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage
2186 Points (7%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 2.0
3699 Points (24%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA → 100% n=13

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 → 127% n=13

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