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Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB 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 2.36 GHz, the chip also integrates an Adreno 330 GPU up to 578 MHz, an LPDDR3-1866 memory controller and various radio modules (UMTS/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS). The slightly higher CPU/GPU clocks and faster memory support are the key differences to the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974.

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 2.36 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 (MSM8974AB: 578 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 MSM8974AB 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 MSM8974AB 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 MSM8974AB will likely to need a little more power than the slightly lower clocked MSM8974.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB is an ARM-based SoC for (mainly android) tabletsIt is built at TSMC in a 28nm HPM (High Performance Mobile) HKMG process and includes 4 Krait 400 cores at up to 2.45 GHz and a Adreno 330 at up to 578 MHz. Furthermore, the SoC integrates a LPDDR3-1866 memory controller as well as WLAN 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS (but no cellular modem). Compared to the Snapdragon 800 chips like the MSM8974AB, the 801 offers a higher clock rate for GPU and CPU and support for eMMC 5.0.

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 801 have been tweaked just slightly with faster L2 cache. Thanks to a clock rate of up to 2.36 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 in the beginning of 2014 (till the Snapdragon 805 arrives).

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 and S801 features the faster Adreno 330 (APQ8074AB: 578 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 comparable to 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 MSM8974AC supports the wireless technologies Bluetooth 4.0 as well as WLAN (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz). However, the APQ8074AB does not offer an integrated cellular modem.

The Snapdragon 801 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 4 W. This should be similar to comparable ARM SoCs currently in the market. However, the APQ8074AB will likely need a little more power than the slightly lower clocked MSM8974.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974ABQualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB
Qualcomm SnapdragonQualcomm Snapdragon
Krait 400Krait 400
Series: Snapdragon Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC compare2.45 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA compare2.26 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 compare2.3 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC compare2.45 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB2.36 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA compare2.26 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 compare2.3 GHz4 / 4 Krait 400
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Adreno 330 (578 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 LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller (14.9 GB/s)Adreno 330 (578 MHz), 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller (14.9 GB/s)
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 330 (578 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 330 (578 MHz)
ArchitectureARMARM

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 4835     avg: 11759     median: 12722.5 (13%)     max: 15872 Points
16678 Points (17%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
1839 Points (15%)
1786 Points (14%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
3592 Points (33%)
3857 Points (35%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
5502 Points (11%)
5973 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
2540 Points (5%)
2692 Points (5%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
3717 Points (10%)
3982 Points (10%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 2460     avg: 2632     median: 2619 (5%)     max: 2785
2327 (4%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 787     avg: 898     median: 919 (19%)     max: 957
915 (19%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
1953 (3%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
934 (19%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Multi Thread
min: 570     avg: 745     median: 759.8 (26%)     max: 978.204 MFLOPS
600 MFLOPS (20%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Single Thread
min: 64     avg: 277     median: 299.2 (29%)     max: 389.922 MFLOPS
348 MFLOPS (34%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 6932.7     avg: 9767     median: 8990.4 (15%)     max: 15700 ms
7427 ms (12%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 515.8     avg: 786     median: 772.7 (8%)     max: 1106.8 ms
1047 ms (11%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 0.9.1 Total Score *
534 ms (5%)
524 ms (5%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 2407     avg: 3638     median: 3131 (5%)     max: 4950 Points
4127 Points (6%)
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Metal
1530 Points (41%)
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Multicore Beta
1931 Points (43%)
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Browser
3015 Points (40%)
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - Quadrant Standard 2.0 Total Score
min: 13839     avg: 20472     median: 23532 (54%)     max: 24045 points
17321 points (40%)
AnTuTu v4 - AnTuTu v4 Total Score
min: 19844     avg: 26595     median: 26595 (62%)     max: 33346 Points
32525 Points (76%)
AnTuTu v5 - AnTuTu v5 Total Score
min: 38920     avg: 40385     median: 40385 (41%)     max: 41850 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
48967 Points (17%)
AndEBench - AndEBench Java
min: 505     avg: 582     median: 566 (17%)     max: 674 Iter./s
469 Iter./s (14%)
AndEBench - AndEBench Native
min: 13619     avg: 15486     median: 15735 (52%)     max: 17104 Iter./s
17744 Iter./s (58%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
min: 16857     avg: 17428     median: 17428 (2%)     max: 17999 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score
min: 3680     avg: 3910     median: 3774 (19%)     max: 4277 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB → 100% n=18

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB → 104% n=18

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