Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC vs MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC is an ARM-based SoC for tablets and smartphonesIt 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. Compared to the Snapdragon 800 chips like the MS8974AB, 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 2.45 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 (MSM8974AC: 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 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. Futhermore the Snapdragon S801 supports Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA) as the Snapdragon S800 MSM8974AB.

The MSM8974AC 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 MSM8974AC will likely need a little more power than the slightly lower clocked MSM8974.

MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz

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The MediaTek MT8163 V/B is an ARM based entry-level to mid-range SoC for (Android based) tablets. It offers four ARM Cortex-A53 processor cores (quad-core) that are clocked with up to 1.3 GHz. Furthermore, an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 graphics card clocked at 520 MHz, a DDR3x32 1600Mbps memory controller, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and FM are integrated in the SoC.

The similar named MediaTek MT8163 V/A is the faster version, with a CPU clock o up to 1.5 GHz and GPU of up to 600 MHz.

The performance is situated in the entry level of 2015 and often similar to the Kirin 910T (see benchmark below).

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MediaTek MT8168 compare2000 MHz4 / 4
HiSilicon Kirin 620 compare1200 MHz8 / 8
MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz compare1500 MHz4 / 4
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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)DDR3x32 memory controller 1600Mbps, T720 [email protected], internal Display up to 1366x768, HMID up to 1080p, H.265 1080p video decode, 13MP image signal processor, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, embedded GPS module, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio support, ARM TrustZone
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 330 (578 MHz)ARM Mali-T720 MP2 (520 MHz)

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 12939     avg: 14507     median: 13832 (16%)     max: 17748 Points
min: 8724     avg: 10042     median: 10290 (12%)     max: 10857 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 716     avg: 831     median: 867 (11%)     max: 875 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 739     avg: 852     median: 870.5 (15%)     max: 893 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 1427     avg: 1714     median: 1728 (14%)     max: 1971 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 2645     avg: 3006     median: 2994 (27%)     max: 3355 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 4607     avg: 5565     median: 5359 (11%)     max: 6534 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 2074     avg: 2523     median: 2485 (5%)     max: 2882 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 3010     avg: 3604     median: 3594 (9%)     max: 4066 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2095     avg: 2652     median: 2709 (5%)     max: 3005 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 878     avg: 958     median: 965.5 (20%)     max: 1003 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1888     avg: 1930     median: 1930 (3%)     max: 1972 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 617     avg: 638     median: 638 (13%)     max: 659 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
601 Points (10%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
1583 Points (4%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1003     avg: 1024     median: 1024 (16%)     max: 1045 Points
min: 628     avg: 639     median: 640 (10%)     max: 648 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2512     avg: 2658     median: 2658 (5%)     max: 2804 Points
min: 1683     avg: 1754     median: 1767 (3%)     max: 1797 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
min: 605     avg: 720     median: 694.1 (23%)     max: 952.919 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
min: 281.32     avg: 353     median: 366.1 (36%)     max: 403.045 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 6243.3     avg: 7104     median: 6963.2 (12%)     max: 9075 ms
min: 11817.6     avg: 13133     median: 13321.5 (22%)     max: 14320.9 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 408.7     avg: 906     median: 825.5 (9%)     max: 2180.1 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
min: 678.2     avg: 866     median: 801.9 (8%)     max: 1119.1 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 2989     avg: 4486     median: 4549.5 (9%)     max: 5403 Points
min: 2821     avg: 2929     median: 2853.5 (5%)     max: 3320 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
min: 1510     avg: 1569     median: 1562 (42%)     max: 1639 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
min: 1771     avg: 1855     median: 1813.5 (40%)     max: 2034 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
min: 2683     avg: 2896     median: 2871 (38%)     max: 3259 Points
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
min: 20586     avg: 22116     median: 22066.5 (51%)     max: 23744 points
AnTuTu v4 - Total Score
min: 28257     avg: 33877     median: 35007 (81%)     max: 38284
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
min: 36792     avg: 42121     median: 41937 (42%)     max: 47123 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 34714     avg: 35625     median: 35464 (12%)     max: 36602 Points
AnTuTu v7 - MEM
4493 Points (14%)
AnTuTu v7 - UX
13368 Points (16%)
AnTuTu v7 - GPU
2432 Points (1%)
AnTuTu v7 - CPU
20724 Points (13%)
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
41017 Points (7%)
AndEBench - Java
min: 559     avg: 676     median: 681.5 (21%)     max: 785 Iter./s
AndEBench - Native
min: 15827     avg: 17468     median: 17637.5 (58%)     max: 19265 Iter./s
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 17052     avg: 18114     median: 18438 (2%)     max: 18920 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 3308     avg: 3587     median: 3651 (19%)     max: 3737 Points
min: 4125     avg: 4345     median: 4294 (22%)     max: 4685 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 2907     avg: 3177     median: 3219.5 (24%)     max: 3361 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC → 100% n=6

Average Benchmarks MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz → 79% n=6

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