Mediatek MT8121 vs Mediatek MT6580M vs Mediatek MT6589

Mediatek MT8121

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The Mediatek MT8121 is a low-cost ARM SoC (System on a Chip) mainly used in tablets. It is manufactured in 28 nm and integrates a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU. The CPU cores are typically clocked at 1.3 GHz while the GPU is clocked at 156 MHz.

Performance

Since the Cortex-A7 architecture is somewhat slower than a Krait or Cortex-A9 design at the same clock speeds, the performance of the MT8121 is just below Nvidia's Tegra 3 or the Samsung Exynos 4412. The PowerVR SGX 544 is also just a low-cost solution not designed for ultra-high resolution displays or very demanding games.

Features

In addition to the processor and GPU, the SoC integrates a decoder for 1080p video, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as GPS, but lacks a 2G/3G/4G radio. Cameras are supported up to a resolution of 13 MP.

Power consumption

Thanks to the energy-efficient A7 cores and 28 nm manufacturing, the power consumption is likely very low and suitable for even smaller tablets.

Mediatek MT6580M

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The Mediatek MT6580M is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) for low-cost tablets and smartphones. It is manufactured in 28 nm and offers a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor (max 1.3 GHz) as well as an ARM Mali-400 MP2 GPU (MP2 unconfirmed, but the similar MT6582 has a MP2 clocked at 416 MHz). Furthermore, the chip supports dual SIM, UMTS and HSPA+, WiFi, FM, Bluetooth and GPS. 

The CPU performance of the MT6580M is similar to other Cortex-A7 SoCs clocked at the same frequency. Depending on the benchmark, the CPU power is roughly comparable with the Nvidia Tegra 3 and sufficient for everyday applications such as browsing. The GPU will handle only simple Android games in moderate resolutions.

Mediatek MT6589

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The MediaTek MT6589 (previously known as the TMK6588) is an SoC for budget Android tablets and smartphones. It is manufactured in 28 nm and offers a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, 1080p30 video encoding and decoding, 802.11n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0 and radios for Dual-SIM UMTS HSPA+, GPS and FM. The performance is similar to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Series and adequate for everyday tasks like browsing.

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Mediatek MT65921700 - 2000 MHz8 / 8
Mediatek MT81271500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6589T1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT83891200 - 1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT81251200 - 1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT83211300 MHz4 / 4
» Mediatek MT81211300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT65821300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6582M1300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6580M1300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT65891200 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT65721200 MHz2 / 2
Mediatek MT65921700 - 2000 MHz8 / 8
Mediatek MT81271500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6589T1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT83891200 - 1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT81251200 - 1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT83211300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT81211300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT65821300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6582M1300 MHz4 / 4
» Mediatek MT6580M1300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT65891200 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT65721200 MHz2 / 2
Mediatek MT65921700 - 2000 MHz8 / 8
Mediatek MT81271500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6589T1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT83891200 - 1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT81251200 - 1500 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT83211300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT81211300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT65821300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6582M1300 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT6580M1300 MHz4 / 4
» Mediatek MT65891200 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT65721200 MHz2 / 2
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Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPSMali-400 MP2 @ 416 MHz, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM
iGPUPowerVR SGX544 (156 MHz)ARM Mali-400 MP2 (416 MHz)PowerVR SGX544
128 KB
Mediatek MT6580M Mediatek MT6589

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
8296 Points (5%)
min: 7465     avg: 7576     median: 7575.5 (5%)     max: 7686 Points
min: 6884     avg: 8119     median: 8136 (5%)     max: 9830 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 7371     avg: 7572     median: 7572 (9%)     max: 7773 Points
107%
1 MT6589 +
min: 7691     avg: 8234     median: 8067 (10%)     max: 9427 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
8982 Points (10%)
min: 7498     avg: 8007     median: 7886 (9%)     max: 8913 Points
min: 8134     avg: 9264     median: 9346 (11%)     max: 10309 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
0 Points (0%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
0 Points (0%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
1 MT8121 +
351 Points (3%)
80%
1 MT6589 +
min: 259     avg: 285     median: 280 (2%)     max: 336 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
1 MT8121 +
836 Points (8%)
93%
1 MT6589 +
min: 691     avg: 789     median: 779 (7%)     max: 911 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
1 MT8121 +
1975 Points (4%)
105%
1 MT6589 +
min: 2032     avg: 2191     median: 2068 (4%)     max: 2576 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
1 MT8121 +
1156 Points (2%)
106%
1 MT6589 +
min: 1196     avg: 1286     median: 1221 (2%)     max: 1498 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 MT8121 +
1298 Points (3%)
104%
1 MT6589 +
min: 1305     avg: 1403     median: 1347 (4%)     max: 1641 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1125     avg: 1141     median: 1140.5 (2%)     max: 1156 Points
min: 1135     avg: 1165     median: 1170.5 (2%)     max: 1184 Points
min: 1049     avg: 1181     median: 1097 (2%)     max: 1425 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
351 Points (7%)
min: 354     avg: 356     median: 356 (7%)     max: 356 Points
min: 322     avg: 350     median: 327 (7%)     max: 399 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
1171 Points (2%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
350 Points (7%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
407 Points (6%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
1166 Points (3%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 394     avg: 421     median: 426 (7%)     max: 437 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 1131     avg: 1167     median: 1161.5 (2%)     max: 1237 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 221.9     avg: 247     median: 247 (8%)     max: 272.043 MFLOPS
40%
1 MT6589 +
min: 88.169     avg: 113     median: 98.8 (3%)     max: 149.263 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 114.2     avg: 115     median: 114.6 (11%)     max: 114.998 MFLOPS
32%
1 MT6589 +
min: 34.218     avg: 46.8     median: 37 (4%)     max: 73.089 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
16115 ms (27%)
min: 14579.1     avg: 16993     median: 15157.3 (25%)     max: 21256.7 ms
min: 15546.6     avg: 16970     median: 17169.9 (29%)     max: 18568.1 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 1451.8     avg: 1453     median: 1452.9 (16%)     max: 1454 ms
100%
1 MT6589 +
min: 1138.1     avg: 1417     median: 1451 (16%)     max: 1575.6 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
100%
1 MT8121 +
1464 ms (14%)
101%
1 MT6589 +
min: 946.6     avg: 1269     median: 1331 (13%)     max: 1563.3 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
2085 Points (4%)
min: 1645     avg: 2066     median: 2138.5 (4%)     max: 2280 Points
min: 1403     avg: 1564     median: 1449 (3%)     max: 1839 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
100%
1 MT8121 +
696 Points (19%)
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 8256     avg: 8492     median: 8492 (20%)     max: 8728 points
47%
1 MT6589 +
min: 3841     avg: 4622     median: 3973 (9%)     max: 5885 points
AnTuTu v3 - CPU
100%
1 MT6589 +
min: 5454     avg: 6159     median: 5931 (39%)     max: 7606
AnTuTu v4 - Total Score
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 16946     avg: 17314     median: 17314 (40%)     max: 17682
82%
1 MT6589 +
min: 13383     avg: 14572     median: 14155 (33%)     max: 15979
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 15185     avg: 22450     median: 23956.5 (8%)     max: 25237 Points
AnTuTu v7 - MEM
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 2654     avg: 2929     median: 2969 (9%)     max: 3122 Points
AnTuTu v7 - UX
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 6403     avg: 8560     median: 8949 (11%)     max: 9938 Points
AnTuTu v7 - GPU
0 Points (0%)
AnTuTu v7 - CPU
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 7527     avg: 7814     median: 7615.5 (5%)     max: 8496 Points
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 17073     avg: 19302     median: 19523 (3%)     max: 21088 Points
AndEBench - Java
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 358     avg: 367     median: 367 (11%)     max: 376 Iter./s
89%
1 MT6589 +
min: 300     avg: 344     median: 327 (10%)     max: 419 Iter./s
AndEBench - Native
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 6678     avg: 6881     median: 6881 (23%)     max: 7084 Iter./s
94%
1 MT6589 +
min: 6354     avg: 6842     median: 6463 (21%)     max: 8095 Iter./s
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
100%
1 MT8121 +
min: 9544     avg: 9761     median: 9761 (1%)     max: 9978 Points
85%
1 MT6589 +
min: 6337     avg: 8521     median: 8336 (1%)     max: 10615 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
0 Points (0%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
100%
1 MT6580M +
min: 2516     avg: 2715     median: 2695.5 (14%)     max: 3041 Points

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8121 → 100% n=6

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT6580M → 98% n=6

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT6589 → 93% n=6

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)