Mediatek MT8121 vs Mediatek MT6592 vs Mediatek MT6589T

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 MT6592

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The MediaTek MT6592 is a mid-range 28 nm SoC for Android smartphones and tablets. It was announced near the end of 2013 and is manufactured in 28 nm. It includes 8 Cortex-A7 processor cores that are typically clocked up to 1.7 - 2.0 GHz. Furthermore, the SoC integrates an ARM Mali-450 GPU at 700 MHz, WLAN, a video decoder for up to 4K content, a LPDDR3 memory controller at 666 MHz, and a 2G/3G (UMTS/HSPA+) radio.

Although the MT6592 offers eight relatively high clocked CPU cores compared to other SoCs, its performance in day-to-day usage is a bit lower, as the Cortex-A7 cores offer slower performance per clock and only a few apps are able to make use of all 8 cores simultaneously. Modern dual-core (e.g., Apple A7) or quad-core (e.g., Cortex A15 or Snapdragon 800) SoCs can be clearly faster in everyday scenarios.

The integrated ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU offers 4 graphics clusters that are clocked at a high 700 MHz. However, the performance of the GPU is somewhat below that of a Tegra 4 or Adreno 320. Also like the Nvidia rival, the Mali-450 lacks support for OpenGL ES 3.0.

Mediatek MT6589T

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The Mediatek MT6589T is a low-end system-on-a-chip (SoC) found in many inexpensive smartphones. It is manufactured in 28 nm and integrates a Cortex-A7-based quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, a PowerVR SGX544 GPU clocked at 357 MHz, dual SIM and UMTS/HSPA+ support (up to 21 Mbps) and 1080p30 video decoding and encoding.

Both the CPU and GPU offer performances similar to an Nvidia Tegra 3 or the Samsung Exynos 4412 and Mali-400 GPU. Performance-per-clock of the Cortex-A7 is only slightly below that of a Cortex-A9, which can be found in the two aforementioned rivals. The graphics unit offers sufficient power for multimedia tasks and simple games, but not for extremely high resolution displays or complex 3D graphics.

Thanks to the modern 28 nm manufacturing and comparatively low performance, the power consumption of the entire chip is likely very low in order to be compatible with smaller smartphones and battery capacities.

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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, GPSUMTS/HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, WiFi (802.11n), 666 MHz LPDDR3, 16 MP Camera ISP, 4K Video Encoder, H.265, GPS, NFC, ARM Mali-450 MP4 @ 700 MHzUMTS/HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, 533 MHz LPDDR2, 13 MP Camera ISP, 1080p30 encode/decode, PowerVR SGX544 @ 357 MHz
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3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
8296 Points (5%)
min: 5508     avg: 8551.2     median: 9246 (6%)     max: 10060 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 5182     avg: 9113     median: 9762 (12%)     max: 10293 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
8982 Points (10%)
min: 5713     avg: 10577.1     median: 11158 (13%)     max: 12604 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
351 Points (3%)
430 Points (3%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
836 Points (8%)
966 Points (9%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
1975 Points (3%)
4185 Points (7%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
1156 Points (2%)
2458 Points (4%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
1298 Points (3%)
2561 Points (6%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1125     avg: 1140.5     median: 1140 (1%)     max: 1156 Points
min: 1344     avg: 2349.8     median: 2390 (3%)     max: 2847 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
351 Points (7%)
min: 262     avg: 438.1     median: 445 (9%)     max: 526 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1922     avg: 2134.5     median: 2134 (6%)     max: 2347 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 357     avg: 398     median: 398 (8%)     max: 439 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
min: 221     avg: 247     median: 246 (8%)     max: 272 MFLOPS
min: 241     avg: 295.4     median: 292 (10%)     max: 350 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
114.6 MFLOPS (11%)
min: 118     avg: 144.2     median: 143 (14%)     max: 171 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
16115 ms (27%)
min: 11338     avg: 14383.2     median: 14278 (24%)     max: 19204 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 1451     avg: 1452.9     median: 1452 (16%)     max: 1454 ms
min: 904     avg: 1337.6     median: 1182 (13%)     max: 2016 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
1464.3 ms (14%)
min: 1396     avg: 1616.8     median: 1616 (15%)     max: 1837 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
2085 Points (4%)
min: 1895     avg: 2511.1     median: 2563 (5%)     max: 3085 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
696 Points (19%)
min: 696     avg: 795.8     median: 817 (22%)     max: 853 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
min: 1254     avg: 1455.8     median: 1503 (33%)     max: 1562 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
min: 871     avg: 1559     median: 1694 (22%)     max: 1977 Points
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
min: 8256     avg: 8492     median: 8492 (20%)     max: 8728 points
min: 11433     avg: 13992     median: 14485 (34%)     max: 16058 points
AnTuTu v4 - Total Score
min: 16946     avg: 17314     median: 17314 (40%)     max: 17682
min: 25761     avg: 27890.6     median: 27979 (65%)     max: 30358
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score
min: 22774     avg: 28587     median: 29100 (29%)     max: 33176 Points
AndEBench - Java
min: 358     avg: 367     median: 367 (11%)     max: 376 Iter./s
min: 329     avg: 386.3     median: 384 (12%)     max: 447 Iter./s
AndEBench - Native
min: 6678     avg: 6881     median: 6881 (23%)     max: 7084 Iter./s
min: 11657     avg: 16616     median: 17876 (59%)     max: 19055 Iter./s
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 9544     avg: 9761     median: 9761 (1%)     max: 9978 Points
min: 13907     avg: 22989.2     median: 25313 (3%)     max: 26698 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 2991     avg: 3193.5     median: 3193 (16%)     max: 3396 Points

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8121 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT6592 → 139%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)