Mediatek MT8121 vs Mediatek MT6592 vs Mediatek MT8389

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 MT8389

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The Mediatek MT8389 is a low-cost ARM SoC (System on a Chip) used 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 1.2 - 1.5 GHz, while the GPU is clocked at 300 MHz. The official specifications of the MT8389 are identical to the MT8125 SoC.

Performance

Since the Cortex-A7 architecture is somewhat slower than a Krait or Cortex-A9 design at the same clock speed, the performance of the MT8389 is just below Nvidia's Tegra 3 or the Samsung Exynos 4412. The PowerVR SGX 544 is also just a simple low-cost solution not designed for ultra-high resolution displays or very demanding games.

Features

In addition to processor and GPU, the SoC also integrates a decoder for 1080p video, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, GPS and 2G/3G radios (up to HSPA+). 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 low enough to be a fit for tablets.

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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 MHzWi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM, 3G/HSPA+, 2G/EDGE
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3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
8296 Points (5%)
min: 5508     avg: 8551.2     median: 9246 (6%)     max: 10060 Points
min: 7384     avg: 7882.7     median: 8037 (5%)     max: 8227 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 5182     avg: 9113     median: 9762 (12%)     max: 10293 Points
min: 7174     avg: 7725.7     median: 7932 (9%)     max: 8071 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
8982 Points (10%)
min: 5713     avg: 10577.1     median: 11158 (13%)     max: 12604 Points
7962 Points (9%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
351 Points (3%)
430 Points (3%)
min: 266     avg: 272     median: 271 (2%)     max: 279 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
836 Points (8%)
966 Points (9%)
min: 767     avg: 806     median: 795 (7%)     max: 856 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
1975 Points (3%)
4185 Points (7%)
min: 2005     avg: 2023.3     median: 2018 (3%)     max: 2047 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
1156 Points (2%)
2458 Points (4%)
min: 1151     avg: 1183.7     median: 1181 (2%)     max: 1219 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
1298 Points (3%)
2561 Points (6%)
min: 1299     avg: 1310.7     median: 1301 (3%)     max: 1332 Points
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
min: 1042     avg: 1069     median: 1069 (1%)     max: 1096 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
351 Points (7%)
min: 262     avg: 438.1     median: 445 (9%)     max: 526 Points
325 Points (7%)
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
min: 35     avg: 87.9     median: 111 (4%)     max: 116 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
114.6 MFLOPS (11%)
min: 118     avg: 144.2     median: 143 (14%)     max: 171 MFLOPS
min: 36     avg: 57.6     median: 37 (4%)     max: 99 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
16115 ms (27%)
min: 11338     avg: 14383.2     median: 14278 (24%)     max: 19204 ms
18660.9 ms (31%)
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
min: 1413     avg: 1454.9     median: 1463 (16%)     max: 1487 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
1464.3 ms (14%)
min: 1396     avg: 1616.8     median: 1616 (15%)     max: 1837 ms
min: 1319     avg: 1332     median: 1333 (13%)     max: 1343 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
2085 Points (4%)
min: 1895     avg: 2511.1     median: 2563 (5%)     max: 3085 Points
1355 Points (3%)
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
4706 points (11%)
AnTuTu v3 - CPU
5967 (39%)
AnTuTu v4 - Total Score
min: 16946     avg: 17314     median: 17314 (40%)     max: 17682
min: 25761     avg: 27890.6     median: 27979 (65%)     max: 30358
13430 (31%)
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
min: 294     avg: 317     median: 326 (10%)     max: 331 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
min: 6373     avg: 6440     median: 6437 (21%)     max: 6510 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
min: 8173     avg: 8297.3     median: 8323 (1%)     max: 8396 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%

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8389 → 85%

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