MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz vs Apple A6 vs MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X

MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz

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The MediaTek MT8163 V/A 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 1.5 GHz. Furthermore, an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 graphics card clocked at 600 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/B is the slower clocked version, with a CPU clock o up to 1.3 GHz (-6%) and GPU of up to 520 MHz (-13%).

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

Apple A6

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The Apple A6 is a dual-core SoC found in the iPhone 5 with ARM compatible CPU cores. The A6 was developed by Apple and supports the extended ARMv7s instruction set. The clock rate of the CPU is between 800 to 1200 MHz depending on the CPU load. The integrated GPU is a PowerVR SGX543MP3 at 266 MHz.

MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X

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The Mediatek Helio X27 MT6797X is an upper mainstream ARM SoC for smartphones (mainly Android based). It is manufactured in a 20 nm process and is equipped with 10 CPU cores. Two fast Cortex-A72 cores are running at up to 2.6 GHz (performance), four Cortex-A53 cores at up to 2 GHz (balanced) and four Cortex-A53 cores at up to 1.6 GHz (efficiency). All cores support 64-bit and the utilization of three clusters is supposed to improve efficiency according to Mediatek. The two A72 cores are only designed for short "Burst-Performance scenarios" according to Mediatek and are probably not used for sustained workloads. Compared to the similar named MT6797, the MT6797X was introduced later and offers higher clock speeds for CPU and GPU.

The integrated ARM Mali T880 MP4 (according to Wikipedia) GPU is clocked at up to 875 MHz and has four cluster (from 16) from the Midgard (4th Gen) architecture.

The chip also includes an LTE modem (Cat. 6 300/50 Mbps, DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, EDGE, CDMA2000, ...) as well as a WLAN 802.11ac (280 Mbps) modem. GPS/Glonass/BeiDou is supported for location. The integrated video encoder can handle up to 4Kx2K H.265 at 30 fps and HDR. The SoC can also decode H.265, H.264 and VP9 in 4K30. 

Power Consumption

The processor is manufactured in a 20 nm process at TSMC and should have an average power consumption under load.

MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHzApple A6MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X
Mediatek Apple Mediatek
:
MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X2600 MHz10 / 10
Rockchip RK32881800 MHz4 / 4
» MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz1500 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz1300 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT81611300 MHz4 / 4
Rockchip RK31881800 MHz4 / 4
Apple A6x1400 MHz2
Apple A61000 MHz2
Apple S52 / 2
HiSilicon k3v2 Hi36201200 MHz4 / 4
Rockchip RK3066 1.5 GHz1500 MHz2 / 2
Amlogic AML8726-MX1500 MHz2 / 2
Rockchip RK31681200 MHz2 / 2
Rockchip RK2918 1.2 GHz1200 MHz1 / 1
ARM Cortex A8 1.2 GHz1200 MHz1 / 1
Telechips TCC8803 1GHz1000 MHz1 / 1
Loongson 2F 900MHz900 MHz1 / 1
CSR867080 MHz2
unknown
MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X2600 MHz10 / 10
Rockchip RK32881800 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz1500 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz1300 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT81611300 MHz4 / 4
Rockchip RK31881800 MHz4 / 4
Apple A6x1400 MHz2
» Apple A61000 MHz2
Apple S52 / 2
HiSilicon k3v2 Hi36201200 MHz4 / 4
Rockchip RK3066 1.5 GHz1500 MHz2 / 2
Amlogic AML8726-MX1500 MHz2 / 2
Rockchip RK31681200 MHz2 / 2
Rockchip RK2918 1.2 GHz1200 MHz1 / 1
ARM Cortex A8 1.2 GHz1200 MHz1 / 1
Telechips TCC8803 1GHz1000 MHz1 / 1
Loongson 2F 900MHz900 MHz1 / 1
CSR867080 MHz2
unknown
» MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X2600 MHz10 / 10
Rockchip RK32881800 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz1500 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz1300 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT81611300 MHz4 / 4
Rockchip RK31881800 MHz4 / 4
Apple A6x1400 MHz2
Apple A61000 MHz2
Apple S52 / 2
HiSilicon k3v2 Hi36201200 MHz4 / 4
Rockchip RK3066 1.5 GHz1500 MHz2 / 2
Amlogic AML8726-MX1500 MHz2 / 2
Rockchip RK31681200 MHz2 / 2
Rockchip RK2918 1.2 GHz1200 MHz1 / 1
ARM Cortex A8 1.2 GHz1200 MHz1 / 1
Telechips TCC8803 1GHz1000 MHz1 / 1
Loongson 2F 900MHz900 MHz1 / 1
CSR867080 MHz2
unknown
1500 MHz1000 MHz2600 MHz
4 / 4210 / 10
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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 TrustZone2x Cortex-A72 2.6 GHz (Performance), 4x Cortex-A53 2 GHz (Balance), 4x Cortex-A53 1.6 GHz (Efficiency)
iGPUARM Mali-T720 MP2 (600 MHz)ARM Mali-T880 MP4 ( - 875 MHz)
Mediatek MT6797X

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
A6 +
7961 Points (5%)
8427 Points (5%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
A6 +
7816 Points (9%)
8496 Points (10%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 8790     avg: 10063     median: 9926 (11%)     max: 11472 Points
min: 9771     avg: 10915     median: 10713 (12%)     max: 12462 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
776 Points (10%)
min: 1372     avg: 1626     median: 1702 (21%)     max: 1804 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 768     avg: 831     median: 781 (15%)     max: 945 Points
min: 1547     avg: 1709     median: 1709 (33%)     max: 1871 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
A6 +
940 Points (8%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
A6 +
1867 Points (17%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
A6 +
2114 Points (4%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
A6 +
1261 Points (3%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
A6 +
1648 Points (4%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
A6 +
1273 Points (2%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
A6 +
min: 701     avg: 706     median: 705.5 (15%)     max: 710 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 549     avg: 636     median: 636 (10%)     max: 723 Points
min: 1352     avg: 1632     median: 1690 (27%)     max: 1797 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1553     avg: 1781     median: 1781 (3%)     max: 2009 Points
min: 3590     avg: 4554     median: 4781.5 (8%)     max: 5064 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
134 Points (10%)
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
375 Points (2%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
100%
A6 +
min: 484.05     avg: 530     median: 529.5 (18%)     max: 574.95 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
100%
A6 +
min: 309.38     avg: 337     median: 337.3 (33%)     max: 365.18 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 12549.8     avg: 14060     median: 14060.4 (24%)     max: 15571 ms
99%
A6 +
14535 ms (24%)
min: 4261.4     avg: 7150     median: 7244.2 (12%)     max: 9850.9 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
A6 +
min: 714     avg: 722     median: 722.1 (8%)     max: 730.1 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
100%
A6 +
935 ms (9%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 2972     avg: 3261     median: 3261 (6%)     max: 3550 Points
min: 5909     avg: 6943     median: 6031.5 (12%)     max: 9798 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 33452     avg: 37816     median: 37815.5 (13%)     max: 42179 Points
75939 Points (26%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
100%
A6 +
24996 Points (3%)
159874 Points (21%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
2133 Points (13%)
2807 Points (17%)
PCMark for Android - Storage score
1923 Points (7%)
2598 Points (9%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 3071     avg: 3328     median: 3424 (28%)     max: 3489 Points
min: 4077     avg: 4427     median: 4467 (36%)     max: 4695 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
4576 Points (23%)
min: 4922     avg: 5353     median: 5252 (27%)     max: 5984 Points

Average Benchmarks MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz → 100%

Average Benchmarks Apple A6 → 100%

Average Benchmarks MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X → 196%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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