Mediatek MT8173 vs Mediatek MT8173C

Mediatek MT8173

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The Mediatek MT8173 is an upper mainstream ARM SoC (System on a chip) that was introduced in March 2015 and is primarily used for Android based tablets. It is manufactured in a 28 nm process and has a total of four CPU cores with two Cortex-A72 and two Cortex-A53 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration. The graphics unit is based on the IMG Series 6XT (Rogue) and has the designation PowerVR GX6250. Among others, the GPU includes a video decoder with 4K and H.265 support.

Processor

The biggest highlight of the SoC are the new Cortex-A72 cores, which can be seen as the successors to the Cortex-A57 design. ARM promises much more performance in combination with reduced power consumption, which results in an excellent per-thread performance with the very high maximum clock of 2.4 GHz. The architecture is based on ARMv8-ISA and therefore supports 64-bit.

The two slower, but therefore very frugal Cortex-A53 cores (clocks unknown, probably around 1.5 GHz) are supposed to reduce the power consumption and are always active with light workloads. The big.LITTLE configuration also allows the simultaneous use of all four cores (or any combination of cores from both clusters), so the MT8173 can be called a real quad-core.

Graphics

The graphics unit is based on Series 6XT (Rogue) from IMG and has the designation PowerVR GX6250. The 2-cluster chip has a unified-shader architecture with a total of 64 FP32 ALUs as well as 4 TMUs. Thanks to the comparatively high maximum clock of 700 MHz, the performance is roughly on par with the PowerVR G6430 in the iPhone 5s. High-resolution screens and complex Android games from 2015 are usually no problem for the GPU.

Features

Besides CPU and GPU, the chip is also equipped with an LPDDR3 memory controller (2x 32-bit, probably up to 933 MHz, 14.9 GB/s), but no wireless modem. The maximum display resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels. Another highlight is the integrated video engine, which even supports 4K material and the modern H.265 codec.

Power Consumption

The MT8173 is manufactured in an 28 nm process and should have a average up to high power consumption. It can still be used in tablets without limitations.

Mediatek MT8173C

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The Mediatek MT8173C is an upper mainstream ARM SoC (System on a chip) that was introduced in March 2015 and is primarily used for Android based tablets and Chromebooks. It is manufactured in a 28 nm process and has a total of four CPU cores with two Cortex-A72 and two Cortex-A53 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration. The graphics unit is based on the IMG Series 6XT (Rogue) and has the designation PowerVR GX6250. Among others, the GPU includes a video decoder with 4K and H.265 support.

Processor

The biggest highlight of the SoC are the new Cortex-A72 cores, which can be seen as the successors to the Cortex-A57 design. ARM promises much more performance in combination with reduced power consumption, which results in an excellent per-thread performance with the very high maximum clock of 2.4 GHz. The architecture is based on ARMv8-ISA and therefore supports 64-bit.

The two slower, but therefore very frugal Cortex-A53 cores (clocks unknown, probably around 1.5 GHz) are supposed to reduce the power consumption and are always active with light workloads. The big.LITTLE configuration also allows the simultaneous use of all four cores (or any combination of cores from both clusters), so the MT8173C can be called a real quad-core.

Graphics

The graphics unit is based on Series 6XT (Rogue) from IMG and has the designation PowerVR GX6250. The 2-cluster chip has a unified-shader architecture with a total of 64 FP32 ALUs as well as 4 TMUs. Thanks to the comparatively high maximum clock of 700 MHz, the performance is roughly on par with the PowerVR G6430 in the iPhone 5s. High-resolution screens and complex Android games from 2015 are usually no problem for the GPU.

Features

Besides CPU and GPU, the chip is also equipped with an LPDDR3 memory controller (2x 32-bit, probably up to 933 MHz, 14.9 GB/s), but no wireless modem. The maximum display resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels. Another highlight is the integrated video engine, which even supports 4K material and the modern H.265 codec.

Power Consumption

The MT8173 is manufactured in an 28 nm process and should have a average up to high power consumption. It can still be used in tablets and laptops without limitations.

Mediatek MT8173Mediatek MT8173C
Mediatek Mediatek
Cortex-A72/-A53Cortex-A72/-A53
: Mediatek Cortex-A72/-A53
Mediatek MT8176 (compare)2100 MHz6 / 6
» Mediatek MT81732400 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT8173C2100 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT8176 (compare)2100 MHz6 / 6
Mediatek MT81732400 MHz4 / 4
» Mediatek MT8173C2100 MHz4 / 4
2400 MHz2100 MHz
4 / 44 / 4
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20 MP Camera ISP, 4K Video Encoder, H.265, PowerVR GX6250 GPU20 MP Camera ISP, 4K Video Encoder, H.265, PowerVR GX6250 GPU
iGPUPowerVR GX6250 (? - 700 MHz)PowerVR GX6250 (? - 700 MHz)

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
15117 Points (19%)
13994 Points (18%)
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
1386 Points (32%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
1399 Points (30%)
1382 Points (29%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2909 Points (8%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1385 Points (28%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
1559 Points (12%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2570 Points (9%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1451 Points (25%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1204 Points (19%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3305 Points (9%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
3975.5 ms (7%)
min: 2975.9     avg: 3136.6     median: 3136.6 (5%)     max: 3297.2 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 577.7     avg: 583.6     median: 583.6 (14%)     max: 589.5 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
8570 Points (18%)
min: 10139     avg: 10229     median: 10229 (21%)     max: 10319 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
63777 Points (25%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
509 Points (56%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
2620 Points (32%)
PCMark for Android - Storage score
3656 Points (23%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
3678 Points (36%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
4895 Points (37%)

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8173 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8173C → 102%

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