Mediatek MT8173 vs Mediatek MT8176

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 MT8176

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The Mediatek MT8176 is an upper mainstream ARM SoC (System on a chip) that was introduced in October 2016 and is primarily used for Android based tablets. It has two fast Cortex-A72 CPU cores running at up to 2.1 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores for power-saving in a big.LITTLE configuration. The graphics unit is based on the IMG Series 6XT (Rogue) and has the designation PowerVR GX6250 clocked at 600 MHz. Among others, the GPU includes a video decoder with 4K and H.265 support (not verified, but was already the case for the older MT8173).

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 four slower, but therefore very frugal Cortex-A53 cores (clocks unknown, probably around 1.4 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 six cores (or any combination of cores from both clusters), so the MT8173 can be called a real hexa-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. Compared to the MT8173, the clocks were reduced from 700 to 600 MHz, so the gaming performance is a bit lower. High-resolution screens and complex Android games should be powered without bigger problems.

Mediatek MT8173Mediatek MT8176
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Cortex-A72/-A53Cortex-A72/-A53
: Mediatek Cortex-A72/-A53
Mediatek MT81762100 MHz6 / 6
» Mediatek MT81732400 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT8173C (compare)2100 MHz4 / 4
» Mediatek MT81762100 MHz6 / 6
Mediatek MT81732400 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT8173C (compare)2100 MHz4 / 4
2400 MHz2100 MHz
4 / 46 / 6
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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 (600 MHz)
Mediatek MT8176

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
15117 Points (19%)
min: 9729     avg: 13089     median: 13089 (17%)     max: 16449 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
1386 Points (32%)
650 Points (15%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
1399 Points (30%)
744 Points (16%)
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
2166 Points (17%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3324 Points (12%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1592 Points (28%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1204 Points (19%)
1541 Points (24%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3305 Points (9%)
2489 Points (7%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
3975.5 ms (7%)
min: 3001     avg: 3378.6     median: 3378.6 (6%)     max: 3756.1 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
8570 Points (18%)
min: 3596     avg: 6246.5     median: 6246.5 (13%)     max: 8897 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
63777 Points (25%)
min: 74177     avg: 76578.5     median: 76578.5 (31%)     max: 78980 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
509 Points (56%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
2620 Points (32%)
2826 Points (34%)
PCMark for Android - Storage score
3656 Points (23%)
3235 Points (21%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
3678 Points (36%)
4827 Points (47%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
4895 Points (37%)
min: 3898     avg: 4870.5     median: 4870.5 (37%)     max: 5843 Points

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8173 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8176 → 94%

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