Mediatek MT8176 vs Mediatek MT8173C

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 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.

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» Mediatek MT81762100 MHz6 / 6
Mediatek MT8173 (compare)2400 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT8173C2100 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT81762100 MHz6 / 6
Mediatek MT8173 (compare)2400 MHz4 / 4
» Mediatek MT8173C2100 MHz4 / 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 (600 MHz)PowerVR GX6250 (? - 700 MHz)
Mediatek MT8176

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 9729     avg: 14722.7     median: 16449 (19%)     max: 17990 Points
13994 Points (16%)
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 650     avg: 1265     median: 1265 (16%)     max: 1880 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
744 Points (14%)
1382 Points (27%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
2166 Points (17%)
1559 Points (12%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3324 Points (11%)
2570 Points (9%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1592 Points (27%)
1451 Points (24%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1541     avg: 1582.5     median: 1582 (25%)     max: 1624 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2489     avg: 3232.5     median: 3232 (6%)     max: 3976 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 3001     avg: 3599.3     median: 3756 (6%)     max: 4040 ms
min: 2975     avg: 3318.9     median: 3297 (6%)     max: 3683 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 577     avg: 668.6     median: 589 (6%)     max: 838 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 3596     avg: 7623.3     median: 8897 (17%)     max: 10377 Points
min: 10139     avg: 10515.7     median: 10319 (20%)     max: 11089 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 74177     avg: 76578.5     median: 76578 (26%)     max: 78980 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
2826 Points (23%)
PCMark for Android - Storage score
3235 Points (11%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 4827     avg: 4923.5     median: 4923 (41%)     max: 5020 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 3898     avg: 6032.3     median: 5843 (30%)     max: 8356 Points

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8176 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Mediatek MT8173C → 104%

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