Mediatek MT8173


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.


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.


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.


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.

Series Mediatek
Series: Mediatek Cortex-A72/-A53
Mediatek MT8176 compare2.1 GHz6 / 6 Cortex-A72/-A53
» Mediatek MT81732.4 GHz4 / 4 Cortex-A72/-A53
Mediatek MT8173C compare2.1 GHz4 / 4 Cortex-A72/-A53
Clock Rate2400 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology28 nm
Features20 MP Camera ISP, 4K Video Encoder, H.265, PowerVR GX6250 GPU
GPUPowerVR GX6250 (? - 700 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date03/01/2015


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Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K1TR (Imagination PowerVR GX6250, 13.30")
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Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K8Z9 (Imagination PowerVR GX6250, 13.30")
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Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 (Imagination PowerVR GX6250, 10.10")
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Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition (Imagination PowerVR GX6250, 10.10")
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Chuwi Hi9 (Imagination PowerVR GX6250, 8.40")
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Other CPUs of the series Mediatek

» Mediatek Helio G95
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» Mediatek Helio G90T
   8x 2.05 GHz
» Mediatek Helio P90
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio P70
   8x 2.1 GHz
» Mediatek Helio P65
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio G85
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio G80
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio G70
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio P60T
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio P60
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek MT8176
   6x 2.1 GHz
» Mediatek MT8173
   4x 2.4 GHz
» Mediatek MT8173C
   4x 2.1 GHz
» Mediatek MT6595 Turbo
   8x 2.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6595
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Mediatek MT6595M
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio X10 MT6795
   8x 2.2 GHz
» Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
   8x 2.3 GHz
» Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755
   8x 2 GHz
» Mediatek MT8135
   4x 1.7 GHz
» Mediatek MT8752
   8x 1.7 GHz
» Mediatek MT6752
   8x 1.7 GHz
» Mediatek MT6753
   8x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6750S
   8x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6750N
   8x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6750
   8x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6592
   8x 1.7 GHz
» Mediatek MT8732
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT8165
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6739
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6739WW
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6732
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6735
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT8735
   4x 1.3 GHz
» Mediatek MT6737T
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6737
   4x 1.25 GHz
» Mediatek MT6735P
   4x 1 GHz
» Mediatek MT6735M
   4x 1 GHz
» Mediatek MT8127
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT6589T
   4x 1.5 GHz
» Mediatek MT8389
   4x 1.2 GHz
» Mediatek MT8125
   4x 1.2 GHz
» Mediatek MT8321
   4x 1.3 GHz
» Mediatek MT8121
   4x 1.3 GHz
» Mediatek MT6582
   4x 1.3 GHz
» Mediatek MT6582M
   4x 1.3 GHz
» Mediatek MT6580M
   4x 1.3 GHz
» Mediatek MT6589
   4x 1.2 GHz
» MediaTek MT8312
   2x 1.3 GHz
» MediaTek MT8377
   2x 1.2 GHz
» MediaTek MT6572
   2x 1.2 GHz
» MediaTek MT8317T
   2x 1.2 GHz
» MediaTek MT6577
   2x 1 GHz
» MediaTek MT6575
   1x 1 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Atom x5-Z8500
   4x 1.44 GHz - 2.24 GHz
+ Apple A8X
   3x 1.5 GHz
+ Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver)
   2x 2.3 GHz
+ Mediatek Helio X20 MT6797
   10x 2.3 GHz
+ Mediatek MT8176
   6x 2.1 GHz
» Mediatek MT8173
   4x 2.4 GHz
- Mediatek MT8173C
   4x 2.1 GHz
- Mediatek MT6595 Turbo
   8x 2.5 GHz
- Mediatek MT8768
   8x 1.5 GHz - 2 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 5433 Octa
   8x 1.9 GHz
- Apple A8
   2x 1.4 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-03- 5)