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Mediatek MT8173

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.

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.

Series Mediatek
CodenameCortex-A72/-A53
Series: Mediatek Cortex-A72/-A53
Mediatek MT8176 (compare)2100 MHz6 / 6
» Mediatek MT81732400 MHz4 / 4
Mediatek MT8173C (compare)2100 MHz4 / 4
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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Other CPUs of the series Mediatek

» Mediatek Mediatek Helio P25
   2.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8176
   2.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8173
   2.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8173C
   2.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6595 Turbo
   2.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek MT6595
   2.2 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek MT6595M
   2 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek Mediatek Helio P20 MT6757
   2.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6795
   2.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek Mediatek Helio X20 MT6797
   2.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8135
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8752
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6752
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6753
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6750
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6592
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT8732
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8165
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6732
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6735
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8735
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6737T
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6737
   1.25 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6735P
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6735M
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8127
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Mediatek MT6589T
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek MT8389
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT8125
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT8121
   1.3 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT6582
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Mediatek MT6582M
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Mediatek MT6580M
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Mediatek MT6589
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8312
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8377
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT6572
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT8317T
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6577
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6575
   1 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Desktop) 4600+
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB
- Intel Core 2 Duo L7700
   1.8 GHz / 4 MB
- Apple A8X
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB + 4 MB
- NVIDIA Tegra K1 (Denver)
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
- Mediatek MT8176
   2.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8173
   2.4 GHz / 0 MB
+ Mediatek MT8173C
   2.1 GHz / KB
+ Intel Core 2 Duo SP7700
   1.8 GHz / 4096 KB
+ Intel Celeron Dual-Core T3100
   1.9 GHz / 1024 KB
+ AMD A-Series A10 Micro-6700T
   1.2 GHz / 2048 KB
+ AMD A-Series A4-3310MX
   2.1 GHz / 2048 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-03- 5)