Performance vs Efficiency: How does the Exynos 2100 compare to the Snapdragon 888?
The release of the Galaxy S21 series last month saw the introduction of Samsung's latest flagship chipset, the Exynos 2100, to the public. Much has been said about how the Exynos 2100 has closed the gap between Samsung and Qualcomm's flagship offerings, but it appears a sizable difference still exists between the Exynos 2100 and the Snapdragon 888.
New SPECint benchmark numbers comparing the Exynos 2100 to its nearest competitors, the Snapdragon 888 and Kirin 9000 have now been revealed. While the Exynos 2100 is a huge improvement over last year's shambolic Exynos 990, it doesn't seem to quite match up to the Snapdragon 888.
While the Exynos 2100 had a 39.61 score for its big Cortex X1 core, the Snapdragon 888 earned a score of 42.78 for its similar core, despite it being clocked at 2.84 GHz versus the Exynos 2100's 2.9 GHz. Efficiency is even worse, with the Snapdragon 888 recording a performance/watt figure of 14.07, versus the Exynos 2100's 12.38.
Most of the Exynos 2100's high Geekbench and AnTuTu scores look to be down to its higher clockspeeds. Its mid cores, for example, are clocked at 2.8 GHz, versus the Snapdragon 888's 2.42 GHz. That gives the Exynos 2100 an edge on SPECint, too, as it scores 35.71, while the Snapdragon 888 lags behind at 31.84. Again, however, the efficiency of the Exynos 2100 is much worse, with a performance/watt figure of 14.46. The Snapdragon 888 is well ahead at 19.65.
All of this paints an interesting picture. When it counts, the Snapdragon 888 offers about 7% peak performance, but does that while being about 10% more efficient. For regular usage, however, the Exynos 2100 takes a 9% lead due to its high-strung cores. Sadly, the effect of that is that it's right about 25% less efficient than the Snapdragon 888.
SPECint result of Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888 vs Exynos 990 and other flagship SOCs.— Golden Reviewer (@Golden_Reviewer) January 31, 2021
Huge improvements over Exynos 990 but still not quite as good as Snapdragon. Detailed explanation in the thread. pic.twitter.com/8d5fwCzUU5