Notebookcheck

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB

Qualcomm 801 MSM8974AB

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB is an ARM-based SoC for tablets and smartphonesIt is built at TSMC in a 28nm HPM (High Performance Mobile) HKMG process, whereas the Snapdragon 600 was manufactured in 28nm LP. In addition to 4 CPU cores with a clock speed of up to 2.36 GHz, the chip also integrates an Adreno 330 GPU up to 578 MHz, an LPDDR3-1866 memory controller and various radio modules (UMTS/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS). The slightly higher CPU/GPU clocks and faster memory support are the key differences to the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974.

Processor 

The CPU portion is based on Qualcomm's Krait architecture, which is compatible with the ARMv7 ISA. Compared to the Snapdragon 600 (Krait 300), the new Krait 400 cores of the Snapdragon 800/801 have been tweaked just slightly with faster L2 cache. Thanks to a clock rate of up to 2.36 GHz and a high performance per MHz somewhere between an ARM Cortex-A9 and a Cortex-A15, the Snapdragon 801 offers very strong CPU performance. The S801 competes with the Nvidia Tegra 4, Samsung Exynos 5420 and Apple A7 and is therefore one of the fastest ARM SoCs on the market as of 2013.

Graphics

Another difference between the Snapdragon 600 and 800/801 is the graphics unit. While the S600 implements an Adreno 320 (400 to 450 MHz), the S800 /S801 feature the faster Adreno 330 (MSM8974AB: 578 MHz). Both GPUs offer the same amount of texture units (8 TMUs), but the Adreno 330 has 50 percent more shaders (probably 6x SIMD16 vs. 4x SIMD16 of the previous generation)In conjunction with the higher memory bandwidth, the performance is significantly better. As a result, the Adreno 330 is slightly faster than the Mali-T628 (Exynos 5420) and the PowerVR G6430 (Apple A7). Depending on the device and cooling, however, the performance may vary. The GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.0 as well as OpenCL 1.2.

Features 

Furthermore, the MSM8974AB supports many wireless technologies: Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), GSM (GPRS, EDGE), W-CDMA/UMTS (HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, cat.29 DC-HSPA+), MBMS, cat.4 LTE, CDMA2000 (1X RTT, 1 × EV-DO Rel.0/Rev.A/Rev.B, 1× EV-DO Rev.A MC, 1× Adv Rev.A/Rev.B) and TD-SCDMA. 

The MSM8974AB can encode and play UHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 at 30 FPS (120 Mbps H.264 High Profile) simultaneously via dedicated hardware. Moreover, it supports both USB 2.0 and 3.0 and cameras up to 55 megapixels and stereoscopic 3D.

Power Consumption

Thanks to the new 28nm HPM HKMG process, the energy efficiency has been improved significantly compared to its LP 28nm S600 predecessor. Depending on the field of application, the maximum power consumption should be about 3 W for smartphones or 4 W or greater for tablets. This should be similar to comparable ARM SoCs currently in the market. However, the MSM8974AB will likely to need a little more power than the slightly lower clocked MSM8974.

SeriesQualcomm Snapdragon
CodenameKrait 400
Series: Snapdragon Krait 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC (compare)2450 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB (compare)2360 MHz4 / 4
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB2360 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA (compare)2260 MHz4 / 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 (compare)2300 MHz4 / 4
Clock Rate2360 MHz
Level 1 Cache4x 32 KB
Level 2 Cache2 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology28 nm
FeaturesAdreno 330 (578 MHz), LTE cat.4, UMTS, MBMS, GSM, CDMA2000, tD-SCDMA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller (14.9 GB/s)
GPUQualcomm Adreno 330 (578 MHz)
Announcement Date06/19/2013

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 4835     avg: 11759.3     median: 12722.5 (18%)     max: 15872 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2460     avg: 2631.8     median: 2619 (8%)     max: 2785 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 787     avg: 898.4     median: 919 (20%)     max: 957 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
934 Points (20%)
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
min: 570     avg: 744.6     median: 759.8 (26%)     max: 978.204 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
min: 64     avg: 277.4     median: 299.2 (29%)     max: 389.922 MFLOPS
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 6932.7     avg: 9767.3     median: 8990.4 (15%)     max: 15700 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 515.8     avg: 785.8     median: 772.7 (19%)     max: 1106.8 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 2407     avg: 3637.9     median: 3131 (6%)     max: 4950 Points
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
min: 13839     avg: 20472     median: 23532 (54%)     max: 24045 points
AnTuTu Benchmark v5 - Total Score
min: 38920     avg: 40385     median: 40385 (50%)     max: 41850 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 16857     avg: 17428     median: 17428 (6%)     max: 17999 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 3680     avg: 3910.3     median: 3774 (45%)     max: 4277 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Add one or more devices and compare

In the following list you can select (and also search for) devices that should be added to the comparison. You can select more than one device.

restrict list:

show all (including archived), 2017, 2016
v1.6b2

Reviews for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB processor

Asus Padfone S PF500KL (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5")
» Asus Padfone S PF500KL - External Review

BlackBerry Passport (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 4.5")
» BlackBerry Passport Smartphone Review - Review
» BlackBerry Passport - External Review

HTC Desire EYE (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.2")
» HTC Desire Eye Smartphone Review - Review
» HTC Desire EYE - External Review

HTC One M8 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5")
» Review HTC One M8 Smartphone - Review
» HTC One M8 - External Review

HTC One M8 Eye (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5")
» HTC One M8 Eye - External Review

HTC One M8 For Windows (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5")
» HTC One M8 For Windows - External Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 4.7")
» Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Smartcam Review - Review

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5")
» Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 Handheld Review - Review
» Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 - External Review

Sony Xperia Z2 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.2")
» Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone Review - Review
» Sony Xperia Z2 - External Review

ZTE Grand S Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5")
» ZTE Grand S Pro - External Review

» Mobile CPU Comparison
Comparison of all mobile CPU series

» Mobile Processors - Benchmarklist
Benchmarklist of all known CPUs that are used in laptops (desktop and laptop CPUs)

Other CPUs of the series Snapdragon

» Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
   2.45 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
   2.4 GHz / 1.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
   2.2 GHz / 1.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
   2.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
   2.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
   2.45 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA
   2.26 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8936
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
   1.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ8016
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928
   1.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8028
   1.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 APQ8009
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
   1.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 205
   1.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8225Q
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
   0.6 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- AMD A-Series A4-4355M
   1.9 GHz / 2 MB
- Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB
- Mediatek MT6595
   2.2 GHz / 2 MB
- Intel Celeron N2830
   2.16 GHz / 1 MB
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
+ Intel Celeron N2820
   2.17 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Intel Celeron N3050
   1.6 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Intel Celeron N2815
   1.86 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Intel Celeron N3000
   1.04 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Intel Celeron N2810
   2 GHz / 1024 KB
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Benchmarks / Tech > Notebook Processors > Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB SoC
Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-05-11)