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The Exynos 2200, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and MediaTek Dimensity 9000 may all run hot

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. (Source: Counterpoint Research)
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. (Source: Counterpoint Research)
Gaming tests of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 have seen the Qualcomm flagship SoC struggle with efficiency and thermals. It appears those issues may not be specific to the Qualcomm chipset, however, with word on the grapevine possibly hinting at similar pitfalls with the Exynos 2200 and MediaTek Dimensity 9000 to a lesser extent.

The Exynos 2200, MediaTek Dimensity 9000, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will vie for superiority in the Android flagship space this year. While all three chipsets are all but certain to offer excellent performance, it appears that heating may be an issue.

Early tests of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on the Motorola Edge X30 have shown issues with the chipset's efficiency, thermals, and sustained performance. While some would be quick to lay blame on Motorola's implementation, or the chipset, word on the grapevine has begun to indicate that the issue runs a lot deeper than expected.

Going by Golden Reviewer's in-depth tests on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's Cortex-A510 cores, it appears that, while the new ARM cores may be about 15% more powerful than the A55 cores on the last-gen Snapdragon 888, they also happen to be about 33% less efficient. A bad trade, most would say. Those numbers also appear to carry over to the Cortex X2 super core. Power consumption in total is said to be right under 70% more on the newer A510 cores. 

Supposedly, all three current-gen flagship chipsets may have to deal with bad thermals. We already know, however, that the Dimensity 9000 is quite a bit more efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, popularly chalked up to TSMC's superior node. The Exynos 2200 is an unknown quantity for now but will be built on the same process as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. That, coupled with Samsung's recent record with flagship chipsets, indicates that the Exynos 2200 may just be more of the same. 

It's important to note that we're yet to put any of these chipsets through our in-house tests. When we do, we'll have more concrete data on performance numbers and workload behaviors. We'll be sure to keep you updated on this.

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Ricci Rox, 2022-01- 2 (Update: 2022-01- 2)