Unprecedented multi-core performance variance: the Exynos 2100 SoC can score anywhere between 3,200 - 4,073 points in Geekbench multi-core tests
The official reviews released a few days ago proved that the Exynos 2100 SoC coming with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones should indeed be slightly faster than the Snapdragon 888 versions. However, we are now seeing some new Exynos 2100 results that show the multi-core scores breaking the 4,000-point barrier, and we are not quite sure what is causing this variance.
While the single-core results are mostly locked around 1,100 in all the tests we could find, it looks like the multi-core results can vary anywhere between 3,200 and 4,073 points. Some users saw improved results when turning the Battery Saving Mode on, but this does not seem to be the case for the users who managed to break the 4,000-point barrier. Apparently, the Battery Saving Mode trick is not working in the latest versions of Geekbench 5, yet it still improves GPU stability in 3DMark, where the Exynos 2100 can achieve 82.3% stability, and the Snapdragon 888 only achieves 60% stability. Samsung also includes an Enhanced Performance mode. Now, this feature can slightly boost the GPU performance, however, it does not really do anything for the CPU performance.
Overclocking is probably out of the question with these variations. Nonetheless, it may be that we are looking at some golden samples for the Exynos 2100 SoC that simply run faster than the average binnings, which, from what we can see, provide lower operating temperatures and very slightly better battery life compared to the Snapdragon 888.