Qualcomm has not too long ago launched its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform, and you’ll learn our full Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 overview to study the important thing functionalities and new options.
We additionally had an opportunity to run some benchmarks on growth handsets Qualcomm and its companions use to construct software program (see photograph above).
Such handsets are sometimes referred to as MDP (cell growth platform) and usually are not explicitly designed for benchmarks. Nonetheless, based mostly on our expertise, they supply a relatable efficiency proxy for upcoming high-end telephones.
We appeared on the CPU and Graphics efficiency utilizing well-known benchmarks akin to Geekbench and GFXBench, however different benchmarks outcomes largely correlate with these two concerning CPU and GPU velocity.
We’re attempting to see the place the brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 pushes the envelope, as seen by most customers, and CPU + Graphics are a superb efficiency indicator. Do you have to care about benchmarks? Sure, however solely to a degree.
The info we’ll publish under contains AI (artificial-related) benchmarks. They’re fairly attention-grabbing to have a look at in the event you’re into this. Nonetheless, AI advantages usually are not but straight mirrored by AI benchmarks. Whereas we’re enthusiastic about such benchmarks, we aren’t utilizing them but in our cell phone suggestions.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely represents final yr’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform which dominated the high-end market. The OnePlus 10T options the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, a barely quicker model of the unique Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
The Geekbench 5 single-threaded solely makes use of the quickest CPU core and reveals a substantial amount of efficiency improve over the last-generation platform.
Extra importantly, when all cores are pushed to their restrict, the brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 does a lot better than its predecessor by a superb margin, and this could present up in any app which requires large CPU computing.
Throughout each day utilization, such CPU efficiency interprets into quicker app initialization or shorter wait instances for a lot of totally different duties. Many individuals say the distinction shouldn’t be obvious, however all you should do is use a one or two-year-old cellphone to really feel it proper sway. It’s a lot simpler to undertake new tech.
It’s price noting that Apple’s A15 Bionic and A16 Bionic stay forward on this explicit benchmark, though the hole is decreased in comparison with earlier years.
The graphics efficiency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can also be spectacular and contains a appreciable increase in benchmarks. Utilizing the superb OnePlus 10T as a gaming reference cellphone, you possibly can see how a lot quicker Qualcomm’s new platform is.
Positive, you won’t need to play at 200 FPS, however the chip can deal with probably the most complicated video games out there to mobiles, together with some that use superior options akin to raytraced reflections and shadows. That’s a extra crucial byproduct of upper efficiency than simply greater FPS.
The efficiency bounce is much more important within the newest graphics benchmarks, akin to GFXBench Aztec Ruins (Vulkan/Metallic, offscreen).
In graphics benchmarks akin to GFXBench, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 dominates its Apple A15 and A16 counterparts, which signifies that Qualcomm’s GPU designs and drivers are extremely superior.
That’s additionally true even when utilizing benchmarks that naturally favor Apple, like GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 OpenGL (android) vs. Metallic (iPhone). The Metallic graphics API is finest in comparison with Vulkan on Android. It options decrease driver CPU overhead and tends to attain greater than OpenGL. But, Qualcomm nonetheless wins.
Relating to neural processing or synthetic intelligence (AI), the brand new Snapdragon platform scores greater by as much as 25%, relying on the benchmark you’re taking a look at. None of them are good, however evaluating one thing like MLPerf throughout two generations of chips does present a superb indication.
Once more, most AI workloads usually are not sustained, and issues like voice instructions, face detection, or pictures occur from time to time. Issues get extra attention-grabbing with video as AI is doubtlessly solicited far more, maybe between 20 and 60 instances per second.
In any case, it’s tough for customers to “get issues executed quicker” if recording video and the AI is used to blur the background, for instance. It’s more difficult to place a productiveness quantity on these items.
In conclusion, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform is simply pretty much as good as we hoped. The graphics efficiency features are price nothing and bode effectively for upcoming gaming and XR functions.
Benchmarks nonetheless don’t measure, together with the good hyperlinks between the picture processor and the neural processor, however we additionally don’t must make this extra sophisticated than it already is. Simply learn our Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 characteristic overview to higher perceive these crucial particulars.
We’re trying ahead to utilizing industrial telephones outfitted with this SoC and reporting on how they carry out.
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