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Benchmark tests compare Snapdragon 820 with various chipsets including the A9, SD-810 and Exynos 7420

Benchmark tests compare Snapdragon 820 with various chipsets including the A9, SD-810 and Exynos 7420
XDA ran a number of devices and their respective chipsets through CPU and GPU benchmark tests with some interesting results. The handsets and their chipsets included the Apple iPhone 6s Plus (A9), Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon 820), Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (Exynos 7420), Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (Snapdragon 808), Nexus 6P and the HTC One M9 (Snapdragon 810).

The first test measured CPU performance thanks to Geekbench. Eight tests were run back to back to stress and heat up each device. The Apple iPhone 6s Plus, powered by the A9 chipset, had a remarkably consistent score throughout all of the CPU tests (as did the SD-820 on the Galaxy S7 edge). The A9 had the highest single-core score among the chips tested, putting up numbers in the 2512-2529 range. That was followed by the 2307-2341 range of the Snapdragon 820. The latter, packed inside the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, put up the highest multi-core scores proving that it isn't the number of cores that is important, it is the power of the cores that matters.

While the Exynos 7420 showed a large drop in single-core results (1472-1480), the multi-core scores (5018-5148) were high enough to challenge the Snapdragon 820. The Snapdragon 810 showed signs of throttling as the benchmark scores declined over the course of the eight tests.

During the CPU testing, the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 were both cool under pressure at 83°F. The Galaxy S7 edge reached 84°F. The Moto X Pure Edition hit 88°F on the thermometer while the Nexus 6P was the warmest with a reading of 95°F.

Testing the GPU of each phone using 3DMark, the iPhone 6s Plus and the PowerVR GT7600 GPU started with the highest score, faltering a bit over the five back-to-back tests. The phone also was the warmest after testing, hitting 104°F. That was an increase of 16% from its temperature at the start of the test. The Adreno 530 GPU running graphics on the Galaxy S7 edge also showed some stress over the course of the test, but ended up with the highest score, edging out the A9 at the end. The temperature gain after the fifth test was 10%. The Adreno 418 on the Moto X Pure Edition has been criticized and it did finish last in the test. At least there was no rise in the temperature of the device after five rounds.

XDA did note that despite the increase in performance brought by the Snapdragon 820, it still found that the UI on the Galaxy S7 edge suffered from lags, stutters and frame drops. During GPU testing, more frames were skipped while browsing through the Google Play Store when compared with a pair of near stock phones powered by the Snapdragon 810 (Nexus 6P, OnePlus 2). Another issue found the screen randomly freezing, preventing any input from being read in the settings and camera apps. Keep in mind that different handsets could produce different results with the same chipset inside.

Check out the graphs and charts related to this extensive test by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: XDA

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posted on 06 Mar 2016, 13:31 16

1. Sidewinder (Posts: 394; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


This is why I'll be getting the Exynos variant instead of the sd820 powered s7

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:17 16

13. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


This is a click bait for fanboyism wars.. While in reality, all these chips deliver on day to day uses

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 21:40 8

59. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Not click bait for fanboyism wars
Its a great investigation into if these phones can sustain performance, particularly important for gaming/VR
This article is better than any of the other articles posted here this month

Problem is this site is full of fanboys
To be fair the rest of the internet is too
But this site is particularly bad

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 08:14

69. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


lol gaming and VR on a phone, set sail for fail

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:44 5

19. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 312; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Not sure how your comment correlates to the data shown from xda's tests. 530 doesn't do anything other SoCs don't, but works better than a number of them.

What one can see from the 810/808 comparison here, is that the extra A57s are the source of the throttling. GPU is so much more important for fluidity. An underclocked 530 should prove to be sufficient for anything today short of the most demanding 3D games.

I'm looking forward to what Meizu and HTC produce this year. Samsung's out for me. LG is still a possibility depending on the cam and the battery.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:22 3

27. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The Sd820 is better than the E8890 tho...... Based on benchmarks and not RL testing of course.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 16:29 3

36. kajam (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


I have the SD820 S7 edge and i wish if i waited and got the E8890 because i used samsung phones before and they all et hot under some situations including the S7 edge. and note 5 is my first exynos phone that i had never experienced the heat problem. i don't know why samsung went with SD for us this year. beside e8890 hasn't been but in a test yet

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 17:16

38. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Ok, I'll take your word for it. You can always sell and buy the international version, I guess it would be better to buy the international version first before you sell because it could be worse lol.

Honestly getting hot isn't really something that should be a huge problem......Put a case on it lol.

There are some benchmarks on the E8890.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 19:01

73. jalebi2000 (Posts: 172; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


It is being built on 14nm labs from Samsung. The note 5 and s6 were samsung's sole customer for the tech until now. The iPhone 6s, Snapdragon 820, and even the upcoming Polaris gpus from amd are all being made at Samsung's fabs

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 19:57 5

50. kamejoko (Posts: 188; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


See? Note 5 doesn't liqiud cooling. But cooler than s7 edge with liquid cooling. Dont ever belive in qualcomm.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 19:59 4

51. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


I think A9 gpu stresses alot after these tests not adreno 530.
A9 2750 to 1900 (104°f)
ad530 2511 to 2090 (99° f)
exynos 1258 to 1200 (97° f)
So far S820 is the best Soc for best allround performance.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 23:24 1

62. torr310 (Posts: 772; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


No matter what... thwre are still stutters!
Why? I dont think its the hardware issues.

I had Note 2, S5, and S6. S6 had most stutters!
Well, both Note 2 and S5 were rooted with custom ROMs.

Hopefully S7 variants can be rooted.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 11:01

72. Tomgabriele (Posts: 24; Member since: 25 Feb 2016)


The chipset you get is dictated by which carrier you are using...CDMA gets 820 while GSM gets 8890.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 13:35 32

2. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


This post should silence all those who say Exynos 7420 throttles as much as 810. Also to those who say A9 doesn't throttle( it does under GPU load).

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:36 7

18. chenski (Posts: 331; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


Still, no diff in real world usage

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 21:44

60. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


If you play "intensive" games on your phone, then there is potentially a real world difference

But that would need another investigation since each game performs different

Eventhough I dont play "intensive" games, this article is still interesting IMO

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 16:20

35. Unordinary (Posts: 1011; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ8pTGCcW7A&app=desktop

What about this most recent test using the S7 vs iPhone 6S? Some throttling was done, or below par RAM management. /shrug

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 18:44 5

46. ibend (Posts: 3192; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


test like that is just useless -_- open 30 chrome tab, minimize it, do speedtest, and return to chrome to see it reload or not, that will be more like RL case, lol

(it also have better camera, microSD, and water resistant)

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 20:43 3

57. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Umm, what exactly are you trying to prove here? That RAM is volatile. Because shutting down phone SHOULD clear the RAM.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 23:30

64. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Waiting for marorun to claim this a propaganda.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 13:40 3

3. kenfold (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Mar 2016)


Is it Benchmark tests? XDA Forum- Ahaha, biased and dumb ass site. This site is a joke, Look that - xda-developers.com/xda-external-link/s7-edge-teard​own-reveals-no-liquid-in-the-liquid-cooling/

It's a best fake test. Checkout, AnTuTu’s Report :TOP-10 Performance Smartphone Chips 2016 - antutu.com/en/view.shtml?id=8200

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 13:45 42

4. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Claiming XDA to be dumb and antutu to be reliable! Boy, you must be smart.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 13:56 14

6. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Leave him alone. Mommy is bringing him his favorite snack - lead paint chips and a glass of mercury.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:02

8. joeytaylor (Posts: 386; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Hey tedkord .....how is marshmallow working for you on your Note

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:55 1

22. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So far, so good. The fingerprint scanner is much quicker, the overall phone is just a tad snappier, but nothing to write home about. I haven't done a full wipe yet, I'm trying to work up the ambition to set everything up again. But very stable, still speedy. The FingerSecurity.app isn't working entirely correctly, I'm not sure if it's M ready. I think I'll uninstall/reinstall it. But for an OTA installed on top of the old version, it's about the most stable I've seen. Oh, and the touchscreen seems more responsive.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:23

28. joeytaylor (Posts: 386; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


I've gotten pretty good at a factory reset........and it's worth doing

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:01

7. joeytaylor (Posts: 386; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Tyrion....what's your thoughts on the S7 and 820.....the only concern i saw was the lags and stutters....but who knows what caused it...probably a software issue i would suppose

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:33 3

16. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I currently have no thoughts. But the initial impressions of 820 don't look good for the sustained performance( the GPU clock seems a little too high, CPU seems fine).

About the s7, I don't have a high regard for any Samsung phone right now. I'd suggest to keep away from Samsung. The initial software is near perfect, then they ruin it with an update and don't fix the issues. Add to the fact that the s6 doesn't have marshmallow yet and you get a disgusting experience.

Samsung doesn't know how to run software. You always think they'll fix it, but they never do. I'm surely not buying their phones again.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:09 6

24. crzykiller (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Jan 2015)


The S6 does have marshmallow officially man, and it fixes all the RAM management and lag issues

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 20:30

53. fyah_king (Posts: 188; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Yep, my note 5 is flawless and the ram management is good to go. So, no more refreshing the apps that was already open.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 20:35

55. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I have an s6 ( international unlocked) and there is no sign of marshmallow. The only variants it's released for are the Korean and EU variant.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 16:09 2

33. Macready (Posts: 811; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


"Add to the fact that the s6 doesn't have marshmallow yet"

That should read: "add to the fact that some PROVIDERS still haven't made the marshmallow update available for the S6"..

Because my S6 did get the update. And it runs pretty sweet I might add...

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 18:16 1

44. natypes (Posts: 1039; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


His entire post was full of subjective bs.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 20:39 1

56. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


So you're saying marshmallow is released. I have an s6 and no, it's not. It's released in 1 or 2 regions. My phone is leggy and battery drains fast. There is no reason I should praise Samsung for this.

Their software is terrible and updates never come. That's the objective truth.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 20:32

54. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Just 2 variants have it yet. The Korean ones and the G920F. And even the G920F doesn't have it in all regions. I have the international unlocked model and there is absolutely no sign of marshmallow.

There is no excuse for Samsung to not release it for unlocked models and yet they didn't. It's a shame really.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 10:04

70. crzykiller (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Jan 2015)


Just root your phone and get marshmallow since you have the international variant, you can flash anything. Stop being a whiny b***** and use your Android phone like you're suppose too

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 10:18

71. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


It doesn't exist genius. There is no marshmallow ROM for my variant.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:24

15. kenfold (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Mar 2016)


Phonearena - How much does XDA Forum pay you again? (This Ad) XDA Forum is the biggest money sucking site. Hacker groups.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:48 7

21. Punchy506 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


Were you banned from XDA? Can't figure out why you're so butthurt.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:27 2

30. Shocky (Posts: 2103; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Probably, a lot of very talented people over at xda doing great work.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 01:02

67. kenfold (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Mar 2016)


How much does XDA Forum pay you again? Are u criminal Hacker groups?

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 13:55

5. kenfold (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Mar 2016)


XDA Forum reliable? Boy, you must be smart too.

Look that dumb ass site. This site is a joke - xda-developers.com/xda-external-link/s7-edge-teard​​own-reveals-no-liquid-in-the-liquid-cooling/

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:12 5

12. Shocky (Posts: 2103; Member since: 16 May 2012)


It's not like water cooling in a pc, the amount if liquid involved is very small, if they were expecting water to come pouring out then they were misinformed.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 23:22

61. pendragon0202 (Posts: 88; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


From ZDNET article:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-samsung-plans-to-keep-the-galaxy-s7-cool/

""Whoa, liquid cooling?" I hear you scream at your screens. "Doesn't that mean pipes and radiators and water and so on?"

The sort of liquid cooling we're talking about here isn't like the liquid cooling systems that performance gamers use to cool their PCs. Instead, what we're talking about here is a closed-loop heat pipe technology.

There's still a liquid involved, but only a drop, and this is safely held inside metal tubes that are made of copper or aluminum. The liquid, which in this case is probably water or ethylene glycol, passes over an evaporator where it is exposed to the heat of the CPU of GPU. Here it is turned into a gas, and this vapor then makes its way along tiny tubes to a diffusion plate or radiator, where the heat is given off and the vapor turns back into a liquid and then makes its way back to the evaporator.

Note that the diffusion plate doesn't feature a fan or such, and there are no pumps inside the heat pipe moving the liquid and vapor about. It's a purely passive device, and its purpose is to take the heat from the CPU and GPU and dissipate it over a larger area, preventing the formation of hot-spots, and hopefully putting an end to overheating (which was a problem that Qualcomm had with the Snapdragon 810)."

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:05

9. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Why is the new Exynos 8890 not included?

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 00:29 1

65. fyah_king (Posts: 188; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Because the gpu is weak compared to the SD 820.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:05

10. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Benchmarks are dumb. I am happy to know the fact my Note 5 may not always be physically as fast it faster than some ohones, but the fact that if how much it does and it does. Wry well at keeping up and even winning is good enough for me.

The 7420 has to be more powerful than most options because on my device it is pulling more weight vs some in the tests.

Unless you are dogging out your phone playing a 3D based games for 5 hours non-stop, most of us will never see a degrade in performance

Guess what? The dial on my speedometer says my car can do 140mph if I push it hard enough. But in reality it's not going to happen. That's exactly what Benchmarks are.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:20

14. Shocky (Posts: 2103; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Benchmarks are fine and if done right provide useful information, unfortunately tech sites keep using Geekbench and Antutu which should be avoided.

Also the way we benchmark mobile devices is flawed, if you're playing an intensive game you want to know what the sustainable performance is going to be after around 10 minutes and not the peek performance during the first few minutes.

This is where the iPhone traditionally does very well and Android devices don't.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:47 1

20. Awalker (Posts: 1367; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Benchmarks are irrelevant to me. They're more for people who play high end games and I don't. I just wanna know how a phone performs with day to day tasks.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:12 1

25. Shocky (Posts: 2103; Member since: 16 May 2012)


If the hardware powering your device is irrelevant to you then why are you here? You're wasting your time and ours.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 17:07

37. Awalker (Posts: 1367; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I'm only here to see how others perceive benchmarks and why they think they are important.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:29 1

31. Pattyface (Posts: 1511; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I laughed at high end games..

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 18:50

48. ibend (Posts: 3192; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


antutu and geekbench should make some option to run test 10x, and monitor phone heat and battery level, that will be interesting :D

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:07 1

11. kenfold (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Mar 2016)


phonearena - Where is the New AnTuTu’s Report:TOP-10 Performance Smartphone Chips 2016? antutu.com/en/view.shtml?id=8200

XDA Forum is a biased and dumb ass site.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 21:34 1

58. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Lol
Says XDA Forum is a biased and dumb ass site

But thinks AnTuTu is relieble

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:36 4

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Benchmarks are fine, until an Apple device does well in them, then they don't matter. We've seen that scenario a thousand times.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:57 1

23. Awalker (Posts: 1367; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


A lot of sites have moved away from benchmarks because they're not indicative of real world performance. I stopped looking at benchmarks when my Nexus 4 was performing common tasks better than my Samsung S4.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:19 3

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


comment was directed at fanboys, not sites. There're a lot of hypocrites out there.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:24 3

29. Shocky (Posts: 2103; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Nexus 4 shared very similar hardware but with less than half the pixels to push..

So it should be no surprise it performed better in many areas, lower resolution means less memory required so better multitasking and better performance in games.

Any on-screen 3d benchmark would have reflected that, touchwiz was also pretty horrible on the Galaxy S4 which is why many power users of the Galaxy S4 used Google edition roms.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 15:36 9

32. Shocky (Posts: 2103; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Referring to Antutu I'm guessing? They've optimized the CPU tests for single core performance.

Whether you agree with that choice or not, you can't deny it's not showing the full potential of SoC's with 8 cores or more which is the issue most people have.

It's nothing to do with the iPhone

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