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HTC One M9 performance benchmarks: Snapdragon 810 against Apple A8, Exynos 7420, and the rest

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HTC One M9 performance benchmarks: Snapdragon 810 against Apple A8, Exynos 7420, and the rest

The HTC One M9 features Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 810 system chip. It's one of the most powerful systems on a chip available right now, but this does not mean that it does not have some solid competition. This time around Samsung seems to have gone with its own Exynos octa-core solution in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and we already know that Apple is using its own  Apple A8 with custom Cyclone CPU cores in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

How does the new Snapdragon 810 compare against those two? And how much of an improvement is it compared to the earlier versions of Snapdragon seen in the One M8 and Galaxy S5?

How does the new Snapdragon 810 compare against the best chips?

We've managed to run some benchmarks to test both the CPU and GPU performance of the One M9, and bring you the numbers right below. It's worth noticing that - despite all the progress with Snapdragon 810 - Apple still has the lead in the important area of single-core CPU performance. In fact, the difference between the iPhone 6 and the One M9 is quite staggering, and not in favor of the Snapdragon 810 on the HTC phone. Samsung with its newest Exynos is actually the only chip that really stands up to it (the iPhone 6 still scores better, but the results are at least close).

Turn over to multi-core performance, though, a feature used by much less (but more demanding) apps, we see that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the leader here with its Exynos 7420 system chip, while the Snadpragon 810 comes as a runner-up, but not really all that close.

Finally, though, GPU performance and gaming is where the HTC One M9 truly excels. HTC has decided to use a 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution for the screen of the M9, rather than the trendy Quad HD resolution, and this results in some stellar gaming performance. The One M9 is really the Android phone gamers would be most pleased with. Take a look at the scores right below.

HTC One M9: Snapdragon 810 versus the rest

Geekbench 3 single-core
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 1630
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1625
Samsung Galaxy S6 1440
HTC One M9 1209
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1112.67
LG G3 950
Samsung Galaxy S5 944
HTC One (M8) 888
Geekbench 3 multi-core
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 2927
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 2918
Samsung Galaxy S6 5127
HTC One M9 3738
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3259.67
LG G3 2545
Samsung Galaxy S5 2900
HTC One (M8) 2613
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 50888
Samsung Galaxy S6 58382
HTC One M9 56896
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
LG G3 30634
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
HTC One (M8) 31075
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 18.4
Samsung Galaxy S6 16
HTC One M9 24
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
LG G3 7.5
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
HTC One (M8) 11
GFXBench Manhattan off-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 17.8
Samsung Galaxy S6 19
HTC One M9 24
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 18.5
LG G3 11.4
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.8
HTC One (M8) 11.8
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 40.9
Samsung Galaxy S6 37
HTC One M9 49
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
LG G3 20.7
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
HTC One (M8) 28.3
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 42.3
Samsung Galaxy S6 46
HTC One M9 50
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posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:10 24

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


The S6 scores a lot higher acc. to this:

http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost.php?p=37217482&postc%E2%80%8Bount=283

It seems that the software of S6/M9 is premature and we should wait for the final one.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:12 11

5. NoFanboy (Posts: 298; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


You're annoying af. Get off the computer and do something

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:16 23

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You seem butthurt. Apply cold water on burned area.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:28 6

12. wargreymon (Posts: 678; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


*splashes a bucket over TyrionLannister*

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:01 4

20. ABAldOPayardu (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


I nominate him for the ice bucket challenge

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:49 3

15. kobainez (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Yup for sure he's annoying

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:59 7

19. Tom1206 (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Nov 2014)


No! I like this guy, he is one of the few to know what he's talking about!

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:19 1

28. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


He's too much of a Samsung fanboy to be objective.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:19

53. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


And both things can be true at the same time. LOL

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 22:49

85. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


So what?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:28 4

30. androidwindows (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


He gave a link to a reputable site and you call him annoying? I think YOU should get off the computer and do something.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:10 2

3. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


6 Plus scoring higher on on-screen tests then the Galaxy S6? Lol wtf.

I am pretty sure its safe to say now the Adreno 430 is superior to the Mali GPU in the S6

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:12 6

4. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


See this. It isn't:

http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost.php?p=37217482&postc%E2%80%8Bount=283

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:26 3

11. gelullabarr (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Those results are for offscreen, but you don't use your phone offscreen, I hope. On-screen, Adreno 430 scores with 5fps more than Mali T760

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:54 7

18. MrET1 (Posts: 110; Member since: 29 Jan 2015)


Yes but games are usually rendered in 1080p not 1440p so the offscreen score matters

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:02

35. Cicero (Posts: 861; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Depends of the screen (hd, full hd or 2k). If you put a very performant gpu running on hd or sub-hd screen you will have a super high score.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:22

38. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Hey man.
SSo now I see that S810 is not that bad
I wanted to ask.
Mali-T760 MP6 was known of performing a llitlle bit bad in benchmarks, but have better stability rate and can produce a higher average fps than adreno 420, as per game bench comparison of note 4 variants on Asphalt 8. Is it safe to still say so? I mean, adreno 430 is pushing only a 1080p screen while Mali T760 MP8 is pushing a 1440p one. So adreno 430 has more power than adreno 420 and less work to do than Mali. My guess is that adreno 430 in HTC One M9 will have a better stability rate than the Mali T760 MP8 in the galaxy S6. Do you agree with me ?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 20:40

75. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I'll have to see. But the games run at 1080p only. So 430 has to do the same work as Mali.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 22:05

80. Niva. (Posts: 420; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


You keep saying that games run at 1080p only, but soon there will be games that will enable running at 1440p... just like there are games that are rendered at 720p only. This is all rather useless as ultimately native resolution matters for producing the best image rather than interpolating. Now don't get me wrong, I personally think anything over 1080 on a sub 6" device is overkill, but some person out there will swear they can tell the difference. I still object to your general statement that "games run at 1080p only." Even if that were true today, which it isn't, it won't matter tomorrow when 1440 games hit the market.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 22:20

81. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Let's see when that tomorrow comes. Then devs will put less effects on phones that can't handle it i.e. phones with QHD.

For example, HTC M8 scores 28 fps in Asphalt 8 while M7 scores 51 fps. Devs tone down graphics for phones which have less power.

For the proof that games run at 1080p, let's take a popular game i.e. asphalt 8. Now, Note 3 and 4 have same onscreen scores. But see this:

http://www.gamebench.net/blog/samsung-galaxy-note-4-beats-every-other-phone-asphalt-8

Then there are other issues too. Like Mali sustains frame rates for longer. As you can see from the link, the T760 has a much higher frame rate than Adreno 420 despite adreno having higher scores in benchmarks. There are just too many factors.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 22:33

82. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


So you mean that Mali reaches a lower maximum fps, but sustains a higher average fps.
Anyways, I just saw an article over here saying that HTC One M9 is overheating, and in AnTuTu, a popup declared that the phone is running too hot, which may cause a system shutdown or restart ...
So galaxy S6 is to be my next phone, despite the missing micro sdcard slot....

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 22:57

87. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Exactly. Mali is a little better in sustaining performance while adreno is better for short bursts of performance.

I'd still wait for reviews to see. Also the price of the S6 64GB variant matters. For now the prices seem like this:

S6 32 GB: 700 euro

M9 32 GB: 750 euro

S6 64 GB: 800 euro.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:24 8

10. justaguy (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


6plus is full HD while s6 is QHD so in on screen test iPhone is better because the resolution.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:31 1

50. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


6 Plus renders at 2208x1248 resolution though then gets downscaled to 1080p/full HD resolution

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:33 1

59. MrET1 (Posts: 110; Member since: 29 Jan 2015)


^This is Bulls**t^

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 17:11

64. GreatBigPhoney (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


I have no interest in which phone is "better" for any reason as everyone will always have their own preferences regardless of performance or benchmarks but his comment wasn't made up. I'm not allowed to post links yet since I don't post often, but if you google "6 plus renders 2208x1248" there is a site called "paintcodeapp" with an article called "iPhone 6 screens demystified" that explains how the resolution is downsampled to 1080p.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 17:15

65. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


How is it bulls**t? apples own developer pages says exactly this. The 6 Plus renders at 2208x1248 resolution then gets downscaled to 1080p

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 22:58

88. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


That is correct. However, that's still a lot below 2560X1440.

And these scores of S6 is via pre release software.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:13

6. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


6 and 6 Plus perform admirably well for being 6 months ol

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:02

22. Tom1206 (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Nov 2014)


Just like the note 4... ^^

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:17

8. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


I wonder when they make/update benchmarks with Apple Metal in mind, much more draw calls can be done, less overhead, GPU/cpu working closer in tandem to the metal

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:19

9. alias3800 (Posts: 48; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


"Snapdragon 820 versus The Rest"

???

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:36

14. tjnapster555 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


samsung should use Mali-T830 istead they use Mali-T720

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:51 1

16. ChowMein (Posts: 76; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)


Still waiting for throttling test

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:02

21. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


My words.

We know that only iPhone 6 can hold it's CPU for really long time and the GpU doesn't throttle at all.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:09

23. Tajiseo (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


The bench scores are hardly consistent if at all, especially on gs6 at gfx bench test ive seen data where it scored much higher than that if nit highest

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:12

24. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


You can learn three things:Snapdragon 810 don't is dead, S6 don't is so powerful, Iphone 6 no so weak.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:32

32. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But you can only learn those things by reading this through six feet of water after a serious blow to the head.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:16 1

25. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Honestly I expected more power from Galaxy s6

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:22

29. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It's because they went with a QHD screen.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:31

31. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Your expected more power than beating the iPad? You must be a true Samsung fan!

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:31 1

40. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


let me get this straight.. You think an 8 core beating a 3 core device's triple core score, is beating? Single core, Apple whips everyones butt EVERY time. Multi-core it would as well, had it had a comparable number of cores. The iPad's triple core has a score of 15% less than if all the cores gotten the single core score. We can deduce that with 6-8 cores (exynos has 8), the score would be 25-30% less than if all the cores ran at the single core score, meaning the score would be around 8200-10250 with 6-8 cores (scores include the deduction of 25-30%).

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:44 2

42. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And if they had the same core count, you'd have a point. They don't. It's like complaining that an 8 cylinder car wins a race because the other car only had 4 cylinders. The 8 cylinder is still faster.

Stop rationalizing. The Exynos 7420 is a really good CPU, better than any phone copy on the market now. Why does that hurt you?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:35 3

51. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


The thing is is that, your never really going to get 100% efficiency out of all 8 cores in performance besides really in benchmarks, 98% of applications dont use more then one core either, single core performance is so much more important then multi core score on mobile espcially, its the same story with desktop but it is much more magnified on mobile, single core performance and IPC is #1 absolute king in mobile performance over more cores.

The A8X SoC in reality is still a more superior SoC with still better single core performance and still a 50% better gpu performance in the A8X then the exynos 7420 SoC , but it also is a tablet SoC too while exynos is phone SoC. The Apple A9 is going to be absolute killer though with single core scores over 2000 easily

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:27

56. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


An here some really overstating...
Both single core and multicore performance are important.
Most of the applications have more than one thread (I would guess at least 80%), meaning that multicore performance is also important. It may not be the MOST important one, but it counts.
Even 4 cores can help a lot, going higher probably not so much, but Exynos7420 does not 8 cores really, but two clusters: one to save battery and one for high performance. So it is a sensible design.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 17:18 3

66. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


No thats the thing, most applications are NOT multi threaded and dont run on multiple cores, majority of applications are single threaded and rely on great IPC/Single core performance.. At least not right now they arent, alot of programs on desktop dont use more then 2-3 cores so what makes you think its magically better on mobile, where it is much more magnified and that multi core CPU's just hit mobile market in 2010 really

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:14

92. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I never said it was better on Mobile they are on desktop, so don't put words on my mouth. I said: most are multithreaded, which is a different thing.
And the important par that you are missing:
"much less (but more demanding) apps"
Victor knows his staff: multithread will help you whith the applciations that really push the CPU to the limit.
Who cares if a small applications starts on 0.1 or 0.15 seconds?
What you care is if an applications takes 6 or takes 9 seconds to start. All those heavy applications are multithreaded for sure.
Read: internet browsers and games for sure.
So multithread performance may not be the most important, but as far as you have 4 cores or less it is ALSO important.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:04

97. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Most mobile applications are not heavily multi threaded and absolutely dont take advantage of a 8 core system with100% efficiency in mind. When its already difficult to that with a desktop application, making it heavily multi threaded and having good parralelization amongst all cores is still quite tough to this day on desktop, which the introduction of multi corr systems on desktop has came out almost a decade ago as opposed to it being on mobile just recently. Yes they are ever so slowly getting better at all this global task scheduling of the cores and getting better effieiency and utilization out of a 4/8 core system, but single threaded performance/single core performance/IPC is always and absolutely is going to always be very important and really #1 in applications for the near term until software starts getting alot more heavily threaded and better parrlelization in software, etc

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:32

58. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I agree, Miket. I did highlight the loss in efficiency in my score calculations. The tri-core A8X performs at 15% less than if all the cores theoretically ran at full capability. And also, for the record, the 6 and 6 Plus single core scores still beat out S6's score by 10%. The A8X annihilates with 1811 compared to 1475 in the S6 and 1112 in the Note 4. That's 23% better than S6 and 65% better than the Note 4!

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 18:33

69. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And if your phone stopped running anything else I've an app opened, you would have a point. But these devices have dozens of background processes running at all times. (And it doesn't have better GPU performance, but we'll let that slide)

Why does a CPU being more powerful than the A8 hurt people so much that they need to start rationalizing?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:22 1

55. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I'm not rationalizing. I'm saying that the 4 cylinder car is more efficient, and delivers more HP and torque than the 8 cylinders cars. That's what matters. What the 8 cylinder car does with 8, the 4 cylinder (or in this case 3) provides similar performance.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:28

57. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Sorry, but when you start with "If it had more cores" you are just rationalizing. Because it HAS NOT more cores.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 17:30 1

68. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Read again. I was not rationalizing. Instead, I was pointing out that Apple uses very powerful processors, that even dual core and tri-core is comparible to quad/octa core competitors. That even as the competitors try throwing in extra cores and at a higher clock, they're still vastly behind Apple's processing prowess.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 20:41 1

76. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Except, as the benchmarks show, they're not.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 02:02

89. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


So that it doesn't matter how many cores you need, what matters is the final result.
And with the Exynos7420 the results the result is vastly superior, as you have to copare it with the A8, the SoC for phones, and there the Exynos 7420 is a bit behind in single trhread but far ahead in multithreded performance.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 18:35

70. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But the 8 cylinder is still faster. A race isn't about seconds per cylinder, it's about who gets to the finish line first.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 17:59

96. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Thats a awful analogy in terms of mobile computing and vice versa, simply cannot compare 8 cylinder/6 cylinder and everything you just said to single core performance and mobile software. More cylinders on cars is linear gains, adding more cores at it is always not linear at all and a ton of mobileapplications and software on mobile is not heavily multi threaded at all and needs strong single core performance/IPC ,

Regardless no doubt about it the 7420 is a beast and has great single core performance

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:20

37. Mutation.X (banned) (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


Was hoping the Mali with 12 cores. All phones are the same. Only a very miniute difference. It's not like cars or laptops, where you can go extreme.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:46

33. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


phonearena has posted scores second time and they are totally different

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:01

34. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


isn't samsung known for cheating on benchmark tests?

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