Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Apple vs Atom throttling stats confirm 810 is the worst, A8 is top

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Apple vs Atom throttling stats confirm 810 is the worst, A8 is top
While we've been following the Snapdragon 810 overheating drama since it unfolded, but there has rarely been a direct comparison between the last few generations in the Snapdragon family, and the rest of the modern mobile chipset gang, like Samsung's Exynos line, Intel's Atom, and Apple's A8.

That's precisely what we need to gauge whether the Snapdragon 810 processor has a tendency to overheat more than the other popular chipsets out there, and such a meta comparison has been delivered. It simply consists of comparing the best to the average and worst scores of phones with the aforementioned processors on the cross-platform Geekbench database.

The phones used for the comparison are HTC One M9 with its first-gen Snapdragon 810 chipset, the Apple iPhone 6 with an A8 processor, Galaxy S6 with Exynos 7420, Note 4 with Exynos 5433/Snapdragon 805, LG G4 with Snapdragon 808, and, finally, the humble Asus Zenfone 2 with its Intel Atom Z3580 chip. 

As you can see in the charts below, Snapdragon 810 is the worst offender, with the disparity between the highest and lowest scores reaching a whopping 65%. This means that if you run Geekbench on the One M9, you could hit a pretty respectable score the first time, but on the 5th or 10th run, the phone would have started to heat so much, that savage thermal throttling kicks in. This essentially restricts the cores' peak speed from the default 2 GHz maximums to, say, 1.5 GHz, or even below, which would affect the benchmark performance significantly. We've seen the same thing happen with LG G Flex 2, which also has a first-gen 810 inside, and to a lesser extent in phones with the v2.1 revision of 810, like the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, or the Xperia Z3+.

Apple's A8 takes the cake here, with very consistent results, showing that is gets throttled only 10% or so from its peak performance results, but that's to be expected, considering that Apple clocks it at the modest 1.4 GHz maximums to begin with. Even Samsung's 14nm Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6 can throttle the performance by 42%, while the big surprise is Intel's Atom silicon, which only goes down by 20% or so, despite its 2.3 GHz maximums. 

Snapdragon 810 also does worst when best versus average scores are taken into account, and gets a slight redemption only in the GPU throttling comparison, where it goes middle-of-the-road, with Snapdragon 808 taking the worst hit there. All in all, it looks like the first batches of Snapdragon 810 indeed have aggressive thermal throttling to prevent overheating. Qualcomm has somewhat remedied this with the second version of the chipset, but not completely. Naturally, Snapdragon 810 is still powerful enough to run anything you throw at it, even if its processor cores run on less than peak performance, though having a carrier post warnings about certain handsets running it, is not the best of publicities a chip giant could have.



1. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Apple fanboys coming to trash talk in 3,2,1...

2. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

better get yer popcorn ready m8.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7244; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look at the root site. Clearly it is an Apple site, they list 1 PC which is a Mac. It's like this site is setup to tell this one story. Just more Apple propaganda.

41. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

There are 3 pages of blog posts. This is probably just a starting point for the writer and he clearly focuses the majority of his writing on Android devices. Look at all the blog posts. Everything else looks like ways to make money through advertising and phone sales, etc. Read the articles. Ask this an Apple blog?

43. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They had 25 blog articles about Android phones and Apple was mentioned in one of them. Definitely an Apple paid site.

44. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The beauty of Android: There is no cure for SheepDroids.

66. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Ironically there is also no cure for your stupidity.

67. cheetah2k

Posts: 2230; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The Beauty of iOS: There is no cure for iHomos

46. mobiledroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Hi there, this is my site and no it's not an Apple fan site, nor do I get paid by them (unfortunately). The root site is actually just an off-the shelf e-commerce site with some demo content pre-populated, I haven't actually added anything yet so its pure-coincidence that it fits in with your conspiracy theory :)

53. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Wow I'm good. Even before i got to the comments, I said there would be a comment that Apple paid the testers or website, and low and behold the 3rd comment is just that. You Apple haters are very predictable, you rehash the same arguments over and over. Pathetic IMO.

60. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sgodsell couldn't resist.

65. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

The trolls never can darkk, they never can.

69. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Did your S6 and iPhone 6 face performance degradation in real life usage darkk? I think sometimes it's better to ask someone who experienced with them.

29. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Intel = Android's best hope. Time for the OEM's to use a real chip.

42. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Completely agree. I don't think they are there yet, but Intel will be a major player in the Android space. They have been growing very quickly in the mobile space.

75. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I also agree, that atom is a hell of a chip. Intel is slow to move but they know what they're doing, especially with manufacturing. My dark horse entry to this contest is nVidia, I think they dun fackd up with not putting a modem on the X1. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next year.

12. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Android fanboys coming to cry foul in 3,2,1...

19. gaming64 unregistered

The only guy who talks trash is you.

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3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

another prove in the endless list of Apple does NOT play when it comes to quality

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Is it feasible to use A8 in Android? I think yes but still doubtful. Can someone clarify?

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It won't be powerful enough to run android. A8 is designed by apple so not for anyone else, coming A72 cores would be better performing.

48. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

It is more than powerful enough. The gpu performance of the soc is just below the Snapdragon 810 and Exynos 7420. The A8x crushes the Exynos and the Snapdragon btw. I don't like Apple but they know how to design good chipsets.

52. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, nope it crushes 7420 in a tablet and on single core only and on iOS, I say that crap if you ask me, as Samsung can easy clock up ther CPU in a tablet and make your a8x look like cheap crap

54. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Please note that the cores on the Samsung CPU are way smaller and need to be clocked at an himcpu speed to get the single speed up, that and more cores are used in android

57. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

No it doesn't. Singel-core only at the same clockspeed. But Exynos is clocked higher and have more cores. Multi-core performance is way better, much more RAM available for multitasking. A8 would not work well with the Android OS with all certainty because its not designed for it. You must understand that companies have different solutions that have pros and cons. Nothing is best at everything.

62. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yes A8X does but I didn't consider it as it's an tablet SOC.

10. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

It could be used but the A8 has zero support in the Linux kernel (and no device tree), no one is working on bringing any sort of upstream support so chances of using it in an Android device are pretty much zero. It would work if the support was implement but you wouldn't see any significant improvement over any existing SoCs. Graphical performance on Android will also be slightly worse due to lower grade PowerVR drivers. The A8 and its associated software stack (BSD-like kernel and drivers) are tailor-made to suit iOS.

5. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

SD810 is simply not fit for purpose and should be withdrawn from all markets.

6. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Where are those that say the iphone has 2012 hardware? Techie24 (or whatever) im awaiting your 4 page essay. Sorry, just had to say it.

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