Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Apple vs Atom throttling stats confirm 810 is the worst, A8 is top
posted by Daniel P. / Jun 29, 2015, 8:15 AM
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.
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.The phones used for the comparison are
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.
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Apple fanboys coming to trash talk in 3,2,1...
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 8:19 AM 7
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better get yer popcorn ready m8.
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 8:21 AM 1
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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. http://www.mobiledroid.co.uk/b
Read the articles. Ask yourself...is this an Apple blog?
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 11:06 AM 1
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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 :)
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 12:39 PM 3
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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.
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 2:44 PM 3
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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.
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 11:03 PM 0
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Is it feasible to use A8 in Android? I think yes but still doubtful. Can someone clarify?
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 8:24 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 8:35 AM 8
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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.
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 1:33 PM 7
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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.
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 3:28 PM 2
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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.
posted on Jun 29, 2015, 8:49 AM 1
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