We benchmark the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: solid CPU gains, impressive GPU upgrade

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Testing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: solid CPU gains, impressive GPU upgrade

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 final month and the primary telephones with it are beginning to come out. Whereas the vivo X90 Professional+ was the primary to be introduced, we dont have a unit to check. However we do have an iQOO 11, and we spent fairly a while placing it via its paces.

Benchmarks of the brand new chip have been leaking for some time now; nevertheless, you’ll be able to by no means make certain if there isnt something shady happening with these. With the iQOO 11 available, we’ve got a market-ready gadget that we all know is on the extent.

Our unit has 16GB of RAM and 256GB storage, which provides the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 a fantastic alternative to shine. And, boy, does it shine! Take into account that this can be a generational enchancment, much less so when you embody the 8+ Gen 1 (which we did), and it nonetheless makes use of the TSMC N4 node. What Qualcomm has achieved is kind of spectacular.

Earlier than continuing to the charts, permit us to introduce the chip in additional element. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 makes use of a mixture of ARM cores. The Cortex-X3 is the chief of the pack and based mostly on official information, it must be 25% quicker than the Cortex-X2 used within the Gen 1 chips. That’s the guideline for single-threaded efficiency.

Then there’s a combine of 4 mid-sized cores. Two are Cortex-A715, which must be 20% quicker than the older A710 core. The Gen 2 chip additionally has two of these A710 cores, so multi-threaded efficiency is more durable to estimate. That is based mostly on information from ARM, Qualcomm says that the CPU is 35% quicker total (in comparison with the unique 8 Gen 1 CPU) and 40% extra environment friendly (which we’re not testing right this moment).

Here’s a abstract of the chipsets we’re right this moment:

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Node Samsung 4LPX TSMC N4 TSMC N4
CPU (Prime) 1x Cortex-X2 @ 3.0GHz 1x Cortex-X2 @ 3.2GHz 1x Cortex-X3 @ 3.2GHz
CPU (Mid) 3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.5GHz 3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.75GHz 2x Cortex-A715 @ 2.8GHz
CPU (Mid 2) 2x Cortex-A710 @ 2.8GHz
CPU (Small) 4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8GHz 4x Cortex-A510 @ 2.0GHz 3x Cortex-A510 @ 2.0 GHz
GPU Adreno 730 @ 818MHz Adreno 730 @ 900MHz Adreno 740 @ 680MHz
System cache 6MB 6MB 8MB
RAM LPDDR5 LPDDR5 LPDDR5X
Storage UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1 UFS 4.0

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 additionally makes use of the brand new Adreno 740 GPU. Qualcomm is secretive in regards to the {hardware} specifics, however there will need to have been a significant change. One attention-grabbing factor to notice is that the 740 runs at decrease clock speeds than the 730 within the Gen 1 chips. Even so, Qualcomm says that the brand new GPU is 25% quicker than its predecessor (and 45% extra environment friendly).

If something, Qualcomm was conservative with its GPU claims had been seeing a lot bigger pace ups even over the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which itself was a modest enchancment over the unique chip from the start of this yr (10% quicker). The main focus of the Plus chip was energy effectivity. And as soon as that was achieved, Qualcomm may flip its consideration to creating issues quicker.

We’ll begin with AnTuTu, which is a full system benchmark, to try to get a way of the general enchancment introduced on by Gen 2. This isnt a completely apples to apples comparability, because the Gen 1 chips solely help LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, nevertheless, helps the quicker LPDDR5X DRAM and UFS 4.0 storage, and the iQOO 11 makes full use of them.

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