Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Strong GPU Performance, Less of a CPU Boost

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Strong GPU Performance, Less of a CPU Boost

Do keep in mind that GPU performance is extremely crucial for AR and VR and that's why this is such an important benchmark and maximum theoretical performance increased almost 30% on GFX bench over the Snapdragon 835 and could translate to significantly improved framerates and more consistent latency. With that being said, it really seems that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will deliver better experience compared to its predecessor. The SD845's specs are impressive - they're now running eight Kryo 385 cores, which are actually four Cortex-A75 performance cores paired with four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores. The chipmaker recently made the Snapdragon 845 SoC available for benchmark tests, which revealed its several features and capabilities. Overall, the new flagship SoC has 48 percent more Octane performance and 34 percent more GeekBench performance than last year's variant. They also set expectations: this is going to be a stepwise improvement in CPU performance, and new smartphones won't necessarily feel much faster in basic UI tasks. It is expected to use the Snapdragon 845 in some markets and its own Exynos chipset for some regions. That immediately shows considerable gains on the Snapdragon 835, which normally scores within the 1,900-2,000 range in the single-core test and within 6,300-6,700 in the multi-core test, depending on the device it's powering. The red bar represents raw GPU performance independent of the display, while Manhattan performance shows OpenGL ES 3.0 performance based on the installed display on the device.

Initial benchmarks for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 CPU, which we'll see in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9, tip a 20-40 percent increase in web browsing performance over the Snapdragon 835, and a 15-30 percent improvement in graphics performance.

As a reminder, Samsung usually puts its own Exynos chipset in the global version of its flagship, while the USA variants are traditionally flaunting Qualcomm's top chipset. In addition, it also boasts a 30 percent estimated power reduction.


Considering benchmark scores, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC is expected to be one of the fastest alternatives available for non-Apple smartphones in 2018. Qualcomm has laid down exciting possibilities, but the Snapdragon 845 will only be truly exciting if smartphone makers decide to pick those possibilities up.

But, at the very least, we know graphics performance is promising. I do not hold any equity positions with any companies cited in this column.

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