Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Benchmark: More performance and less consumption thanks to TSMC N4

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The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is basically what the underlying chip should have been half a year ago. The efficiency is 30 percent higher by switching to TSMC N4. Qualcomm turns this into a chip that is 10 percent faster and 15 percent more economical than the base model.

Table of contents

  1. 1 Samsung is said to have yield problems
  2. Performance increases, consumption still decreases
  3. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 8 Gen 1 and 888 (Plus) in comparison
  4. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 benchmark
  5. Conclusion

In principle, new expansion stages of an existing chip are nothing new at Qualcomm. Already at the time of the Snapdragon 800 there were further developments like the 801 and 805. The Snapdragon 810 was followed by v2 and v2.1 with a faster GPU and at the time of the Snapdragon 820 there was later the 821 Pro-AB and Pro-AC. All these and later generations like the 855/855+, then the 865/865+ and finally the 888/888+ had one thing in common: the same manufacturing process. Ultimately, only strict binning was used, so that the best chips on the wafer were selected as the plus variant and were allowed to run with a higher CPU and GPU clock.

Samsung is said to have yield problems

The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is used in smartphones such as the Asus ROG Phone 6 (Pro) (test) and the recently introduced Xiaomi 12S Ultra, breaks with previous tradition, because Qualcomm is for the Plus model from Samsung 4LPE switched to TSMC with their N4 process. There had already been speculation in the spring that Qualcomm would allegedly switch from Samsung to TSMC and that the South Korean foundry was having yield problems, meaning it could not produce enough chips. Only 35 percent of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 produced are said to have met the specified specifications. The previous year, the 5LPE/5LPP manufacturing processes are said to have also achieved a comparatively poor yield rate of only 50 percent.

Performance goes up, but consumption goes down

The figures presented by Qualcomm impressively show how differently two supposedly equivalent 4 nm manufacturing processes can perform and how well TSMC is currently positioned in manufacturing. With the same performance, the CPU and GPU should each deliver 30 percent better efficiency than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, although nothing has changed in the actual design of the chip. In view of the additional performance of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm puts the efficiency gain at 15 percent.

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The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 from TSMC's N4 production (Image: Qualcomm )

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 8 Gen 1 and 888 (Plus) compared

According to Qualcomm, the CPU of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 should deliver a 10 percent higher performance (not clock), while the manufacturer specifies a 10 percent higher clock for the Adreno 730 GPU. Qualcomm does not disclose the clock of the GPU – but so far it was 818 MHz, so that the peak is 900 MHz. The new CPU, on the other hand, manages 3.2 instead of 2.995 GHz, an increase of almost 7 percent. The fact that 10 percent more performance is to be delivered is due to the fact that, in addition to the prime core (Cortex-X2), the performance and efficiency cores have also been increased. The four Cortex-A710 reach 2.75 instead of 2.5 GHz and the four Cortex-A510 come to 2.0 instead of 1.8 GHz.

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Snapdragon 888 Plus Snapdragon 888 Manufacturing TSMC N4 Samsung 4LPE Samsung 5LPE Core Design 1 + 3 + 4 CPU Kryo CPU
1 × Cortex-X2 @ 3.2GHz
3 × Cortex-A710 @ 2.75GHz
4 × Cortex-A510 @ 2.0GHz Kryo CPU
1 × Cortex-X2 @ 2.995GHz
3 × Cortex-A710 @ 2.50GHz
4 × Cortex-A510 @ 1.80GHz 1 × Kryo 680 Prime
(Cortex-X1) @ 2.995GHz
3 × Kryo 680 Gold
(Cortex-A78) @ 2.40GHz
4 × Kryo 680 Silver
(Cortex-A55) @ 1.80GHz 1 × Kryo 680 Prime
(Cortex-X1) @ 2.84GHz
3 × Kryo 680 Gold
(Cortex-A78) @ 2.40GHz
4 × Kryo 680 Silver
(Cortex-A55) @ 1, 80GHz GPU Adreno 730 @ 900MHz Adreno 730 @ 818MHz Adreno 660 @ 840MHz Memory LPDDR5 @ 3200MHz LPDDR5 @ 3200MHz
LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz ISP “Spectra ISP”
Triple 18 bit ISP

3.2 GP/s
1 × 200 MP Photo
3 × 36 MP @ 30 FPS ZSL
1×64MP/1×36MP@30FPS ZSL
1×108MP@30FPS ZSL

10-bit HDR/Rec. 2020 photo + video
8K HDR video + 64 MP photo
4K video @ 120 FPS
8K HDR video @ 30 FPS
720p video @ 960 FPS
HDR10(+), HLG, Dolby Vision Spectra 580
Triple 14 Bit ISP

2.7 GP/s
1 × 200 MP Photo
3 × 28 MP @ 30 FPS ZSL
1 × 64 MP/1 × 25 MP @ 30 FPS ZSL
1 × 84 MP @ 30 FPS ZSL

10-bit HDR/Rec. 2020 photo + video
4K video + 64 MP photo
4K video @ 120 FPS
8K video @ 30 FPS
720p video @ 960 FPS
HDR10(+), HLG, Dolby Vision AI 7th Gen AI Engine
?? TOPS
(CPU + GPU + Hexagon DSP) 6th Gen AI Engine
32 TOPS
(CPU + GPU + Hexagon 780 DSP) 6th Gen AI Engine
26 TOPS
(CPU + GPU + Hexagon 780 DSP) Modem Snapdragon X65 Snapdragon X60

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in benchmark

In the benchmarks, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro has to compete with the previous variant in the OnePlus 10 Pro and in the “Qualcomm Reference Design” (QRD). Single-core benchmarks such as Geekbench 5.1 attest the newer chip an increase of up to 4 percent, in the multi-core test of the same benchmark it is 11 percent compared to the QRD. This pretty much meets Qualcomm's specifications. The OnePlus 10 Pro repeatedly shows unusually poor results in this test. In PCMark 3.0, however, the Plus and Non-Plus chips don't share anything. Browser benchmarks such as the JetStream 2 show a maximum gain of 5 percent.

The faster Adreno 730 GPU comes into its own, showing improvements in the upper single digits across the board and in part putting Qualcomm and Apple on par. The A15 still has the fastest CPU in the smartphone processor segment, but Qualcomm is almost equal when it comes to GPUs.

3DMark Unlimited

3DMark Unlimited – Wild Life Extreme (Metal/Vulkan)

    • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (A15)2,828
    • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)2,767
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    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD2,577
    • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1) 2,541
    • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (A14)2,113
    • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200)1,845
    • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)1,769< /li>
    • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)1,256
    • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870)1,225
    • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)444

Unit: Score 3DMark Unlimited – Wild Life (Metal/Vulkan)

    • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (A15)11.533
    • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)11.054
    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD10.412
    • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)10,244
    • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (A14)9,121
    • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200) 7,837
    • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Tensor)7,066
    • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (K9000)6,800
    • Asus ROG Phone 5 (SD888)5,824
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    • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)5,789
    • Oppo Find X3 Pro (SD888)5,771
    • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870)4,220
    • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)4,179
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (E990)4,170
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    • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)1,025

Unit: Points 3DMark Unlimited – Sling Shot Extreme (Metal/OpenGL ES 3.1)

    • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)12.025
    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD10,726
    • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)10,437
    • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200)10,139
    • Asus ROG Phone 5 (SD888)9,802
    • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Tensor)9,473
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    • Oppo Find X3 Pro (SD888)9.210
    • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)9.156
    • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870)8,573
    • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (K9000)8,090
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (E990)7,413
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    • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (A14)7,150
    • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (A15)7,020
    • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)6,692
    • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)2,982

Unit: Points 3DMark Unlimited – Sling Shot (OpenGL ES 3.0)

    • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)13,274
    • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200)12,596
    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD12,119
    • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)11,755
    • Asus ROG Phone 5 (SD888)11,428
    • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Tensor)10,841
    • Oppo Find X3 Pro (SD888)10,597
    • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)10,467< /li>
    • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870)10,238
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (E990)8,802
    • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (K9000)7,909
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    • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)7,852
    • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)3,891
  • < /ul> Unit: points

    The Adreno 730 even renders specific benchmarks like the new 4K test in GFXBench Aztec Ruins with 6 percent more FPS than the big A15. Apple and Qualcomm achieve the same result in the older Manhattan test. But there are also scenes like the car chase sequence, which Apple wins by a margin of 16 percent.

    GFXBench Offscreen

      < li class="chartbundle-tabs__li" role="presentation">Aztec Ruins 2160p (High) (Metal/Vulkan)

    GFXBench Offscreen – Aztec Ruins 2160p (High) (Metal/Vulkan)

      • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1 )23.0
      • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (A15)21.7
      • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)21.0< /li>

    Unit: frames per second (FPS) GFXBench Offscreen – Aztec Ruins 1440p (High) (Metal/Vulkan)

      • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (A15)53.4
      • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)51.0
      • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD49.0
      • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)47.0
      • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (A14)40.1
      • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (K9000)34.0
      • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200)34.0
      • Asus ROG Phone 5 (SD888)32.0
      • Oppo Find X3 Pro (SD888)31.0
      • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Tensor)31.0
      • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)29.0
      • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870) 24.0
      • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (E990)20.0
      • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)20.0
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      • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)5,7

    Unit: frames per second (FPS) GFXBench Offscreen – Aztec Ruins 1080p (Normal) (Metal/Vulkan)

      • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (A15)147.0
      • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)137.0
      • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD131.0
      • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)125.0
      • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (A14)109.0
      • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200)90.0
      • Asus ROG Phone 5 (SD888)86.0
      • Oppo Find X3 Pro (SD888)86.0
      • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Tensor)73.0
      • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)72.0
      • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (K9000)69.0
      • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870)62.0
      • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (E990)51.0
      • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)47.0
      • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)14.0

    Unit: frames per second (FPS) GFXBench Offscreen – Car Chase 1080p (Metal/OpenGL ES 3.1)

      • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max ( A15)119.9
      • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)103.0
      • < strong>Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD98.0
      • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)97.0
      • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (A14)91.7< /li>
      • Asus ROG Phone 5 (SD888)72.0
      • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200)72.0
      • Oppo Find X3 Pro (SD888)71.0
      • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Tensor)69.0
      • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)64.0
      • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (K9000)62.0
      • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870)58.0
      • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (E990)51.0
      • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)46.0
      • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)12.0

    unit : Frames Per Second (FPS) GFXBench Offscreen – Manhattan 1080p (Metal/OpenGL ES 3.1)

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    • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (A15)183.2
    • Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (SD8+ Gen 1)183.0
    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 QRD175.0
    • OnePlus 10 Pro (SD8 Gen 1)171.0
    • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (A14)143.0
    • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Tensor)124.0
    • < li class="chart__row">Oppo Find X3 Pro (SD888)121.0

    • Asus ROG Phone 5 (SD888)120.0
    • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (E2200)120.0
    • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (E2100)114.0
    • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (K9000)108.0
    • Vivo X60 Pro (SD870)95.0
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (E990)86.0
    • OnePlus Nord 2 (MT D1200)78.0
    • Google Pixel 5 (SD765G)22.0< /li>

Unit: frames per second (FPS)

Conclusion

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is only in terms of performance, there is no blatant improvement compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which also does not leave rubble behind for the competitors. Viewed as a whole, the package is noticeably more coherent, because the performance increase of around 10 percent is accompanied by an efficiency gain of 15 percent, from which every smartphone with this instead of the older chip will benefit. In the test, the ROG Phone 6 showed how good the runtimes can be, despite the very large battery. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is ultimately what the underlying chip could have been half a year ago if TSMC had been chosen straight away.

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