Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Scores Beat A17 Pro! MediaTek Catches Up Fast!

Snapdragon 8 Gen4 and MediaTek Dimensity 9400 Performance Revealed

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen4 performance scores have been leaked on social media, showing a significant improvement compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen3.

Specifically, in the Geekbench 6 benchmark software, the Snapdragon 8 Gen4 scored 2845 in single-core performance and 10628 in multi-core performance, making it Qualcomm’s first mobile chip to surpass the ten thousand mark in scores.

Previously, the Snapdragon 8 Gen3 scored around 2200 in single-core and 7200 in multi-core performance on Geekbench 6.

In terms of AnTuTu benchmarking, the Snapdragon 8 Gen4 achieved a total score exceeding 3.13 million, marking the best performance in Snapdragon history.

It is reported that the Snapdragon 8 Gen4 departs from the Arm architecture and adopts Qualcomm’s in-house Nuvia architecture, featuring 2 Nuvia Phoenix performance cores and 6 Nuvia Phoenix M cores, creating a new dual-cluster eight-core CPU architecture, which is a significant change in Qualcomm’s 5G SoC history.

Additionally, the Snapdragon 8 Gen4 will utilize TSMC’s second-generation 3nm process, aiming to compete in overall performance with Apple’s A18 Pro. Exciting developments are expected.

The performance figures of this Snapdragon 8 Gen4 are kind of brutal; my Snapdragon 8 Gen3 was just hitting 2.2 million points leisurely. How did your Snapdragon 8 Gen4 manage to reach 3.1 million points? It’s even higher than Apple’s A17 Pro scores! Does this mean my next year’s flagship Android phone can run Death Stranding as well?

The early engineering sample scores of the MediaTek Dimensity 9400 were exposed on social media.

In Geekbench 6 testing, the Dimensity 9400 single-core performance exceeded 2700, while the multi-core performance surpassed 11000.

For comparison, the previous generation chip, Dimensity 9300, scored around 2200 in single-core and 7500 in multi-core performance.

Calculating the numbers, the Dimensity 9400 showed an improvement of around 26% in single-core and 55% in multi-core performance, making it not only MediaTek’s most powerful mobile chip but also the most robust 5G platform in the Android camp.

When compared to Apple’s A17 Pro, the early Dimensity 9400 scores are close in single-core performance but significantly ahead in multi-core (A17 Pro scored 2800 in single-core and 7200 in multi-core).

On AnTuTu benchmarks, the comprehensive score of the Dimensity 9400 crossed 3.44 million.

It is noted that the Dimensity 9400 adopts TSMC’s 3nm process, featuring a CPU with 1 Cortex X5 big core and 3 Cortex X4 big cores, showcasing immense performance and is set to debut later this year.

Just as the Snapdragon 8 Gen4 was taking the lead, the Dimensity 9400 steps up to challenge it! MediaTek has consistently excelled in benchmarks, but real-world usage of the Dimensity 9300 shows performance isn’t the only aspect. However, in terms of battery life and heat dissipation, Dimensity 9400 falls slightly behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen3, though the difference is almost negligible. Currently, it seems like the Snapdragon 8 Gen4 and Dimensity 9400 are on an equal footing for competition. The focus now shifts to how smartphone manufacturers will leverage these two chipsets to design flagship products.

If given a choice at the same price point, which one would you prefer?

According to foreign media reports, NVIDIA has started accepting orders for its China-specific AI chips, the H20, through distributors. Two other chips tailored for the Chinese market, the L20 and L2, are also available, with the H20 boasting the highest performance among the three.

Originally planned for release in November last year, the chips faced delays due to issues encountered by server manufacturers during chip integration.

The AI chip H20 is priced between $12,000 (around 85,000 RMB) and $15,000 (around 107,000 RMB) per piece. However, some distributors have significantly increased the price, pushing the starting price of the H20 to around 110,000 RMB.

NVIDIA’s distributors are also selling H20 servers pre-configured with 8 H20 chips, priced at 1.4 million RMB.

NVIDIA claims that small quantities of the H20 product will be delivered starting from the first quarter of 2024, with mass deliveries expected from the second quarter.

Regarding the feedback from Chinese distributors, the price of NVIDIA’s new AI chips is comparable to Huawei’s, but the Ascend 910B from Huawei seems to be more popular, especially since the H20 falls short in some specifications compared to it.

H20 appears to lag behind the 910B in FP32 performance, a significant metric for measuring the speed of chip processing ordinary tasks, as it is rated half as capable as competitors in this aspect.

Nevertheless, H20 seems to have an advantage in interconnect speed compared to 910B, which measures the speed of data transfer between chips.

From a viewpoint of security and stability, given that domestic manufacturers in China are facing US sanctions, procuring chips from NVIDIA may pose risks of delivery disruptions. Even with performance differences, opting for Huawei products as a substitute would be a more secure choice. These issues cannot be resolved simply by NVIDIA’s CEO attending conferences in China to bolster goodwill. Qualcomm has already made significant layoffs in China; if NVIDIA doesn’t handle the sanction issues well, it might not be far from becoming the next Qualcomm.

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