Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has a Face-Melting GPU

By Jamie Condliffe on at

While most high-end Android phones currently sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600, there's another chip announced earlier this year waiting to hit the scene: the Snapdragon 800. Now, the first benchmarks of that new chip are in — and its GPU promises to smoke the competition.

AnandTech has a raft of numbers comparing the Snapdragon 800's CPU and GPU to chips like the Snapdragon 600, Apple's A6 and A6X, and the Exynos 5 Dual and Octa, which have been neatly complied by Ars Technica. What they make clear is that, while the chip's CPU is only a modest upgrade over the 600, its GPU is going to blow you away. First, the CPU scores:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has a Face-Melting GPU

The Snapdragon 8000 almost manages to keep pace with the Tegra 4, though never manages to beat it. Look at the GPU scores, though, and it's quite a different story:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has a Face-Melting GPU

Here, the 800 smokes both the Tegra 4 and the A6X — impressive given Tegra 4 tablets are yet to land and Apple is usually ahead the game in terms of graphics. The only thing to ponder here — other than the huge promise such GPU performance offers — is power consumption. Qualcomm claims it'll be on par with the 600, but it's worth being a little skeptical about that claim — at least until devices start shipping. [Anandtech via Ars Technica]

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