In November last year, MediaTek announced its new mobile chipset for high-end smartphones, the Dimensity 9000.
The company’s promise was to fight with the most powerful chips on the market, such as the Samsung Exynos 2200 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – something that appeared to be real according to benchmarks leaked in December.
This Monday (17), the YouTube channel Geekerwan published a more complete test, directly comparing the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, revealing not only the performance difference between the chips, but also how each one performs. about CPU, GPU and energy efficiency.
Testing the MediaTek Dimensity 9000
To make the comparison, the channel used a prototype device, received directly from MediaTek, equipped with the Dimensity 9000 chipset. Presenter Yun Fei pointed out that the device was completely incomplete, without cameras and having several exposed connectors.
Other factors that weigh against the prototype are the screen (with huge borders) and especially the chip cooling solution, which still looked unfinished – leaving room for more efficient cooling solutions in future smartphones, such as steam chambers and heatpipes.
Even so, the device is quite functional and allows running the main benchmark apps today, such as Geekbench and GFXBench, in addition to the game Genshin Impact.
The Benchmark Battle Against the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Starting from the Geekbench 5 app CPU tests, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 scored 1287 single-core points and 4474 points in multi-core mode – a result 17% higher than the 3800 points offered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. With that, the Dimensity 9000 surpasses the Apple A14 of the iPhone 12, being behind only the most recent A15 of the iPhone 13 (which has a score of 4908 points).
Another crucial point demonstrated by the test is that to arrive at these scores, the Dimensity chip used less power when compared to rival Qualcomm. It was 9.8 W against 11.1 W of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This score reveals that the chip could be one of the most efficient ever released for Android smartphones.
The presenter points out that much of this additional efficiency could come from TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process. By way of comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is manufactured by Samsung, also in 4nm, but it doesn’t seem to have such an efficient result.
Moving on to graphics performance, Fei demonstrated the GPU benchmarks via GFXBench in the Aztec Ruin test suite. NoIn this test Dimensity underperformed Snapdragon generating 100 frames (against 115 of the rival chip) in 1080p resolution.
In Vulkan graphic backend the difference was even greater, as can be seen in the video below:
Yet, again Dimensity revealed high energy efficiency, consuming significantly fewer Watts and generating less heat in the process.
Finally, the channel did a real performance test with the game Genshin Impact. Even with the prototype and its more archaic cooling solutions, the device managed to hold the game running at 60 FPS in high quality for approximately 7 and a half minutes, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 held this frame rate for just 3 minutes.
Despite this, after the initial drop and activating Thermal Throttling, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 GPU delivered a seemingly higher result (although with much more considerable peaks and valleys, generating more fluctuation in the images).
It’s still too early to hit the hammer
As in the other tests, once again Dimensity proved to be the more efficient chip of the two. The presenter also highlights that this difference in GPUs can be mitigated by a more robust cooling system, something that can generate performance gains in every way for the MediaTek chipset.
Taking the results into account, the Dimensity 9000 can be a robust option, with high processing power, more efficiency and more controlled temperatures. We will have confirmation of this with the launch of the first smartphones equipped with the chipset, something planned for the first half of 2022.
Read more about the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 and its features in the following article:
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