The day a midrange processor from MediaTek put the best of Qualcomm on the ropes

For years MediaTek has been in the shadow of Qualcomm. Less efficient, less powerful processors, with driver and support issues and with less compatibility with ROMs, third-party apps and the like. In the past two years Qualcomm steps up a gear when it comes to efficiencywith a generation Snapdragon 888 there Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 characterized by high consumption and high temperatures.

These problems seem to have been solved thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ gen 1, which replaces Samsung’s 5nm manufacturing process with that of TSMC. However, almost all of the top of the line that were born between January and July of this year, ride Gen 1. We wanted to compare this processor with one of MediaTek’s starsthe Size 8100.

Because? Because This is the first time that a “mid-range” MediaTek processor has managed to beat Qualcomm’s flagship. The rival to beat would be the Dimensity 9000, but there are no proposals for sale in Spain with this SoC, and it is even more striking that the processor that sits below is such a spectacle in terms of performance.


The evidence

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For this comparison, the perfect scenario would have been the same phone in MTK Dimensity 8100 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 versions. There is no such mobile, so we used different models. More specifically, the last Sony Xperia I IV and the Realme GT Neo 3. Although there are individual differences in dissipation and construction, Throughout the scan, the data will highlight processor differences.

Regarding the tests, we made a rigorous selection of benchmarks. We didn’t want to see who scores the most, simply, but to move from the most general tests to the most specific tests to measure all the points of the SoCs with relative precision.

  • General AnTuTu: analyzes the CPU in multicore, tests the GPU, operations with RAM memory and ROM memory (sequential read, sequential write, etc.) last section of the UX, where images, data, etc. are processed. It only offers an overall ratingit is therefore a general test to give a context on the position occupied by each SoC.

  • 3D Mark Wild Stress Test: one of the best GPU tests today. Wild Life is a 20-minute test that measures device performance under long periods of heavy load. It not only provides a score, but shows how was the performance maintained throughout the test.

  • GFXbench Aztec Ruins OpenGL 1440p: While 3D Mark is a full GPU test, a twist is GFXBench’s Aztek Ruins test. This will offer a total score in FPS to know the graphic potential.

  • CPU throttling test: with this test we seek to know the strangulation of the processor, the limitation it suffers from and the drop in performance.

  • PerfDog gaming test: This test is more unknown, since it is not a mobile application. PerDog is a platform that allows you to measure consumption, FPS and performance of any phone by connecting it to a PC.

The battery has been saved always above 50%to prevent one of these mobiles from reducing its performance through software.

AnTuTu

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The AnTuTu overall score is not an infallible indicator of a processor’s power, but it is certainly more than relevant that a “mid” range processor exceeds, for the first time, the top of the range from Qualcomm. In this case, the Dimensity 8100 scored higher than Gen 1 in the CPU, GPU, and AnTuTu secondary tests.

3D Brand Wildlife

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3D Mark Wild Life in unlimited mode is one of today’s best tests for measuring sustained performance. In other words, it not only measures the maximum score, but also tells us how the performance has dropped.

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The MTK Dimensity 8100 remains stable throughout the test.

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The Qualcomm drops to almost 50% of its maximum performance.

Here we appreciate that the maximum score was higher in the Qualcomm, but the most relevant data concerns the stability of the test: 92.5% stability in MediaTek, compared to 52.8% in Qualcomm. The translation of this is remarkable, the MediaTek dropped less than 8% in 20 minutes of testing, while the Qualcomm dropped nearly 50%.

GFXbench Aztec Ruins OpenGL 1440p

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This is one of the most difficult tests to measure the GPU, to the point that none of the phones we tested even hit 30 FPS. In this test, in which the Mali-G610 MC6 and the Adreno 730 are pressed, we see that the score is higher in the MediaTek, 27 vs. 25 FPS. A relevant difference, since one of the weak points of MTK has always been the GPU.

CPU throttling test

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In the 3D Mark graphics performance test, we saw the Snapdragon drop around 50% compared to 8% for the MediaTek. The data matches the CPU stress test perfectly. In this case, the MediaTek maintained its performance at 90%. On the Qualcomm side, it fell to 65%, a more than noticeable difference. comment here that the temperature of the two devices was very similarabout 41 degrees Celsius, so it’s not the only one that explains the strangulation of the Snapdragon.

PerDog, playtest

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The three data you see in the graphs are FPS rate, CPU usage, and power consumption. In this test we wanted to evaluate the FPS they supported and the consumption. We played ‘Genshin Impact’ in Ultra settingsas high as possible.

The MediaTek Dimensity 8100 stayed above 50 FPS most of the time, with occasional dips in more graphics-intensive areas. The most spectacular is the consumption, which at no time exceeded 4.5W.

For its part, Qualcomm had more difficulty maintaining an average of 40 FPS, reach consumption peaks of 11W, more than double compared to MediaTek. Such an abysmal difference in power consumption is particularly striking, with Gen 1 consuming much more with less performance.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 as a solution

It might seem in this test that Qualcomm is plummeting and MediaTek has moved left. Until recently, it was practically reading, but the trend can be reversed. The main issue with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was Samsung’s 5-nanometer manufacturing process, which proved to be much more inefficient than TSMC’s 5-nanometer process.

With the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 comes this “new” manufacturing processand the first tests point to results very similar to those of the Dimensity 8100. On the MediaTek side, it is spectacular that a processor oriented mid-high end far surpass such an ambitious proposal from Qualcomm. MediaTek has pulled itself together, and if it continues on this path, the old stigmas it carries from the past can finally be shed.

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