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Snapdragon loses to Samsung in Android benchmark

Posted: 19 Jun 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android  benchmark 

Exynos vaults ahead of Snapdragon, with Android benchmark scores that illustrate better performance of Samsung's SoC over Qualcomm's in Nexus devices.

The AndEBench-Pro created by the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) shows Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa 5420 narrowly beating the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AA v2 in overall device and 3D graphics performance. A similar Qualcomm part in a Google Nexus 5 system had a higher overall score than the Samsung part, but it ranked lower in the 3D performance category.

AndEBench-Pro test

Some initial results from EEMBC using AndEBench-Pro show Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa nudging past a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

AndEBench-Pro is a suite of tests measuring the performance of CPU, GPU, memory, and storage sub-systems, as well as a platform test that gauges GUI rendering, XML parsing, image manipulation, data compression, and cryptography tasks embedded in actual workloads. It was the product of an EEMBC workgroup led by Ronen Zohar, a principal engineer at Intel. Members represented most application processor vendors, including Imagination Technologies and Nvidia.

The suite marks a significant advance over the group's AndEBench v1, a CPU-only test released in 2012 and upgraded last year that uses just one workload. By contrast, the AndEBench-Pro suite uses 18 workloads just for its CPU tests.

Markus Levy, EEMBC's president, said the new benchmark is meant to be useful to both end users and device makers. It also has an implementation in Mandarin, since "a very, very large majority of users are in China," he said. "Unfortunately, Android benchmarks in the market have been developed by entities which might be naïve about how to develop a structurally sound benchmark, and furthermore their motivation is unclear. Given the expertise that has gone into developing AndEBench-Pro and the transparent availability of source code, EEMBC is convinced the benchmark is structurally sound."


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