Snapdragon 680 vs Helio G96

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 (with Adreno 610 graphics) and MediaTek Helio G96 (Mali G57 MC2). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 680
  • Has a smaller size transistor (6 versus 12 nm)
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Helio
  • 17% higher CPU clock speed (2400 vs 2050 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~17%)
Pros of MediaTek Helio G96
  • Shows better (up to 21%) AnTuTu 9 score – 322K vs 266K
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Helio G96 +21%
322768
CPU 84900 88351
GPU 48305 74097
Memory 65240 64690
UX 68226 97634
Total score 266280 322768

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Helio G96 +43%
535
Multi-Core Score
Helio G96 +21%
1879

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Helio G96 +147%
1095
Stability 99% 95%
Graphics test 2 FPS 6 FPS
Score 443 1095

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 59 FPS
[Medium]
72 FPS
[Low]
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Low]
42 FPS
[Medium]
Fortnite 23 FPS
[Low]
26 FPS
[Low]
Shadowgun Legends 65 FPS
[Low]
58 FPS
[Low]
World of Tanks Blitz 62 FPS
[Medium]
66 FPS
[Medium]
Genshin Impact 26 FPS
[Low]
23 FPS
[Low]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 54 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
1080 x 2400
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro
1080 x 2400
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 680 and Helio G96

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.4 GHz – Kryo 265 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.9 GHz – Kryo 265 Silver (Cortex-A53)
2x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A76
6x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2400 MHz 2050 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.2-A
Process 6 nanometers 12 nanometers

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 610 Mali G57 MC2
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall
GPU frequency 1114 MHz 950 MHz
Execution units 2 2
Shading units 96 32
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 17 Gbit/s 17.1 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 10 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 686 Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.2 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.2
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 2520 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 64MP, 2x 16MP 1x 108MP, 2x 16MP
Video capture 1K at 60FPS 2K at 30FPS, 1K at 60FPS
Video playback 1080p at 60FPS 2K at 30FPS, 1080p at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X11 -
4G support LTE Cat. 13 LTE Cat. 13
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 390 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.1 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC

Info

Announced October 2021 June 2021
Class Mid range Mid range
Model number SM6225 MT6781
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 official site MediaTek Helio G96 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Helio G96 and Snapdragon 680, or ask any questions
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davide 31 October 2022 13:48
It's very rare to play, the most of the game are pokemon go for 1h a day. Which is better in terms of battery?
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Mcx 14 November 2022 13:41
it literally said above that SD performs better than Helio. SD is 6nm, and Helio is 12 nm.
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Uru Mishu 21 October 2022 06:33
I have used Redmi Note 11S (with G96) and realme 9 (with Snapdragon 680) for over a month now. If I had to choose I would choose Helio G96 over SD680. Better overall performance, graphical processing advantage and advantage in the camera department too. Yes, SD680 is power efficient and may have better heat resistance but it also doesn't mean Helio G96 is so far behind by any means.
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Sbato 18 November 2022 09:15
for non-gamer usage (only browser, messaging, and social networks), would you choose SD680 or G96?
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Azaryah 05 October 2022 13:01
Am not a gamer so I would rather go for SD, why should I deal with heating issues? I experience it from my Redmi note 8 and 9. Sometimes it will heat when u are not even playing any game, as long as u are outdoors, in the sun. I switched to 680 which I feel it's better though Helio got good picture processing. I salute them for that part.
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Just a simple user 19 September 2022 16:11
Why do games have better graphics options for snapdragon 680 rather than for helio g96 even though g96 has better performance?
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user18 23 September 2022 16:55
gpu shader unit and frequency better in 680.
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Expert 08 September 2022 17:24
Honestly, I don't understand how the results of the gaming tests here happened, really, do the shading units have that much effect, the g96 is crushing the 680 on paper, but Qualcomm is just far more experienced, checking the difference between paper and real usage makes me exclude the helio entirely, despite anything.
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Azaryah 05 October 2022 12:55
Exactly. That's it.
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sam 11 August 2022 17:39
it's not a heating issue... but snapdragon 680 with 6nm it's mainly made to reduce device temperature... In general, I prefer the G96 processor because why did I choose a processor that does not heat up, and it basically does not perform well in games?... This is from my point of view for the GAMERS!
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ReCursive 24 June 2022 23:30
Why are SD 680 single-core scores so low ? Can someone please explain?
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Jdhfhd 03 September 2022 05:43
Because it has an older Arm Cortex version which is A73/A53 compared to the A76/A55 of helio G96.
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Hridoy 05 June 2022 06:43
Which one makes the device hot?
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RK Tex 22 May 2022 19:36
When it comes to gaming g96 is better than 680much
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Poteto 24 April 2022 23:44
While the g96 is clearly a sizeably better chip, I’d still choose the 680 for the battery life and Bluetooth codecs. Gaming on 12nm gets really hot, from the g90T experience. I recommend a 778 or equivalent dimensity minimum for gaming.
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Karan 05 June 2022 19:03
That doesn't matter until you try, and in the case of a battery 5000 mah is huge, it doesn't affect much in practice it's just in words that better battery life... performance, and power matter that what g96 gives you.
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Lucky 13 April 2022 14:55
G96 has high-resolution video support and good camera architecture with more antutu scores.
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Kimmyhead 06 April 2022 06:37
Which one of these two is the best for emulation?
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Johnny Aleister 30 March 2022 08:50
6nm VS 12nm. I chose snapdragon 680
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Murugan 27 March 2022 08:11
G96 is a 12nm heat a lot but CPU GPU is super which one to buy so confused
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Sabari 23 September 2022 05:35
If you are under budget go for G96 otherwise go for midrange snapdragon chipsets above 778G.
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Sajad 17 March 2022 15:37
G96 has a heating issue
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David 22 March 2022 01:19
At witch temp? using what?
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random 12 June 2022 00:46
David, it is not a heating issue! it just gets hotter than the other one, while gaming or sum like that, but it has a better performance
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Guest 04 November 2022 05:39
random, The issue is, Mediatek cannot stop making their Helio chipsets 12nm. If only they can stop abusing 12nm to their chipsets and make it around 8-6 nm then the problem would be solved.
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Fuad Sarker 05 March 2022 08:55
East or west Snapdragon is the best
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