Snapdragon 865 vs Dimensity 1200

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with Adreno 650 graphics) and MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (Mali-G77 MC9). 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 865
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Dimensity
Pros of MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • Higher GPU frequency (~51%)
  • Announced 1-year and 2-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (6 versus 7 nm)
  • 6% higher CPU clock speed (3000 vs 2840 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 8%) AnTuTu 9 score – 695K vs 644K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
695587
CPU 179581 186722
GPU 217033 245069
Memory 117282 125190
UX 135531 141824
Total score 644826 695587

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 164.1 Mpixels/s 171.75 Mpixels/s
Face detection 26.1 images/s 32.25 images/s
Speech recognition 49.6 words/s 51.5 words/s
Machine learning 50 images/s 51.65 images/s
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s 27.35 images/s
HTML 5 3.25 Mnodes/s 3.76 Mnodes/s
SQLite 880 Krows/s 931.9 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 91% 91%
Graphics test 23 FPS 25 FPS
Score 3863 4213

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
68 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 61 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[High]
Fortnite 30 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[Low]
Shadowgun Legends - 71 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
88 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 60 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
1080 x 2340
Oppo Realme GT Neo
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 865 and Dimensity 1200

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
1x 3 GHz – Cortex-A78
3x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A78
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 3000 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 128 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB -
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 6 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion -
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MC9
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall
GPU frequency 587 MHz 886 MHz
Execution units 2 9
Shading units 512 144
FLOPS 1228 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2520 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP 1x 200MP, 2x 32MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 19
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 1600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC

Info

Announced December 2019 January 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB MT6893
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site MediaTek Dimensity 1200 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 865, or ask any questions
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Master 25 June 2022 11:52
What's the wrong with you Nanoreview team! Dimensity 1200's antutu score is 730k in 12GB ram variants of realme x7 max.In 8gb ram it’s antutu score is 695k+.Then why did you demonstrate its score around 677k?
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Kit 30 August 2022 15:44
Ye my 1100 poco X3 GT can hit 692K with performance mode sometimes too... But what's shown is the average for all users.
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Tech guru 16 May 2022 15:12
What is this Nano review? Snapdragon 865's can't be lower than the dimensity 1200. It’s impossible. Check practicality.
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Master 13 April 2022 01:16
#Nanoreview, Why are you decreasing snapdragon 865's gaming performance score? Have you ever tested it? Have you noticed any difference between 865 and 870? I think the #Nanoreview team does not have proper knowledge about the chipset.
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Tech guru 26 April 2022 23:06
I think they didn’t test properly. And they don’t know Adreno 650 is far better than mali g77 mc9
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Master 16 March 2022 17:59
#nanoreview, you should test 3d wildlife test again in dimensity 1200 as it scores 4600 in my realme x7 max(8/128)
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Master 17 February 2022 23:54
Snapdragon 865's gaming performance is obviously better than dimensity 1200. I can surely say that from my heavy tests between Mi 10T & Realme X7 max. Its score should be around 74-75.
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Unknown 21 February 2022 16:16
Any device from realme is trash in performance
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Master 05 March 2022 14:23
Unknown, I think you are wrong because realme devices provide good performance.
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sugoma 20 April 2022 10:50
Unknown, Do you mean every chipset that MediaTek release is trash?
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sugoma 20 April 2022 10:51
Unknown, The realme gt 5g performs like a Chad and doesn't even throttle the snapdragon 888.
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Guest 22 January 2022 15:24
Does MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and OnePlus Nord 2 5G support WiFi 6E (6 GHz), as it's a future-proof WiFi band and faster than its predecessor WiFi 6?
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Master 08 December 2021 07:44
Relax, guys! They (nanoreview) compare chipsets only on the basis of benchmark scores. They do not believe in real-life performance or specifications.
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Unknown 19 February 2022 06:27
Yeah, I can't believe any compare with realme devices, because heat and not stable in high performance.
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Master 20 November 2021 16:24
Finally, loses all hope. #Nanoreview, Always supported your results. But you are showing wrong results now which is disappointing.
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Master 06 November 2021 04:54
Hello, Nanoreview, I have a suggestion for you. You can add cpu throttling test result when comparing chipsets. It will help people to know the actual and long time cpu performance.
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sugoma 20 April 2022 10:52
Yes please, add the throttle and temperatures when comparing them. It would be a good comparison and also add 3d mark scores with temperatures.
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Memd 04 July 2022 06:14
King of throttling is realme, heat and bad cooling system and no stable software
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Master 06 November 2021 04:51
Nanoreview, Snapdragon 865's gpu score has slightly increased in antutu latest version.The latest scores on my phones are given below- Mi 10T 5g-------------->~245,000 Mi 10T pro 5g-------->~242,000 Oneplus 8-------------->~251,000 Oneplus 8T------------>~229,000 For further inquiry, you can check it on your phones.
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Master 20 October 2021 22:41
Nanoreview, I have been working with a lot of chipsets on my phones. Plz, read the full article. I have been testing sd 865 and dimensity 1200 for more than 50 days on my 5 phones. sd 865(MI 10T,Oneplus 8T, redmi k30 pro zoom) & dimensity 1200(redmi k40 gaming, realme x7 max).I removed oneplus nord 2 as it's single core performance is very low(800-850) and it’s dimensity 1200 Al. I not only believe on benchmark scores but also believe on real life performance. From my heavy tests, I can say one thing. Sd 865 and dimensity 1200 provides almost same fps.There is not a huge difference. But when it’s about graphics quality sd 865 is clear winner providing far better graphics quality in highest settings. Playing heavy games continuously more than 3-4 hours, dimensity 1200 starts frame dropping (60fps to 50fps) but sd 865 remains very stable(90fps to 87fps.60fps to 58 fps). I have submitted cpu result. Today I have submitted my gaming performance between dimensity 1200 and sd 865. In terms of gaming, sd 865 is clear winner.I didn’t understand why you put it behind dimensity 1200 im terms of gaming. I found no difference in gaming among sd 865,865+ and 870 on my Mi 10T,Rog 3,Mi 11X. Literally,0% difference in gaming performance. My final verdict, in term of gaming I would score 870----->76 865+--->76~75 865----->73 1200--->70 You can test and check it on your phones and kindly submit my result.
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Master 19 October 2021 21:51
Nanoreview,I have tried dimensity 1200 geek bench 5 more than 100 times in my two device.my final result is single core 950 and multicore is 3000-3100. I have tried geekbench 5 many times in Snapdragon 865.my result is single core 910-930,multicore 3350-3500 Plz submit that result.
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Sergey 20 October 2021 11:04
The results updated. Thank you for info.
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Bigboy 06 October 2021 02:41
Both also good , heating issue just depend on phone manufacturer heatsink design.
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Mynus 03 October 2021 07:49
I think NanoReview did the right thing about gaming and GPU Performance Because in real test like Genshin Impact or 3D Mark, the DM1200 shows 5-10% better FPS on both Average and Min-Max and up to 15-25% better score on 3D Mark On stress test, due to its extra high performance core, DM1200 will have its unstablity more than its predecesor, DM1100 On the other hands, DM1100 has pretty good stablity up to 99.2% on 3D Mark stress test And both DM1100 and 1200 has the same GPU so i think on raw GM perf : 1200>1100>865 On hardcore long-time GM : 1100>1200=865(or 1200>865)
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Master 28 September 2021 06:03
Let me clear everything between sd 865 and dimensity 1200. In terms of cpu,dimensity 1200 has better core with better clock speed(A-78 3.00 GHz) But snapdragon 865 has better stability and optimization as they provide better architecture. Kriyo *85(485,585 etc) are as powerful as next generation arm cortex such as cortex A-77 with kryo 585 is as powerful as normal cortex A-78. That's why sd 865 provides slightly better cpu performance than dimensity 1200. In terms of gpu snapdragon 865 has adreno 650(587mhz) and dimensity 1200 has mali g77 mc9(886mhz) gpu.Adreno 650 is a dual core gpu and it is a super powerful renderer.It can easily handle heaviest games and graphics related activities. Mali g77 mc9 is a 9 core gpu.It is also a powerful gpu but far behind than adreno 650.adreno 650 is a top class gpu where mali g77 mc9 can be called a middle gpu.It has to struggle a lot at the time of doing heavy rendering or playing high graphics games.But with the combination of arm cortex A-78 cpu it's performance boosts a lot. Final verdict: In terms of cpu sd 865 is slightly better In terms of gpu sd 865 is better
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... 27 October 2021 03:47
Mediatek really have a poor optimization or I would say phone brands, their cpu and gpu really have some potential
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Realme x7 max 28 September 2021 05:34
My multi core score never crossed 3100 in dimensity 1200😢
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Realme 03 October 2021 22:02
Try on high performance mode + launch geek bench from game space i got 3200+
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Honest reviewer 21 September 2021 10:19
I think nanoreview swapped the gpu performance between dm 1200 and sd 865 as 865 is better in terms of gpu.
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Mi 10T 17 September 2021 20:58
Nanoreview should show Antutu version 9. Because, sd 865 and dimensity 1200's antutu 9 results are almost same
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Wazz 04 September 2021 09:21
All issues that ppl are talking about here could be due to firmware/drivers not being fully ironed because of hardware being so new. I am sure that things are getting sorted out already and D1200 is going to reach its full potential in few months when apps and games optimise as well as firmware.
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Deng Frosch 25 July 2021 06:31
The Mediatek Dimensity 1200 is unstable and the benchmarks are disappointing. It is easily bested in benchmarks by 4 generations of Qualcomm processors including the powerful 888, 870, 865+ and the 865. You have to go years back to the 855 to find a Qualcomm processor less powerful than the Dimensity 1200. More troubling is the system instability created by Mediatek overclocking the 1200 in an attempt to hide the weakness of their processor. Mediatek processors are fine for budget phones but tech savvy customers demand a powerful Qualcomm processor
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PeeCee 12 August 2021 12:40
Well, I think you're right to some extent. On paper, the Dimensity 1200 should have outscored Snapdragon 865/865+/870 in CPU test because not only it is made of a 6nm node, compared to 7nm node of SD 865/870 but also utilises the newer, faster cortex a78 @ 3.0 Ghz. However, in the CPU test, the DM 1200 sometimes scores lower than SD 865/870 in both the single and multi-core test. Besides, being the flagship of Mediatek processor, DM 1200 should be equipped with Mali G78 GPU, with at least 10-12 cores, which will hugely improve the performance in turn, instead of the Mali G77 GPU. Ideally, Mediatek should have made DM 1200 composing of 2 x cortex a78 @ 3.15 Ghz + 2 x cortex a78 @ 2.6 Ghz + 4 x cortex a55 @ 2.2 Ghz with Mali G78 MP12 GPU, made, if possibly, of 5nm node, which would make it very competitive even with the SD 888, not to mention SD 965/870
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Wazz 04 September 2021 09:11
PeeCee, Are you expert from the industry?
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Naval128 28 September 2021 14:55
PeeCee, I feel like the choice of GPU is to reduce the cost of the chip. You have to remember that it's an upper midrange SoC, not really a flagship SoC.
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Ganesh 24 July 2021 14:41
Sd series lack consistency management, it can give u good performance upto 6 monts but after that it is so laggy. But in mdk consistency management is very good. U can get it upto 1 year at least. I have used sd before now i am using mdk and i am feeling the difference.
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Subarna 02 July 2021 12:58
Mediatek need to develop GPU , gaming performance is low
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Sans 29 July 2021 02:27
Nah GPU is fine (not much) it's higher clock along with more execution units will give almost the same performance as 650 the main problem is ram it uses lpddr4x.
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Mark 25 June 2021 13:12
I hope MediaTek focused to lower ther power efficiency core clock at 2.0 GHz to 1.8GHz -1.9 To be better in overall performance in battery life experience to all mtk user
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Nick 01 June 2021 02:51
i think Mediatek will be better in terms of temperature than Qualcomm com
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Wews 16 June 2021 13:15
nope, qualcomm has better cores than dimensity
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Wews 19 July 2021 13:10
i mean qualcomm is better in heat management
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Kumar 21 July 2021 20:35
No mediatek is not optimised well there will be heating issues
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dhruv 31 May 2021 11:51
the dimensity 1200 will be a good chipset for gaming, really looking forward to using this in a phone
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Didi 10 August 2021 18:22
Der Chipsatz ist rasend schnell ich bin sehr begeistert habe es getestet beim Oneplus Nord 2.
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Atharv Shah 31 May 2021 11:49
Mediatek has a come a long way especially in the very recent months with the Dimensity chipsets
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Ishaan Bakshi 31 May 2021 11:47
Dimensity 1200 is pretty impressive in terms of its specs and scores
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matteo 22 April 2021 00:11
can u update this using realme gt neo plz?
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MMM 08 April 2021 12:29
overall evolution of dimensity will put him in between SD860 and SD865 but dimensity would be better than them due to its price
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braw braw 07 April 2021 08:08
if you ask me i go with the snapdragon 865 no doubt
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Akingbade Omosebi 31 March 2021 08:57
Mediatek Dimensity 1200 is definitely giving the Snapdragon processor a run for its money
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User 27 March 2021 13:28
Amazing , very nice mediatek is beating snapdragon
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Technical support 05 April 2021 18:45
Sure, Mediatek better on spec sheet but the Snapdragon real world performance much better.
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Ainrifter 30 April 2021 20:07
Technical support, Price difference is huge so that's expected. Dimensity has higher price to performance ratio
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Wews 25 May 2021 12:49
Ainrifter, nah, mediatek is useless bc they dont optimize their chipset properly and it has overheating issue
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Sourav 12 July 2021 07:19
Wews, Really😂i am using g95 no heating issue,
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Swew 24 August 2021 16:31
Wews, Nah 1200 has better cortex, has better clock speed , better architecture arguably better GPU And being in lower price I have used a lot of devices(sold and bought) 855+(X2pro) heats like crazy after a hour rushed gaming 750g(mi10i)bad ram management and heats while opening many apps Dimensity 800u (narzo 30pro)gaming performance is not the best but remains a stable temperature while rushed gaming for long but also it heats up randomly sometimes Kirin 810(9x pro) despite lacking Google apps it was the best and most stable and in its price Right now I am using 860(x3pro) Despite the processor name it still can't beat 855+ , it is almost the same as 855+ in gaming but worse , Game remains stable and suddenly some random frame spike and then remain stable again And now I am planning to sell it and persue Poco f3 gaming edition
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Elielson Cunha 08 February 2021 01:00
I don't understand how a 6nm SOCT appears less energy efficient than a 7nm predecessor chip, so logical the smaller the chip, the more energy efficiency it has
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ally jane 12 February 2021 13:16
dude their architecture sucks at power consumption and their clock speed on their cortex a77 and the cortex a55 is higher than the sd 865
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Josh Carrot 16 March 2021 13:35
ally jane , Well yeah, and higher clocks.
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Floppa 18 April 2021 22:04
Have you ever heard about AMD Ryzen 7nm struggle against 14nm Intel CPUs? It's been on for quite a while.
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roborobo 30 April 2021 02:53
Floppa, dang. u high on weed or somethin man? it must be hard for you man. that shintel still offer 14nm+++++++ till forever. soon amd gonna go to 6nm node . i can smell a company filing for bankrupcy soon.
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Ploffa 29 May 2021 15:59
Floppa, Have you heard Apple Ditched Intel ? Because of what? Overheatissue on mobile ultrabook? Uh sorry ultrabook need high efficiency and low heat signature.
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yourmomsucc 25 August 2021 18:50
roborobo, well at least they moved to 10nm
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SEL 07 November 2021 17:26
Floppa, RYZEN is much more powerful than Intel CPUs. intel makes outdated cpus at huge price that is too just on name of company.
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Altaf 20 January 2021 13:40
Finally Mediatek is catching up Snapdragon. We want competition like AMD and Intel. Hope Mediatek focus more on battery life. Great!
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nonenone 23 February 2021 14:45
Nope i guess, mediatek was compared in between 1yr 1½yr kinda like how 855
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Josh Carrot 16 March 2021 13:41
The SD 870 is better. Yes they are catching up. No Intel is not competition until Pat starts doing stuff. Yes I too hope they catch up and games start to be more optimized and more phones will use not only SD/ maybe Exynos (or Apple's chips I guess). No that won't happen tomorrow. But to be fair, it's ~5% behind the 870 and around 14% behind the 888. We can wait for the 870+/888+ and see how those do.
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Kan 13 May 2021 21:10
nonenone, from stats it looks like Dim1200 is better than 855 and 860....quite close to 865
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Wews 25 May 2021 12:52
Josh Carrot, i think thees no sd 870+. Bc sd 870 is the maximum, clocked at 3.2ghz
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