Snapdragon 865 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with Adreno 650 graphics) and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Adreno 730). 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 8 Gen 1
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 7 nm)
  • Performs 82% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 60%) AnTuTu 9 score – 1045K vs 651K
  • Supports 50% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~39%)
  • Announced 2-years later
  • 6% higher CPU clock speed (3000 vs 2840 MHz)
  • 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
1045843
CPU 179581 249768
GPU 217033 448381
Memory 117282 172528
UX 135531 166045
Total score 651623 1045843

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 -
Face detection 26.1 images/s -
Speech recognition 49.6 words/s -
Machine learning 50 images/s -
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s -
HTML 5 3.25 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 880 Krows/s -

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 99% 65%
Graphics test 25 FPS 55 FPS
Score 4241 9332

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
88 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 61 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 30 FPS
[Ultra]
42 FPS
[Ultra]
Shadowgun Legends - 89 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
114 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 60 FPS
[Ultra]
40 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
1080 x 2340
Xiaomi Poco F4 GT
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 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

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-X2
3x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A710
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A510
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 3000 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv9-A
L1 cache 128 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 4 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion -
TDP 10 W -

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Adreno 730
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 700
GPU frequency 587 MHz 818 MHz
Execution units 2 3
Shading units 512 768
FLOPS 1228 Gigaflops 2236 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 3200 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 51.2 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 24 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

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

Connectivity

Modem X55 Snapdragon X65
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 2500 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps 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, SBAS, NAVIC

Info

Announced December 2019 December 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB SM8450
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 865, or ask any questions
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Brandon 03 June 2022 03:23
I have the s20 ultra with 12 g ram. I just ordered an s22 ultra I got the 128gb because I do not use a lot of memory on the phone. I didn't realize when ordering that 128 gb s22 only has 8 gb of ram. With the better processor and dropping to 8 gb of ram will I notice a difference or will the better processor make up for it. Should I return the 128gb s22 and get the 256 with the 12 gb of ram?
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Zaki 15 July 2022 17:12
Sure the 8 Gen 1 processor is newer with more features and power, but that doesn't add much to the RAM experience...imagine your RAM is like a drown for open apps, the more RAM you have the bigger the draw (you can have more apps open in the background). I think 8GB of RAM should be fine from my own experience. It keeps a lot of apps open in the background and I don't think you will ever really utilize the 4GB of RAM difference unless you are such a heavy user that you want to keep like 10 apps open in the background at all times. So overall I would say that 8GB is a good amount and I wouldn't think you will notice the difference.
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Phil G 23 March 2022 20:46
Lol "prefer 865 over Gen 1" ????? Are you kidding me? Gen 1 blows it out of the water. Temp is a nonissue, especially with new cooling tech S22 ultra uses. And look at the benchmarks again....battery life is BETTER on Gen 1. Enjoy your outdated phone. Lol
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Wews 07 July 2022 09:09
ofc s22u have better battery life bcos of LTPO 2.0 panel. If it doesn't have LTPO then it will have worse battery life than s20u. And sd 865 runs cooler in daily tasks. If those power-hungry Cortex X series didn't exist then we will have no heating issues.
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Qualcomm thick boy 21 July 2022 22:13
Sorry to disappoint you Qualcomm enthusiast, but the snapdragon 8 Gen 1 failed to control all that power due to a bad manufacturing process from Samsung foundry instead of TSMC.. 😫😫 in other words, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was the hottest boy in town
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eFeMeR 01 January 2022 15:15
The 8 Gen is a boiler In the long run, warming leads to failure.
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donut 21 February 2022 17:04
can you elaborate please?
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Surge 25 February 2022 17:54
donut, Overheating issues is what Efemer is referring to.
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Goofy365-1 02 March 2022 11:40
I agree, they need to work on a better cooling solution, however, the smaller nm (4nm) does help a little bit, I'd prefer the SD865 (7nm) over the SD8 gen 1 and even the SD888(+) due to the power conservation and better cooling. I really don't like the idea of fans in phones which happen in some cases, (ROG phones) that'll cost more battery and is prone to breakage in the long run. Also having a lower resolution really helps the performance. With my current setup (A SD865 OnePlus 8T with LineageOS and no GSF on it, and exclusively light FOSS apps) I have a screen-on time (without in-between charging) of about 11-12 hours at roughly 80%-85% AMOLED brightness.
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