Exynos 990 vs Snapdragon 865

We compared two 8-core processors: Samsung Exynos 990 (with Mali-G77 MP11 graphics) and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (Adreno 650). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


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/Vulkan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Samsung Exynos 990
  • Higher GPU frequency (~36%)
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Exynos 990


Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 10

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 208351 232044
GPU 236114 198128
Memory 139177 130839
UX 164629 182486
Total score 749338 743719

GeekBench 6

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Asset compression 126.3 MB/sec 150.9 MB/sec
HTML 5 Browser 68.4 pages/sec 84.1 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 90.2 Mpixels/sec 109.4 Mpixels/sec
Image detection 60.6 images/sec 74.7 images/sec
HDR 88.9 Mpixels/sec 102.4 Mpixels/sec
Background blur 9.95 images/sec 10.4 images/sec
Photo processing 21 images/sec 32.6 images/sec
Ray tracing 3.37 Mpixels/sec 4.19 Mpixels/sec
Compute Score (GPU)
Exynos 990 +75%


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 60% 99%
Graphics test 22 FPS 27 FPS
Score 3787 4562


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 60 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile - 61 FPS
Fortnite - 30 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz - 60 FPS
Genshin Impact - 60 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 59 FPS
Device - Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
1080 x 2340
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865


Architecture 2x 2.73 GHz – Exynos M5
2x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
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)
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2730 MHz 2840 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 192 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L3 cache 2 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 10.3 billion
TDP 9 W 5 W
Manufacturing Samsung TSMC


GPU name Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 650
Architecture Valhall 1st gen Adreno 600
GPU frequency 800 MHz 587 MHz
Execution units 11 2
Shading units 64 512
Total shaders 704 1024
FLOPS 1126 Gigaflops 1202.1 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.3 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version - 12.1


Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 2750 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 44 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Hexagon 698
Storage type UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2400 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 108MP, 2x 25MP 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS
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


Modem Exynos 5123 X55
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 22
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 7350 Mbps Up to 7500 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 3670 Mbps Up to 3000 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC


Announced October 2019 December 2019
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number S5E9830 SM8250-AB
Official page Samsung Exynos 990 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
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Total votes: 6105


Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990, or ask any questions
Wews 27 January 2022 06:52
well, the overclocked sd 865 gpu which has 940mhz, just makes exynos cry
+45 Reply
The NiGhTsHoT 17 July 2023 09:07
670MHz. And no. It's about as fast. But runs way cooler. Mali G77 MP11 at 800MHz runs hot and throttles extremely fast.
+6 Reply
Dene Barntt 10 March 2021 05:05
Just purchased my note 20 ultra, went to the trouble of tracking down the snapdragon varient. Samsung need to get it right. Luv their flag ship phones, do not necessarily like inferior processors in these hand sets . Was kind of hoping for Huawei to really innovate past Samsung. The note with integral pen pretty hard to beat though. Samsung need to get the exynos processors performing or do something different with the processors that they offer up.
+9 Reply
Bobby 10 December 2020 09:54
Bought Snapdragon variant from Korea to the UK simply because of this performance difference... Now that I have them both I can tell you that in Geekbench, the Exynos is So much faster in Open CL an Vulkan performance.... In VRMARK it scores higher than my snapdragon 865+ albeit slightly and the same for 3dmark... it actually scores the same if not higher than the snapdragon! Now 3d mark stress test is another thing.... I set both note 20 ultra and the exynos throttled hard to 8 or 9 fps after just 12 minutes in the 20 minute stress test... But the Snapdragon is still running a solid 27-29fps! It didn't throttle one bit!
+70 Reply
Bob sheruncle 24 August 2020 23:51
When will Samsung treat UK citizens to Snapdragon processors for the same price? I won't buy a Samsung until they deliver Snapdragon in UK phones.
+101 Reply
Kaushik 16 September 2020 14:58
Agree.. Samsung makes fool of is giving an inferior Exynos chip at the same price of a Snapdragon version!! Not going to buy if they don't change this policy for UK and most of the Asian Countries.
+80 Reply
Ori 17 November 2020 17:42
The next exynos will be better
+72 Reply
nori 06 January 2022 18:09
Ori, it is gonna be crap as always.
+12 Reply