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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.

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 Samsung Exynos 990
  • Higher GPU frequency (~45%)
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Exynos
  • Shows better (up to 12%) AnTuTu 8 score – 600K vs 534K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
534671
600359
CPU 152105 182344
GPU 218710 220987
Memory 80184 102933
UX 73155 88593
Total score 534671 600359

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
2754
3509
Image compression 148.8 Mpixels/s 164.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 20.4 images/s 26.1 images/s
Speech recognition 50.7 words/s 49.6 words/s
Machine learning 55.4 images/s 50 images/s
Camera shooting 27.5 images/s 29.5 images/s
HTML 5 1.61 Mnodes/s 3.25 Mnodes/s
SQLite 813.1 Krows/s 880 Krows/s

Gaming

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

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865

CPU

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 - 512 KB
L2 cache - 1 MB
L3 cache - 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
TDP 9 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 650
Architecture Valhall Adreno 600
GPU frequency 850 MHz 587 MHz
Execution units 11 2
Shading units 176 512
FLOPS 1196 Gigaflops 1228 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 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 3.0 UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 4096 x 2160 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
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 Exynos 5123 X55
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 3000 Mbps Up to 2000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 422 Mbps Up to 316 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS

Info

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

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
722 (26.1%)
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Total votes: 2765

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990, or ask any questions
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Douglas 26 March 2021 17:25
Samsung think the Asian people is foolish but samsung is foolish and stupid. Snapdragon is The Best in the world.
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Antony 19 March 2021 10:45
I had S20 FE 4G with Exynos 990 and it was lagging, and heating too much, before that I had Note10+ with Exynos 9825 which was great. I have changed S20 FE with 5G version (Snapdragon 865) and it is much better, no more lagging and heating. Also battery last longer. Lagging was when i played Call of Duty. But heating occurred even in regular use.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Ori 17 November 2020 17:42
The next exynos will be better
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