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 (~36%)
  • Supports 29% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 34.1 GB/s)
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Exynos 990
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Exynos
  • Shows better (up to 9%) AnTuTu 9 score – 650K vs 597K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
597596
650359
CPU 159236 182306
GPU 234975 221718
Memory 111280 106409
UX 94560 144212
Total score 597596 650359

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
2709
3417
Image compression 147.8 Mpixels/s 173.2 Mpixels/s
Face detection 25 images/s 25.2 images/s
Speech recognition 50.9 words/s 52.6 words/s
Machine learning 54.6 images/s 55.8 images/s
Camera shooting 21.7 images/s 29.5 images/s
HTML 5 2.61 Mnodes/s 2.95 Mnodes/s
SQLite 836.4 Krows/s 997.7 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
3770
3865
Stability 54% 91%
Graphics test 22 FPS 23 FPS
Score 3770 3865

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 192 KB 128 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 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 650
Architecture Valhall Adreno 600
GPU frequency 800 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 34.1 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

Connectivity

Modem Exynos 5123 X55
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 3000 Mbps Up to 2500 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, NAVIC

Info

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

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990, or ask any questions
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sumtih 24 April 2022 07:34
why Samsung is not learning, either they have to improve else snapdragon. AFFORD snapdragon if overpriced that's it...!!!!
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Xavier 17 April 2022 16:59
I don't mind using an Exynos variant, but Samsung needs to make sure that the Exynos variant doesn't differ much from the Snapdragon variant.
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Wews 27 January 2022 06:52
well, the overclocked sd 865 gpu which has 940mhz, just makes exynos cry
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Spoon 02 January 2022 06:33
Exynos990 overheating when doing just simple tasks like shooting photo/ video and show twitch animation when using Google Maps. with higher CPU core clock massive 12gnb ram. Why?
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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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Faris 14 September 2021 15:45
Lol, Snapdragon 888 is a stove heater.
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Wews 27 January 2022 06:47
Faris, but Exynos 2100 still throttles so hard and heats more than sd 888
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Annonomous 08 May 2022 08:57
Wews, Nope, exynos 2100 in fact 2200 are much more stable and thermal friendly than 888 and 8 gen 1
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Wews 13 June 2022 10:41
Annonomous, ofc samsung is gonna do anything to make Sd 888 and 8 gen 1 look inferior in perf/watt than exynos 2100 and 2200. But in reality Snapdragon is always ahead Exynos. Though snapdragon heats more, its just only 2-3 degrees higher and has more perf/watt than exynos
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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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Vaju 19 November 2021 07:33
Same here S20 heats up alot
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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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nori 06 January 2022 18:09
Ori, it is gonna be crap as always.
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