Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 vs 8 Gen 2 vs 8s Gen 3: Pecking order | 91mobiles.com

In the era of mobile gaming, there is a constant need for high-performance Android handsets. And, for the most part, flagships powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 series chipsets have met this demand. It should be noted that Qualcomm offers different performance levels with its 8-series SoCs. In fact, not too long ago, the company Adds 8s Generation 3 to its portfolioThis leads us to compare the existing 8 Gen 2 and 8 Gen 3 SoCs. Well, let's see where the processors position themselves in the lineup.

Specifications

First, let's take a closer look at the key specifications of the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor. From its name, you can assume that it shares some similarities with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 platform. On that note, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor also uses the new Cortex X4 (Prime), Cortex A720 (Performance), and Cortex A520 (Efficiency) cores present on the 8 Gen 3 processor.

However, the core distribution is different in both the processors. Here, the 8 Generation 3 SoC trades an efficiency core for a performance core. Accordingly, the core distribution of each processor is as follows:

Processor Prime Core Performance Core Efficient Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Generation 3 1x Cortex X4 (3.30GHz) 3x A720 (3.20GHz) + 2x A720 (3.00GHz) 2x A520 (2.30 GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 1x Cortex X3 (3.19GHz) 2x A715 (2.80GHz) + 2x A710 (2.80GHz) 3x A510 (2.00 GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Generation 3 1x Cortex X4 (3.19GHz) 4x A720 (2.80GHz) 3x A520 (2.00 GHz)

Additionally, the 8s Gen 3's prime, performance, and efficiency cores are clocked lower at 3.19GHz, 2.8GHz, and 2.0GHz, respectively. The SoCs also have different GPUs; the 8s Gen 3 has the Adreno 735 GPU, and the 8 Gen 3 has the Adreno 750 GPU. Then, there's the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which has the same core distribution as the 8s Gen 3 processor (one prime, four performance, and three efficiency cores).

However, the 8 Gen 2 processors use older Cortex cores and include one prime Cortex-X3 core, two Cortex-A715 and A710 performance cores, and three Cortex-A510 cores. The spec sheet may seem overwhelming, so check out the handy table above for a quick overview of each processor's core distribution.

Based on the specifications, you can assume that the 8s Generation 3 processor is below the 8 Generation 3 processor in terms of performance. However, a lot of this still remains uncertain, so let's see how each processor performs in synthetic tests.

Standard

For the purpose of this article, we have used the following tools: Poco F6 ,Review) with Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor, OnePlus 12R ,Review) with Snapdragon 8 Zen 2 processor, and oneplus 12 ,Review) with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor.

Antutu

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6

Synthetic tests are not the end result of a smartphone's performance, but they can point us in the right direction. Let's start with Antutu, which tests a smartphone's CPU, GPU, storage, and memory. Here, the OnePlus 12 came out on top, scoring 1,738,936 points. The OnePlus12R and POCO F6 recorded 1,444,161 and 1,509,605 points, respectively. Interestingly, while the CPU and memory scores of each SoC were comparable to each other, the GPU scores were quite different, with the OnePlus 12 coming out on top, followed by the OnePlus 12R and POCO F6.

Geekbench 6

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6

We also tested each phone's prowess in Geekbench 6, which measures the single and multi-core performance of an SoC by subjecting it to a variety of workloads. Here, the OnePlus 12 once again took the lead and outputted 2,135 and 6,374 points. The POCO F6 and OnePlus 12R scored identical single-core scores and recorded 1,930 and 2,003 points respectively. However, the OnePlus 12R took a bigger lead in the multi-core run and outputted 5,356 points as against the F6's 5,017 points.

As per AnTuTu and Geekbench 6 scores, it is safe to say that the POCO F6's 8s Gen 3 SoC is on par with the 8 Gen 2-powered OnePlus 12R. Both phones feel equally fast to use on a daily basis, and it is difficult to find a clear winner from these benchmark figures. However, our next set of synthetic tests should highlight the differences a little better.

3dmark

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6

Next is the 3DMark Wildlife test, which tests the graphics performance of the phone. Here, all three contenders recorded maximum scores and were “too powerful” for the benchmark. As such, we decided to tax them with more demanding workloads. Solar Bay, for instance, measures the performance of smartphones when running the game with ray-traced graphics in three different scenarios. The workload for ray tracing increases with each scenario, so you'll notice decreasing FPS metrics for each section on all three phones.

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6

Not surprisingly, the OnePlus 12 took a commanding lead and recorded 8.002 points. The OnePlus 12R came in second with 5,320 points and the POCO F6 was far behind with 4,880 points. Notably, the OnePlus 12R achieved marginally better FPS in all three scenarios than the POCO F6.

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6

The Wild Life Extreme test is also quite tough as it renders frames in 4K resolution. Here, the OnePlus 12 once again took the lead and achieved 4,553 points and an average frame rate of 27.27FPS. The OnePlus 12R and POCO F6 lagged behind with 3,721 and 2,931 points respectively. Moreover, the frame rate on the smartphones remained stable at 22.28FPS and 17.56FPS.

stress test

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6

Finally, let's take a look at the 3DMark Solar Bay stress test, which measures sustained performance when running ray-traced games on an Android smartphone. The test concludes by showing the deviation between the best and worst loop scores and calculating system stability. Here, the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R had higher 'best loop' scores, although system stability was lower. This can be attributed to the more efficient cores of the 8s Gen 3 SoC, which also have lower clock speeds than their 8 Gen 3 counterparts.

Gaming Performance

Finally, let's take a closer look at the gaming performance of each smartphone. For this test, we ran Genshin Impact and CoD: Warzone for an extended period of time on all three smartphones. For graphics presets, Genshin Impact was run with all graphics settings set to 'High' except for the Environment Detail preset, which was set to 'Highest'. Note that motion blur was disabled during our test playthrough.

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6
OnePlus 12R

Here, the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R recorded a higher average FPS than the POCO F6 with 8s Gen 3. Most of the time, the game ran at a consistent 60FPS on the OnePlus duo. Although we did face some frame drops, the gameplay was much smoother than the F6, which would drop FPS to the low forties in areas with a lot of foliage and vegetation or when switching between characters and using abilities.

Less demanding games run equally well on all three phones. For instance, Grimvalor runs smoothly on all three devices and logs an average FPS of 120FPS, offering a seamless combat experience. Similarly, GTA: San Andreas also runs flawlessly on the phones. Note that the game is frame-locked at 30FPS, and all three processors can comfortably hit the target FPS during the test run.

Left to right: OnePlus 12, OnePlus 12R, POCO F6

Even light multiplayer games like CoD: Mobile run at 120FPS on all three of our contenders. With medium graphics settings, all three phones can achieve 120FPS in multiplayer game modes like Deathmatch and Frontline and 90FPS in Battle Royale mode. We played a few Frontline/Death Match games on all three smartphones and rarely saw FPS drop below the 118FPS mark, which is great. Note that the average FPS logged by each phone is lower as the frame rate dropped to 60FPS in the middle of the game.

Decision

After the synthetic and gaming tests, it is safe to conclude that the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 is a highly capable and efficient SoC with great CPU performance. Having said that, its GPU seems to lag behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and 8 Gen 3 SoCs. Needless to say, gamers looking to buy a new smartphone will still prefer the 8 Gen 2. However, even those on a tighter budget shouldn't find much to complain about with the 8s Gen 3 platform.

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