MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus vs Dimensity 9000 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Specifications & Benchmarks Compared


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Last month, Qualcomm announced its mid-cycle refresh of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Breaking from the traditional fractional improvement with CPU / GPU frequencies, Qualcomm made the dramatic move of shifting fabrication processes. The result was a significant improvement in both performance and efficiency for the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

MediaTek has now announced its mid-cycle refresh, and it is far less exciting. However, in defense of MediaTek, they did not need to change much; they were already using the superior TSMC fabrication process. Therefore, the MediaTek Dimension 9000+ does not change things much, but any improvement is always welcome.

MediaTek Dimension 9000 Plus vs Dimensity 9000 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Specification Compared

Chipset MediaTek Dimension 9000 Pro MediaTek Dimension 9000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Process TSMC 4NM TSMC 4NM TSMC 4NM
CPU 1 x Arm Coretex-X2 @ 3.2Ghz
3 x Arm Coretex-A710 @ 2.85Ghz
4 x Arm Cortex-A510
5% performance boost
1 x Arm Coretex-X2 @ 3.05Ghz
3 x Arm Coretex-A710 @ 2.85Ghz
4 x Arm Cortex-A510
1 x Arm Coretex-X2 @ 3.2Ghz
3 x Arm Coretex-A710 @ 2.8Ghz
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 @ 2.0Ghz
10% faster CPU performance (vs SD8 Gen 1)
30% more power-efficient (vs SD8 Gen 1)
GPU Arm Mali-G710
5% performance boost (250fps)
Arm Mali-G710
Manhattan3.0:> 235fpspeak
Adreno GPU
10% faster GPU clock speeds (vs SD8 Gen 1)
30% GPU power reduction (vs SD8 Gen 1)
Manhattan3.0: 276fps peak
AnTuTu 5% performance boost (1029000) > 980K
(8GB RAM + 128GB UFS)
1120235
vs 985115 on (vs SD8 Gen 1)

CPU & Fabrication Process

As you can see from the above table, hardly anything changes for MediaTek, just a 5% frequency improvement on a single core, which MediaTek claim also provides a 5% performance improvement.

In comparison, thanks to the shift to TSMC, Qualcomm were able to improve the frequencies for all their CPU cores:

  • The X2 core gets a 0.2Ghz increase which is 6.66% higher.
  • The middle three A710 cores get a 0.3Ghz improvement making the clock 12% higher
  • The A510 cores get a boost with 0.2Ghz, an improvement of 11.11%

GPU

Neither MediaTek nor Qualcomm have confirmed the frequencies for the GPUs but have stated performance improvements.

MediaTek has improved things by 5%, and Qualcomm again have managed to make significant improvements due to the fabrication change, gaining 10% performance and improved power efficiency.

Benchmarks

MediaTek has vaguely said that the MediaTek Dimension 9000 Plus has a 5% improvement on two separate benchmarks, Antutu and Manhattan 3.0.

The 5% performance improvements MediaTek claims should take the results up to:

  • Antutu: 1,029,000
  • Manhattan 3.0: 250 fps

In comparison, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is slightly better with:

  • Antutu: 1,120,235
  • Manhattan 3.0: 276 fps

Which would give Qualcomm roughly a 10% lead of MediaTek. While that is not insignificant, I think both chipsets are so powerful that there will be little to no perceived difference in real-world scenarios.

Overall

Over the past few years, I have been quite critical of these mid-cycle refreshes, and this can easily be said here, with a 5% increase in CPU frequency on a single CPU core plus an unknown 5% improvement on the GPU.

While I haven’t used a MediaTek Dimension 9000 phone yet, by all accounts, it is a superior chipset to the Samsung fabricated Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. MediaTek didn’t really need to improve much.

What is interesting is how Qualcomm’s shift from Samsung to TSMC could possibly rebalance things back in favor of Qualcomm. This mid-cycle refresh is massive, with claims of a 10% improvement in performance but also a 30% improvement in efficiency.

Looking at the claimed benchmark numbers, then the MediaTek Dimension 9000 Plus and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 are going to be very evenly matched. There is a slight edge for Qualcomm, but small enough that it is not bothering about. I’d say power efficiency is more important at this point, and there is no real-world data on how the two chipsets will compare yet.

The main issue with MediaTek is the lack of devices that use their chipsets in the west. We have seen the superb Realme GT Neo 3 running the Dimensity 8100but there is no word on any phone launching in the UK / EU running the Dimensity 9000 or 9000 Plus.


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