We recently got our hands on three of the latest flagship smartphones – the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Galaxy S24 Ultra, and Vivo X100 Pro. These devices are powered by the most advanced smartphone chipsets available in the market today.
Let’s take a closer look at their specifications. The iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts the custom Apple A17 Pro chipset, featuring a hexa-core CPU clocked up to 3.77GHz and an all-new 6-core GPU architecture. Moving on to the Galaxy S24 Ultra, it is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (SD8G3) chipset, featuring a classic big.LITTLE octa-core configuration clocked up to 3.4GHz, and an Adreno 750 GPU. Finally, the Vivo X100 Pro runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 (D9300) chipset, with an unconventional ‘all big’ octa-core architecture clocked up to 3.25 GHz, consisting of 4 large cores and 4 mid cores. Its GPU, the Mali G720-Immortalis, boasts a 12-core configuration.
To gauge their performance, we conducted a head-to-head test, evaluating their CPU and GPU performance under identical conditions. We considered ambient temperature and device temperature to ensure a fair assessment. Geekbench 6 was employed for CPU performance, while the 3D Mark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test was used for GPU performance.
In the CPU performance test, the iPhone’s A17 Pro outshone the SD8G3 and D9300, showcasing a solid 30+% lead in single-core performance. However, in multi-core performance, the D9300 demonstrated performance on par with the A17 Pro, while the SD8G3 trailed by approximately 7%.
Shifting to the GPU performance test, both the SD8G3 and D9300 surpassed the A17 Pro in peak performance, signaling a robust competition for Apple. Notably, the iPhone exhibited the highest stability at 61.4%, around 10% higher than the other two chips.
Considering external temperatures, the Vivo/D9300 recorded the highest at 44-degrees Celsius, while both the SD8G3 and A17 Pro remained just below 40-degrees Celsius. The iPhone showcased improved stability, dispelling any concerns about the overheating issues faced at its launch.
In conclusion, these flagship smartphones deliver outstanding performance for both power users and regular consumers. The A17 Pro excels in CPU performance, while the SD8G3 and D9300 share the GPU performance honors. Additionally, the A17 Pro benefits from AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution upscaling, enhancing its gaming capabilities.
These tests underscore the capability of these chips, combined with their NPUs for machine learning acceleration, to handle more AI tasks on-device compared to chips that off-load tasks to the cloud. This emphasizes the significance of benchmarks in evaluating smartphone performance across various aspects.