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Samsung’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 gets overclocked graphics

Several upcoming smartphones with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset have already passed the Geekbench benchmark tests. These include the Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra. Geekbench reported the following frequencies for the three clusters: 3.36 GHz for the prime core, 2.80 GHz for the performance cores and 2.02 GHz for the efficiency cores.

However, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will power various other cell phones, including the vivo X90 Pro and the iQOO 11. Geekbench tests are also known for these devices, but the prime core was always specified as 3.19 GHz. This is also the speed announced by Qualcomm – the exact specification is 3.1872 GHz. So where do the higher frequencies on Samsung phones come from?

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Geekbench tests: Samsung Galaxy S23 series, vivo X90 Pro+, iQOO 11

A few days ago, tipster Ice Universe said that the European versions of the Galaxy S23 series will use an “exclusive high-frequency version” of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The benchmarks that have emerged so far are from US models. However, Ice Universe confirmed again today that the prime cores actually clock at 3.36 GHz instead of 3.2 GHz. In addition, the GPUs on Samsung cell phones also gets a boost – from 680 MHz to 719 MHz.

Galaxy S23 Ultra rendering, vivo X90 Pro+

Qualcomm has occasionally released “AC” versions that run at higher clock speeds than the base chip. For example, the Snapdragon 855 has the model number SM8150, the SM8150-AC is the 855+. The Prime core thus increased from 2.84 GHz to 2.96 GHz. The 8 Gen 2 has the model code SM8550-AB, so the Samsung version could be the SM8550-AC. However, it is unlikely that it is already the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2. The Plus versions usually come around six months after the original processor.

According to official numbers from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 runs 35% faster than the previous 8 Gen 1. The GPU is 25% faster. Including overclocking, the difference should be even greater.


Achim Maier
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