Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has a Face-Melting GPU

While most high-end Android phones currently sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600, there's another chip announced earlier this year waiting to hit the scene: the Snapdragon 800. Now, the first benchmarks of that new chip are in—and its GPU promises to smoke the competition.

AnandTech has a raft of numbers comparing the Snapdragon 800's CPU and GPU to chips like the Snapdragon 600, Apple's A6 and A6X, and the Exynos 5 Dual and Octa, which have been neatly complied by Ars Technica. What they make clear is that, while the chip's CPU is only a modest upgrade over the 600, its GPU is going to blow you away. First, the CPU scores:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has a Face-Melting GPU

The Snapdragon 8000 almost manages to keep pace with the Tegra 4, though never manages to beat it. Look at the GPU scores, though, and it's quite a different story:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has a Face-Melting GPU

Here, the 800 smokes both the Tegra 4 and the A6X—impressive given Tegra 4 tablets are yet to land and Apple is usually ahead the game in terms of graphics. The only thing to ponder here—other than the huge promise such GPU performance offers—is power consumption. Qualcomm claims it'll be on par with the 600, but it's worth being a little skeptical about that claim—at least until devices start shipping. [Anandtech via Ars Technica]

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