MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ vs Apple A16 and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Posted by Stefan on 2022-09-22, Last updated:

With the Dimensity 9000+, Mediatek presents the latest of its smartphone chips. The successor to the Mediatek Dimensity 9000 achieves higher CPU and GPU clock frequencies thanks to better binning. The CPU clock of the prime core (A core) increases from 3.0 to 3.2 GHz. And the ARM Mali-G710 MP10 GPU can now clock at 0.9 GHz (previously 0.85 GHz).

Both are a good improvement over the Dimensity 9000 in theory but the increase in performance should not usually be noticeable in practice. In the end, the overall performance of the Mediatek Dimensity 9000+ is impressive: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is beaten in Geekbench 5 in both the single-core and multi-core benchmarks.

And even Apple's newest SoC (Apple A16 Bionic) is not far away in the multi-core benchmark. In the single-core benchmark, however, the Apple A16 Bionic still has a very comfortable lead.

Mediatek Dimensity 9000+Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1Apple A16 Bionic
A-Core1x Cortex-X2 @ 3.2 GHz1x Kryo Prime @ 3.2 GHz[/td ]2x Everest @ 3.46 GHz
B-Core3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.85 GHz3x Kryo Gold @ 2.75 GHz
C-Core4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.80 GHz4x Kryo Silver @ 2.0 GHz4x Sawtooth @ 2.02GHz
GPUARM Mali-G710 MP10Qualcomm Adreno 730Apple A16 (5 GPU cores)
GPU clock0.9 GHz0.9 GHz0.7 GHz
Max. MemoryLPDDR5X-7500LPDDR5-6400LPDDR5-6400
Memory bandwidth60 GB/s51.2 GB/s51.2 GB/s
Manufacturing4 nm4 nm4 nm
Geekbench 5 SC139113181890
Geekbench 5 MC470442195355

Comparison and memory

In comparison, it is noticeable that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is currently behind Mediatek's top model, especially in terms of memory connection. But that should change at the end of the year with the presentation of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

According to Mediatek, the LPDDR5X memory of the Mediatek Dimensity 9000+ should save up to 20 percent compared to normal LPDDR5 memory. With the new A16 Bionic, Apple supports LPDDR5-6400 for the first time, the predecessor had to make do with LPDDR4X-4266.

Competitive Manufacturing

What is particularly striking is that MediaTek, like Apple, can use the most modern manufacturing process with the TSMC N4 (4nm) production. Qualcomm also manufactures its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in 4 nm at TSMC.

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