Samsung Exynos 990 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

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Samsung Exynos 990 CPU1 vs CPU2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

CPU comparison

Samsung Exynos 990 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Samsung Exynos 990 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.73 GHz. Up to 12 GB of memory is supported in 4 memory channels. The Samsung Exynos 990 was released in Q1/2020.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.84 GHz. The CPU supports up to 16 GB of memory in 4 memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 was released in Q4/2018.
Samsung Exynos (47) Family Qualcomm Snapdragon (104)
Samsung Exynos 990 (1) CPU group Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/860 (3)
4 Generation 6
Exynos M5/Cortex-A76/-A55 Architecture Kryo 485
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Samsung Exynos 990 is a 8 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.73 GHz. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has 8 CPU cores with a clock frequency of 2.84 GHz.

Samsung Exynos 990 Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8 Cores 8
8 Threads 8
hybrid (Prime / big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (Prime / big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
2.73 GHz
2x Exynos M5
A-Core 2.84 GHz
1x Kryo 485 Prime
2.50 GHz
2x Cortex-A76
B-Core 2.42 GHz
3x Kryo 485 Gold
2.00 GHz
4x Cortex-A55
C-Core 1.80 GHz
4x Kryo 485 Silver

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Samsung Exynos 990 Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung AI engine AI hardware Qualcomm AI engine
2 NPU cores @ 15 TOPS AI specifications Hexagon 690 @ 7 TOPS
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for the pure image output on the system, but can also significantly increase the efficiency of the system with the support of modern video codecs.

ARM Mali-G77 MP11 GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
0.80 GHz GPU frequency 0.25 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) 0.59 GHz
Vallhall 1 GPU Generation 5
7 nm Technology 7 nm
1 Max. displays 1
11 Compute units 4
176 Shader 384
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
4 GB Max. GPU Memory 4 GB
12 DirectX Version 12.0

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

ARM Mali-G77 MP11 GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC No
Decode / Encode Codec VC-1 No
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

The Samsung Exynos 990 supports a maximum of 12 GB of memory in 4 memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 can connect up to 16 GB of memory in 4 memory channels.

Samsung Exynos 990 Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
LPDDR5-2750 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
12 GB Max. Memory 16 GB
4 (Quad Channel) Memory channels 4 (Quad Channel)
-- Max. Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
No ECC No
1.50 MB L2 Cache 1.75 MB
2.00 MB L3 Cache 2.00 MB
-- PCIe version --
-- PCIe lanes --
-- PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The TDP (Thermal Design Power) of a processor specifies the required cooling solution. The Samsung Exynos 990 has a TDP of --, that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is --.

Samsung Exynos 990 Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
-- TDP (PL1 / PBP) --
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Samsung Exynos 990 has a 3.50 MB cache, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 cache has a total of 3.75 MB.

Samsung Exynos 990 Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
7 nm Technology 7 nm
Unknown Chip design Chiplet
Armv8-A (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) Armv8-A (64 bit)
-- ISA extensions --
-- Socket --
None Virtualization None
No AES-NI No
Android Operating systems Android
Q1/2020 Release date Q4/2018
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Samsung Exynos 990 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (81%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Samsung Exynos 990 (98%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (92%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
923 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
724 (78%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
2779 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
2578 (93%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
1144 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
960 (84%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
2645 (94%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
2819 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
ARM Mali-G77 MP11 @ 0.80 GHz
1126 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Adreno 640 @ 0.59 GHz
899 (80%)

AnTuTu 8 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
510697 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
432560 (85%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
5511 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
4527 (82%)

AI performance (NPU)

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is given here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher.

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
15 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
7 (47%)

Devices using this processor

Samsung Exynos 990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
Sony Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 5
Xiaomi Mi 9
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

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