At Snapdragon Summit 2023, Qualcomm unveiled its most powerful mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 with custom Kryo cores. To assess whether it can surpass Apple’s A-series chipset, we have compared the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 with the Apple A17 Pro, and we were surprised by the improvements on paper. Now, the chipmaker has released a number of benchmarks for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, including Geekbench, 3DMark, AnTuTu, GFXBench and more. So follow our guide below to learn how the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 performs.
The benchmark results come from Qualcomm. All testing was performed on Qualcomm’s Reference Design (QRD) device. Consumer phones from different OEMs may score slightly lower, depending on how well they are coordinated by companies.
In the Geekbench 6 test, which evaluates CPU performance, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scored 2,329 in the single-core test and a no less than 7,501 points in the multi-core test. This is the highest score any mobile chipset has achieved in multi-threaded tasks, even surpassing Apple’s A17 Pro chipset (Single: 2897 | Multi: 7261).
|Geekbank 6||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3|
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has broken all records in the AnTuTu benchmark test. It is a test designed to evaluate all the computing units in the chipset, including the CPU, GPU, memory performance and user experience. It crossed the 2 million mark in the AnTuTu benchmark test. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scored 2,139,281 in the AnTuTu test, which is even higher than the score of Dimensity 9300 (2,055,084), which has four Cortex-X4 cores and four Cortex-A720 cores.
|AnTuTu||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3|
The PCMark test is designed to measure the chipset’s performance on everyday tasks using various activities rather than complex algorithms. In the PCMark test, the Snapdragon 8 is Gen 3 scored 21,628 points.
To assess the powerful Adreno GPU on the 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm ran some 3DMark WildLife tests, and here are the results. In the standard 3DMark WildLife test, the SD8Gen3 scored one huge 19,114 points at 114 FPS.
In the more intensive 3DMark WildLife Extreme test, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scored 5338 points with an average frame rate of 32 FPS. For comparison, the Apple A17 Pro scored 4075 on the same GPU test. Finally, in the 3DMark Solar Bay benchmark test, which evaluates its ray-tracing capabilities, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scored 8547 points at 32 FPS. Once again, the Apple A17 Pro lags behind with a score of 6594 on the same test.
|3DMark GPU Tests||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3|
|3DMarkWildLife||19114 score / 114 FPS|
|3DMark WildLife Extreme||5338 score / 32 FPS|
|3DMark Solar Bay||8547 score / 32 FPS|
GFXBench is another benchmarking package that measures GPU performance. In the 1080p Aztec Ruins Vulkan test, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scored 241 FPSand in the 1440p Aztec Ruins Vulkan test it scored 96 FPS, and finally in the 1440p Aztec Ruins OpenGL test it scored 83 FPS.
|GFXBench Tests||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3|
|GFXBench Aztec Ruins Vulkan (Normal Layer) Offscreen (1080p)||241 FPS|
|GFXBench Aztec Ruins Vulkan (High Level) Offscreen (1440p)||96FPS|
|GFXBench Aztec ruins OpenGL (high-tier) off-screen (1440p)||83FPS|
AI benchmark tests
In the AITuTu test that evaluates the NPU’s performance, the Snapdragon 8 scored Gen 3 1,457,097 points. In another AI benchmark test, AIMark, it scored 240,147 points. More MLPerf benchmark numbers can be found in the table below.
|AI benchmark tests||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3|
|Image Classification (MLPerf)||4997|
|Object Detection (MLPerf)||2441|
|v2.0 Image Segmentation (MLPerf)||1484|
|Language Comprehension (MLPerf)||366|
|Super resolution (MLPerf)||157|
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scored 241 in JetStream 2, a popular browser benchmark test. In another Speedometer 2.1 test, it received a score of 311, which is double what the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could muster. And in the latest WebXPRT3 test it scored 310 points.
|Browser tests||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3|
From these benchmark scores, it is clear that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is an incredibly powerful chipset with superior performance in all departments. Apart from the single-core CPU results, the 8 Gen 3 sets a new benchmark in every test. I’m particularly impressed with the new Adreno 750 GPU and its efficiency. It has also finally surpassed Apple in ray-tracing graphics performance. So what are your thoughts on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3? Let us know in the comments below.