Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 powered Honor 100 majorly disappoints in Geekbench debut

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC has appeared on the Geekbench 6.2 database. Its single and multithreaded scores show minimal improvements over the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.

MediaTek’s upcoming mid-ranger, the Dimensity 8300, made a splash by punching well above its weight class in Geekbench’s OpenCL benchmark. The recently revealed Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 can be considered its main competitor. It has now appeared on Geekbench and the results are nothing short of disappointing.

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 appears on the benchmarking platform alongside the upcoming Honor 100 with 16GB of RAM. It scores 1,139 in the Geekbench 6.2 single-core test and 3,375 in multi-core. Digging deeper into the frequency chart, we can see the Cortex-A715 main processor core oscillating between 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz during testing, indicating that there was some throttling at play.

Still, the score is a bit terrible and falls short of Qualcomm’s marketing claims for the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, which proclaimed that the SoC delivered a 15% CPU performance increase over the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1-powered Honor 90 ($566 USD on Amazon). , which scores 1119 in single-core and 3261 in multi-core. Again, this can be attributed to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 sample running unoptimized software.

Overall, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 is misleadingly named and appears to be a massive downgrade from the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, which scores 1,687 and 4,378 in Geekbench 6.2’s single-core and multi-core tests. Even the pre-production Dimensity 8300 scores a respectable 1,512 and 4,886.

Another reason for its poor results might have something to do with Qualcomm’s choice of foundry. There was no mention of the company’s 4nm node on which it was manufactured, and these numbers suggest it could be Samsung. This may also be why Qualcomm decided to pit it against the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, another chip made by Samsung.

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