MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Review

 

MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Review

When we talk about MediaTek, the first thing come into my mind is probably some low-end or mid-range smartphone chip. I mean they don't even have a proper flagship chip in their line-up and most of the time when we're talking about hi-end products.

MediaTek just outperformed by Qualcomm, But now things are different, The new Dimensity 9000 is a true flagship SOC by MediaTek and it will be a direct competitor of Snapdragon 8 gen 1 And luckily enough we received an engineering prototype from MediaTek so we can play around with it do some benchmark and test everything out.

Engineering Prototype

Well what you are about to watch is an exclusive first-look of MediaTek Dimensity 9000, The engineering prototype we receive is pretty much bare-bone. You have no working cameras exposed connectors and the screen has some super-large bezels.

Apparently this will be very different from a retail phone and while the prototype seems pretty huge it's not having a proper cooling solution, no heat pipe no vapor chamber so the test we can do today is pretty limited, But still we can take a peek at it's CPU GPU gaming performance and most importantly power efficiency.

Architecture

As always we have to talk about its architecture first, Without a doubt The Dimensity 9000 is the highest-end SoC that MediaTek has ever made. The core architecture they choose are Cortex-X2 A710 A510, Just like Snapdragon 8Gen 1

However Mediatek does provide a better configuration than Qualcomm Dimensity 9000 has 8M of L3 cache whereas 8 Gen 1 has only 6M

The system-level cache of MediaTek is also larger than Qualcomm and as you might know cache will have a big impact on CPU performance. Besides that MediaTek also clocked at a higher frequency. The A710 cores're at 2.85GHz which is much higher than 2.5 GHz on the 8 Gen 1. Finally MediaTek uses TSMC 4nm fabrication process instead of Samsung.

If you've watched our 8 Gen 1 review you might remember Samsung doing a pretty bad job drawing too much power making the phone heat up like a burner. So basically Dimensity 9000 have bigger CPU cache running at higher clock speed and using a better manufacturing process comparing to Snapdragon 8 Gen1.

GPU

But to provide a great gaming performance, CPU is not the only thing to consider we have to look at another very important factor GPU.

MediaTek has put the ARM's newest mali G710 inside Dimensity 9000 Specifically a G710MC10 so it's a 10-core GPU clocked at 850MHz, On G710 ARM went for a very different approach in terms of core counts.

They actually put two execution units in each shader core so G710MC10 is more like a 20-core configuration in previous generations, But anyway We'll see if they did a decent job

Benchmarks

The first one we gonna see is CPU performance using GeekBench 5 and you know what? Dimensity 9000 got 17% higher multi-core performance than Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, this is already better than Apple's A14

While the single-core is still not that pretty comparing with Apple's A13 it is still better than Snapdragon 8 Gen1, which means it is the best CPU performance of team Android, that's pretty impressive.

The CPU on Dimensity 9000 is just a beast providing amazing performance with decent power efficiency it really outperformed Qualcomm in every aspect.

GPU

The result of GFXBench Aztec Ruins, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 defeat Dimensity 9000 on GPU which is not a surprise considering 8 Gen 1 did provide a really impressive GPU improvement. But thankfully the gap between these two is not so huge specially with OpenGL.

If you choose Vulkan API though Snapdragon will perform better and stretch the gap a little bit But nevertheless MediaTek still managed to catch up with Apple's A14 GPU which is still not bad And what might surprise you more is the GPU power efficiency.

We recorded 8.2 Watts power consumption when running GFXBench which is identical to Apple's A14 and way less than Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, This power efficiency number is really impressive,specially comparing with Qualcomm.

Gaming

Real world gaming are what gamers cares about, So let's play some games.

We did some pixel counting first and found out the resolution 640p under high preset and 568p under middle just like 8 Gen 1 phones. The Dimensity 9000 keeps on 60 frames per second for 7 and a half minutes and the power consumption over this period is 6.8 watts.

After reaching the thermal limit both chip goes into throttling, Interestingly our MediaTek prototype throttles more By the end of the test it drops to less than 50 frames at 5.7 watts.

we can also see that Dimensity 9000 does have a lower power consumption in gaming and if they receive exactly the same chassis or thermal solution as Qualcomm, it might be an advantage in terms of maintaining performance.

Conclusion

Overall Dimensity 9000 provides a beefy CPU a good enough GPU and most importantly amazing power. Efficiency, And I would guess flagship phones using both Qualcomm and MediaTek chip this year will have similar performance while MediaTek stays cooler and drain less battery life.

Also remember this is the first flagship SoC from MediaTek and they already managed to fight back with Qualcomm and even gain an advantage in power efficiency.

That is very impressive, If the retail phone can offer a better price than 8 gen 1, I will definitely consider Dimensity 9000.

But on another hand the biggest challenge for MediaTek is not raw performance it's about tuning and optimization by manufacturers. Some manufacturers just didn't know how to utilize MediaTek chip and did a poor job at optimizing.

Will that changes this year? Well we gonna have to wait for a retail phone to find out the answer.

 

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