Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 tipped to better Apple M2's GPU performance

Qualcomm may have just unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 but rumors about the next-gen chip have already started pouring in. Based on early reports, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will bring several notable upgrades. It will jump from the 4nm to 3nm fabrication process and feature the chipmaker’s first custom Oryon CPU cores. This should mean massive improvements in the CPU performance. Its Adreno 830 GPU may deliver an impressive performance too.

Benchmark hints at a massive GPU boost for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

According to X tipster Revegnus, Qualcomm’s 2024 flagship smartphone chipset achieved a score of 7,200 points in an early 3DMark Wild Life Extreme benchmark test. The benchmark run pushes devices to their limits to test the efficiency and thermal capabilities of their chipsets during sustained workloads. The tipster added that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 performed about ten percent better than the Apple M2’s GPU in the same test.

The source of the information didn’t share a screenshot or any other proof backing their claim. However, the alleged score of the new Qualcomm chip suggests the comparison was made with the Apple M2 featuring an 8-core GPU. The Apple silicon also comes in a 10-core GPU variant, which expectedly offers better GPU performance. Nonetheless, if these results are accurate, things are looking good for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4’s Adreno 830 GPU.

That said, the chip is still a year away. This is the first notable information about its GPU performance. As Wccftech points out, the benchmark run was likely carried out using engineering samples of the chip in a controlled environment. With no compact mobile enclosure and power limiters, the chip flexed its muscles without any constrain. We will have to wait and see if it delivers the same real-life performance inside Android flagships in 2025.

The chip’s early CPU scores are impressive too

The new report also gives us an idea of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4’s CPU performance. The chip reportedly achieved a score of more than 2,000 in single-core tests and 8,600 in multi-core tests on Geekbench v5. On Geekbench v6, the scores topped 2,800 and 10,000, respectively. Both results are impressive, to say the least.

However, like with the GPU scores, the CPU scores may not be a true measure of the upcoming Qualcomm processor’s real-life performance. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 still has to undergo several rounds of optimizations and developments. Watch out for more reports in the coming months as the company works on improving it in all areas. The first batch of Android phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will hit the market soon.