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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Benchmarking Results: Here’s What You Need to Know



Last week, Review Central was at Qualcomm’s San Diego campus, putting the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip to test. The Snapdragon 835 already powers the new Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which we saw at Mobile World Congress 2017. The 835 chip is also expected to power a long list of upcoming smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC 11, Microsoft Surface Phone, Xiaomi Mi 6, Nokia 8, OnePlus 4/5, LG V30, and Pixel 2, among others.

So What Does Snapdragon 835 Bring Along?
The Snapdragon 835 is made using the 10nm process and hence it is even smaller than its predecessor, the 14nm Snapdragon 821. This is really a huge achievement, especially since Samsung is the first manufacturer building the 10nm chips, even sooner than Intel and TMSC.

Most flagship smartphones in 2017 are expected to be powered by the new SoC. The smaller chip will spare room for other features, house a bigger battery, or just to make devices smaller and slimmer. Compared to the Snapdragon 821, the 835 has achieved 30 percent increase in area efficiency, 27 percent higher performance, and 40 percent less consumption of battery.

The more advanced design will give us a significant battery life improvement. The Snapdragon 835 also features Quick Charge 4 which could give our smartphones extra 5 hours of usage with just 5 minutes of charging, or reach 50 percent in 15 minutes. And the good news is that Quickcharge 4.0 is compatible with Google’s specs for USB Type-C charging.

The CPU is the Octacore Kryo 280, which includes four cores with 2.45GHz threshold and four with a 1.9GHz threshold. It also supports one 32-megapixel camera or 16-megapixel dual camera, Bluetooth 5, 4K Ultra HD premium video, and better VR experience with the Adreno 540 GPU.

All in all, with the new Snapdragon 835, you can expect to get better battery life, Quick Charge 4, better graphics performance, and faster wireless capabilities. The new chip also supposedly offers better camera capabilities with Qualcomm’s very own EIS (electronic image stablisation) 3.0 tech built-in. The new chip also offers better audio since it now supports 32-bit, 384KHz audio DACs.

The Snapdragon 835 also have dual camera capability built-in. The chip also comes with a bunch of security features called Qualcomm Haven – this capability allows you to bolster security in various ways. This includes keeping track of suspicious app behaviour and locking them down before they do any harm.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Reference Device
Qualcomm handed us a reference device (prototype) running the new Snapdragon 835 chip. The reference device did not include any active cooling components. In addition, the device was also very thick – so all that may have helped the chip run better and get better cooling.

Do remember to take these benchmark results with a grain of salt. A reference device is not a retail product. Hence, it doesn’t have to worry about things such as  proper cooling or decent battery life. We will revisit the benchmarks once vendors start flooding the markets with finished smartphones running the Snapdragon 835 chip.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6.2.7
We ran the AnTuTu benchmark on the reference device running Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and we came away surprised. The benchmark gave the performance crown to the 835 chip, as you can see below:

AnTutu 1

It’s even faster than the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. However the launch of the iPhone 8 is expected to be pretty soon – so this might all change. For now, according to the AnTuTu benchmarks, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is the king.

Geekbench v4.0
We also looked at Geekbench 4. This test covers single-core performance, which lets you know how fast a phone will feel in everyday tasks. We also ran the multi-core performance test, which checks out video and photo editing.

Geekbench 1

In terms of single-core performance, the Snapdragon 835 did an amazing job. The 835 also did well in the multi-core tests.

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark is a very popular graphics benchmark utility on desktops. However, recently, the mobile version has picked up steam. Here too, the Snapdragon 835 did a brilliant job of passing the tests with flying colours.

3DMark Slingshot 3.1

The Benchmarking Result Analysis
Overall, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is an excellent performer.  Qualcomm deserves a pat in the back for opting to go with the 10nm process for manufacturing the chip. This will make the chip more efficient while doing the same work when compared to a Snapdragon 821.

In addition, the Adreno 540 is also considerably faster than the GPU in the 820-series Snapdragons. However, there are plenty of unknowns right now. The lower power consumption figures and faster charging are as-yet untested by us, and beyond raw performance, will be key when it comes to making a buying decision.

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Cooler Master Debuts LCD-Sporting MasterLiquid 360 Ion Cooler



Cooler Master, a renowned name in PC components, today unveiled the MasterLiquid 360 Ion, its most advanced all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler. The MasterLiquid 360 Ion boasts several groundbreaking features, including the first-ever LCD integrated into an AIO cooler. This flagship cooler promises exceptional cooling performance for even the most demanding PCs. Here’s a closer look at what sets it apart:

  1. Pioneering LCD Display: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion features a unique 2.1-inch IPS LCD screen embedded directly into the pump. This display is fully customizable using Cooler Master’s MasterCTRL software, allowing users to monitor system vitals like CPU temperature, or showcase personalized graphics and animations.
  2. Dual-Chamber Cooling Power: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion utilizes Cooler Master’s Gen X Dual Chamber Design, which optimizes thermal efficiency by separating the hot and cold coolant channels for improved heat dissipation.
  3. Unmatched Cooling Performance: Three Mobius 120P ARGB fans are included with the cooler, delivering exceptional airflow and keeping your system cool under pressure.
  4. Extensive Personalization: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion caters to individual preferences. Addressable RGB lighting on the fans and pump allows for vibrant lighting effects, while automatic PWM control ensures optimal fan speed based on system needs. Compatibility with major motherboards guarantees seamless integration into existing setups.
  5. Simplified Installation: Cooler Master streamlines the installation process with pre-attached Mobius 120P ARGB fans and a user-friendly bracket design.

The MasterLiquid 360 Ion marks a significant leap forward in AIO cooler technology. Its innovative features and emphasis on user customization make it a compelling choice for PC enthusiasts seeking peak performance and a touch of personalized style in their builds.

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CORSAIR Debuts Daisy-Chainable RS Series Fans



CORSAIR has launched its latest line of cooling fans today – the RS Series. Designed for both seasoned PC builders and newcomers, the RS Series promises impressive cooling performance with a focus on ease of use and affordability. The RS Series boasts a streamlined design that simplifies installation. The fans connect in a daisy-chain fashion, requiring only a single 4-pin PWM connector to your motherboard. This eliminates cable clutter and keeps your build looking clean.

For those who prefer a touch of visual flair, the RS ARGB version offers addressable RGB lighting that plugs into a single +5V ARGB header on your motherboard. Both versions feature Zero RPM Mode, which keeps the fans silent during low-load situations. The RS Series incorporates CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, which channels airflow precisely towards critical components. Additionally, the fans utilize magnetic dome bearings, known for minimizing noise and friction while ensuring a long lifespan.

The RS Series comes in 120mm and 140mm sizes, available in black or white to match your build’s aesthetics. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or building your first PC, there’s an RS fan to meet your needs. RS and RS ARGB fans are available now in single and multi-fan packs from the CORSAIR webstore and authorized retailers worldwide. The fans are backed by a two-year warranty and CORSAIR’s customer service and technical support network.

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CORSAIR Launches LX RGB Fans



CORSAIR has launched the LX RGB Series of cooling fans, the latest addition to the acclaimed iCUE LINK ecosystem. Proving that amazing lighting and high-performance cooling are not mutually exclusive, the LX RGB Series redefines the expectations of PC enthusiasts – and thanks to iCUE LINK, makes building and connecting your masterpiece easy and convenient. Available in 120mm and 140mm sizes, in your choice of black or white to match the aesthetic of your build, each LX RGB fan features 18 individually addressable RGB LEDs spread across an inner and outer light loop, creating spectacular, fully customizable lighting effects – including the iCUE LINK-exclusive Time Warp mode that creates mesmerizing optical illusions.

All of this is made possible by the new and improved iCUE 5 software, making it easier than ever before to customize and switch between lighting effects or synchronize them with your games. These great looks are backed up by rigorous engineering and meticulous testing to deliver strong, efficient cooling to match. A combination of high airflow, reaching PWM-controlled speeds up to 2,400 RPM, and high static pressure make LX RGB fans well suited for use as case fans or attached to radiators. CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, with its anti-vortex vanes, also focus airflow direction to move air more efficiently through your case.

Moreover, the LX RGB Series is designed for quiet operation, with Magnetic Dome bearings minimizing friction to ensure low noise and superior longevity. Zero RPM Mode completely eliminates fan noise at low loads, with the fans spinning up only when your system demands it. Installation is made effortless with CORSAIR’s innovative one-twist QuikTurn screws, empowering you to install a full set of fans in seconds, saving both time and effort. iCUE LINK bridge connectors included with the fans let you stack them directly together to create a seamless bank of fans with no intervening wires, making installation even easier.

With the LX RGB Series, CORSAIR continues to push the boundaries of PC cooling and aesthetics with a powerful one-two punch of brilliant lighting and exceptional cooling. The LX RGB Series is available now in multi-fan Starter Kits with an iCUE LINK System Hub or single fan Expansion Kits from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

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