Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

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The new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones are powered by the Exynos 990 – the latest, greatest mobile platform developed by Samsung themselves.

But just how fast is the Samsung Exynos 990, compared to other mobile platforms? Let’s find out!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 : What You Need To Know

The Samsung Exynos 990 builds upon Samsung’s first mobile platform with an integrated 5G modem – the Exynos 980, but focuses on performance instead of 5G connectivity.

It boasts a range of significant improvements – new Samsung Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) and ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a new Arm Mali-G77 GPU.

Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

Faster Processor + GPU

According to Samsung, its new custom Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) cores are 20% faster than the Mongoose 4 (Exynos M4) cores used in the flagship-class Exynos 9825 used in the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones!

Its Arm Mali-G77 GPU uses the new Valhall architecture, and promises to offer a 20% boost in graphics performance or power efficiency.

Faster LPDDR5 Memory

The Exynos 990 will be the first Samsung mobile platform to use the new LPDDR5 memory, which offers a 31% higher clock speed – increased from 2093 MHz to 2750 MHz.

This allows it to deliver up to 5,500 Mbps or 687.5 MB/s in memory bandwidth. It should also allow for lower power consumption.

Samsung Exynos 990 - Everything You Need To Know!

Faster NPU + DSP

Its AI capabilities also received a big boost with a new dual-core NPU and improved digital signal processor (DSP) that can process over 10 trillion operations (TOPS) per second!

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Samsung Exynos 990 Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the Exynos 990 using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra PCMark results

Work 2.0Exynos 990Snapdragon 855Exynos 9825Snapdragon 855+Exynos 9820
DeviceGalaxy S20 UltraXiaomi Mi 9Galaxy Note10+Black Shark 2 ProGalaxy S10+
Performance Score
(Average)
106789471898183847846
Web Browsing92877792829367688583
Video Editing63316038916659485524
Writing1166010919957992269076
Photo Editing2956020161193761759510710
Data Manipulation68497356615563396450

Well, this is quite a nice surprise! Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance.

The last-generation Exynos 9825 and Exynos 9820, for example, were significantly slower than their Qualcomm counterparts – the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+.

But the new Exynos 990 was 36% faster than the Exynos 9820 (its predecessor), and 13% faster than the Snapdragon 855.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Exynos 990 using 3DMark, with these results :

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 3DMark results

3DMarkExynos 990Snapdragon 855+Snapdragon 855Exynos 9825Exynos 9820
DeviceGalaxy S20 UltraBlack Shark 2 ProXiaomi Mi 9Galaxy Note10+Galaxy S10+
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL)67236258548750374470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan)58485386480847944314
Sling Shot80758127724148834343

Not bad at all! Samsung caught up with Qualcomm in gaming performance as well.

The new Exynos 990 was 7.5% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, that powered high-end gaming smartphones like the Black Shark 2 Pro, in Sling Shot Extreme, matching it in the easier Sling Shot benchmark.

Notably, the Exynos 990 was 50% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820 that powered the Galaxy S10+.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Exynos 990 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra AnTuTu results

AnTuTuExynos 990Snapdragon 855+Snapdragon 855Exynos 9825Exynos 9820
DeviceGalaxy S20 UltraBlack Shark 2 ProXiaomi Mi 9Galaxy Note10+Galaxy S10+
AnTuTu Score518159434168371473348397330549
CPU151510126170126011101187100272
GPU218164188158156318156700149930
Memory7845765052777637205168188
UX7002854788113811845912159

Will you look at that? The Samsung Exynos 990 was 19% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, and 57% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

In summary, the new Samsung Exynos 990 represents a whole new level of performance.

Compared to its predecessor, the Exynos 9820, it was generally 36% faster in work performance, and 50%-60% faster in games.

Compared to the Snapdragon 855+, it was 13% faster in work performance, and 7%~19% faster in games.

In just one year, Samsung has made significant strides in improving the performance of their Exynos mobile platforms.

Too bad we do not have access to the Snapdragon 865… but at least we know that the Exynos 990 can deliver excellent work and gaming performance!

 

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