Samsung’s older Exynos 2200 surprisingly beats Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in smartphone ray tracing test for average FPS category

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 cluster produced on TSMC’s 4nm process is already a winner on paper. In previous tests, Qualcomm’s current flagship SoC was shown to be 45 percent faster than Samsung’s Exynos 2200 in multi-core benchmarks. However, when performing ray tracing tests, the story takes a completely different path, as the AMD RDNA2 GPU running in the Exynos 2200, called the Xclipse 920, beats the Adreno 740 in average FPS.

Adreno 740 of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 still takes the lead in maximum and minimum FPS in the same ray tracing test due to improved rasterization performance

With the ZTE nubia Red Magic 8 Pro officially announced, Android Authority has taken the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship through its paces, particularly with its Basemark Vitro GPU test suite. The application uses ray tracing to improve reflection quality, while highlights and shadows are rendered using traditional rasterization. Now, since the Red Magic 8 Pro is aimed at the masses as a gaming smartphone, it should easily beat the Exynos 2200-powered Galaxy S22 Ultra, right?

Well, we were just as surprised as our readers will be when they see these results because in the middle FPS category, for some reason, the Exynos 2200 actually beats the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 by getting 21.6fps, compared to 17.6fps for its competitor. However, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 maintains a solid lead in maximum and minimum fps, if that matters to you. Since the entire test does not contain ray-tracing scenes alone, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has the highest FPS value because it performs better in traditional rasterization.

As you can see, the Exynos 2200 beats the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in Average FPS but not in Maximum and Minimum FPS / Image Credits – Android Authority

Testing was done by Android Authority several times on both smartphones to ensure that the initial launch was not buggy, but the same results are achieved. Also, the Redmagic 8 Pro was running a newer version of the Vulkan API than the Galaxy S22 Ultra, so software support obviously wasn’t an issue. It really seems like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Vitro is slower than the Exynos 2200, at least in ray tracing.

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In other parameters, Qualcomm’s top-end SoC easily outperforms Samsung’s latest flagship chipset, so the hardware capabilities are clearly limited to ray tracing. You can check out the full tests conducted by Android Authority by clicking on the source link below. Also note that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 of the Redmagic 8 Pro cannot be compared to the A16 Bionic of the iPhone 14 Pro Max because the latter does not support ray tracing, unfortunately.

News source: Android Authority

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