MediaTek officially released a new generation of mobile flagship SoC – Dimensity 9300. As a mobile phone SoC product that meets the needs of users in the AI era, the Dimensity 9300 not only adopts a powerful full-core CPU architecture but also greatly improves the GPU and AI computing power of the SoC, bringing great benefits to users and terminal manufacturers. A mobile flagship SoC that performs far better than similar competing products.
After early testing of the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 engineering machine, we found that the Dimensity 9300 not only surpassed the previous mobile phone CPU performance king: Apple A17 Pro in terms of multi-core running scores, but its performance in terms of energy efficiency is also quite surprising.
While the benchmark performance has been greatly improved, the Dimensity 9300 is also equipped with powerful AI computing power to support end-side AI large language models, providing the necessary hardware foundation for smartphones to move into the generative AI era. Below we will combine the actual measurements. Data provides you with a comprehensive interpretation.
Multi-core running score surpasses A17 Pro, full-core architecture actual test
One of the highlights of this Dimensity 9300 architecture design is that it abandons the traditional architecture design of large, medium, and small cores in the past and replaces it with a new all-large-core CPU architecture. The CPU part of the Dimensity 9300 is composed of 4 Cortex-X4 ultra-large cores and 4 Cortex-A720 large cores, with no small cores.
Among them, the maximum frequency of the super large core can reach 3.25GHz, and the large core frequency is 2.0GHz. In comparison, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is composed of 1 Cortex-X4 large core + 5 Cortex-A720 large cores + 2 Cortex-A520 small cores.
It can be said that the CPU architecture design idea of Dimensity 9300 this time is relatively close to Apple’s A-series processing. The current Apple A17 Pro is composed of 2 large cores + 4 small cores. Note that although Apple’s small cores are called small cores, Its scale and performance are even stronger than mainstream large cores.
Therefore, our more scientific terms should be performance core and energy efficiency core. In other words, this time the Dimensity 9300’s four Cortex-X4 large cores are the performance core, and the four Cortex-A720 large cores are the energy efficiency core.
After adopting the all-large-core architecture, the improvement of CPU performance can be said to be inevitable, but everyone will be worried about the energy efficiency of the all-large-core architecture.
After communicating with MediaTek technical staff, we learned that under the current mobile phone application scenarios and chip manufacturing technology development conditions, the energy efficiency performance of small cores is not excellent in many cases, especially the feature that does not support out-of-order execution. This makes it difficult to complete computing work more efficiently in application scenarios.
Therefore, the use of a full large-core architecture will greatly improve the operating efficiency of mobile phone processors, reduce power consumption, and save electricity by completing calculations more efficiently and quickly.
So what is the CPU performance of Dimensity 9300? Let’s take a look together below. Two points need to be explained here:
1. The test data of the Dimensity 9300 engineering machine in this article are measured in an experimental environment and are not the running results of a mass-produced machine in a standard environment.
2. The data of other models in this article are measured for the mass-produced models at a standard room temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, based on the latest system firmware version of each model.
After actual testing, in the Geekbench 6.2 running test that reflects CPU performance, the single-core score of Dimensity 9300 is 2215 points, which is close to the score of competing models that also use the Cortex-X4 ultra-large core, and the performance is normal.
In the multi-core test, the Dimensity 9300 scored 7733 points, surpassing the A17 Pro, and its advantage over the main competing models is quite obvious. It can be considered that with the advantage of a full large-core architecture, Dimensity 9300 has become the ceiling of multi-core performance of current mobile phone SoCs, and is directly one position ahead of major competing products.
In the widely watched AnTuTu V10 version benchmark test, the Dimensity 9300 engineering machine also directly surpassed several Android flagship phones, achieving a super high score of 2.139 million points, becoming the current performance ceiling of Android smartphones.
Regarding the actual power consumption issue that everyone is concerned about, we also conducted a simple test. In the “Genshin Impact” Xumi running test, which requires extremely high CPU performance, the screen was set to extremely high quality + 60 frames.
The Dimensity 9300 engineering machine measured an average frame rate of 59.7 frames in 15 minutes, and the average software reading power consumption was 4.63W. Compared with the power consumption of other models in the same scenario, the Dimensity 9300 performed even better.
It can be seen that the full large-core architecture will not bring about an increase in actual application power consumption, but can instead reduce the overall power consumption level through more efficient operations.
In daily application scenarios, Dimensity 9300 will mainly reduce power consumption and improve energy efficiency through the method of “work fast, rest quickly, and consume less power”.
For example, according to MediaTek’s official introduction, through system optimization, in the dual-open heavy-load running scenario of Genshin Impact 60FPS ultra-high-definition games + WeChat video calls, the average frame rate performance of the previous model Dimensity 9300 can be improved by 15.5%, and the average power consumption can be improved by 15.5%. It can be reduced by 12.3%, achieving both performance improvement and power consumption reduction.
Regarding the compatibility and standby energy efficiency issues of the full-core architecture that everyone is generally concerned about, we have also specifically communicated with MediaTek’s technical staff.
The first is the issue of compatibility. MediaTek said: the CPU has better compatibility than the GPU in terms of driver and system optimization.
On the issue of giving full play to the performance advantages of the full-core architecture, MediaTek continues to optimize the performance of the Dimensity platform internally. On the other hand, it also actively cooperates closely with terminal manufacturers and the software ecosystem to help developers target the full-core architecture. To optimize performance, MediaTek is also cooperating with Google to optimize the entire large-core architecture from the bottom layer of the Android system.
Regarding the issue of standby power consumption, MediaTek stated that based on improving the overall operating efficiency, it will enable the CPU core to “sleep deeper” when it needs to save power, thus reducing power consumption. When system application performance requirements are met, algorithm scheduling will be used for centralized processing or calculation work will be completed through other modules of the SoC. Relevant optimization is also being continuously promoted.
Through the actual test results, we can see that the full-core architecture can indeed bring about dual improvements in performance and energy efficiency. In particular, the Dimensity 9300 did not suffer from the sudden increase in power consumption that everyone was worried about before. Instead, it achieved higher performance through higher operation Efficiency achieved outstanding energy performance.
In terms of the current chip process and actual application environment, under the conditions that the energy efficiency advantage of small cores is no longer available and user application performance requirements are increasing day by day, it can be said that it is inevitable to apply a full large-core CPU architecture on mobile flagship SoCs.
This path has also been recognized by the entire industry. For example, Apple’s A-series processors have been adopting a “performance core + energy efficiency core” full-core architecture in recent years, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 series processors are also constantly reducing the number of small cores. quantity.
Therefore, MediaTek’s adoption of a full-core architecture in the Android mobile flagship SoC can be said to serve as a demonstration for the entire industry. Through the actual performance and energy efficiency performance, manufacturers and consumers can see the advantages of the full-core architecture, and then in the future follow up. For ordinary consumers, the Dimensity 9300 with a full large-core architecture can help them obtain stronger terminal performance and a better gaming and application experience.
Leading the development of light chasing in mobile games and GPU performance analysis
After talking about the amazing CPU performance of the full large-core architecture, let’s take a look at the GPU performance of Dimensity 9300. Dimensity 9300 has a built-in 12-core Immortalis-G720 graphics processor this time, and the architecture has also been upgraded, which can bring about an overall improvement in performance and energy efficiency. So how big is this improvement?
After actual testing, in GFX’s Aztec 1440P vulkan off-screen benchmark test, the Dimensity 9300 directly ran an excellent score of 98 frames, surpassing the two major competitors in all aspects.
In addition, in the BaseMark light-tracing performance test, the Dimensity 9300 scored 4714 points, surpassing all competitors and previous models. It is currently the king of hardware light-tracing performance among mobile phone SoCs.
There must be people here who want to ask questions. If the GPU performance is so strong, will the power consumption be particularly high? Naturally, we also conducted tests on this. In the 15-minute running test of “Honkai: Star Rail”, which has extremely high requirements on GPU performance, the screen was set to very high quality + 60 frames.
The measured average frame rate of the Dimensity 9300 engineering machine is 58.8 frames, and the average power consumption is 5.12W. In comparison, the measured average frame rate of Xiaomi 13 Pro equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen2 is 58.9 frames, and the average power consumption is 5.88W.
It can be seen that when the average frame rate is basically the same, the power consumption of the Dimensity 9300 is about 21% lower than that of the previous generation flagship chip of a friend. It can be seen that the energy efficiency performance of Dimensity 9300 has obvious advantages over the previous generation flagship when running the same game scenario.
Better energy efficiency performance allows users to encounter less problems with phone heating and frequency reduction during actual gaming. At the same time, powerful performance also provides a foundation for game manufacturers to develop richer gaming experiences.
In order to further enhance the gaming experience of the Dimensity 9300 platform, MediaTek has also brought a new “Star Speed Engine” technology. By integrating the advantages of past game adaptive control technology and full-core architecture, and continuing to promote ecological cooperation with game manufacturers, It has achieved an improvement in the efficiency of Dimensity 9300 when running domestic mainstream mobile games.
In addition to traditional GPU performance, the light tracing performance of GPU has also received widespread attention in recent years. MediaTek, as the first chip manufacturer to launch mobile hardware light-tracing technology and continue to maintain performance leadership, is also continuing to promote the “Dimensity Light-Chasing Action” this year. It is expected that there will be mainstream mobile games and players using hardware light-tracing in the short term. Meet.
By then, players will be able to play mobile ray-tracing game masterpieces with full 60 frames on mobile terminals equipped with Dimensity 9300. In addition, this time Dimensity 9300 also adds support for global illumination technology, making the game light and shadow change experience closer to the host platform.
Driving smartphones into the era of generative AI AI performance analysis
In recent years, the application of generative AI technology has been widely popularized, and more and more industries and individuals have begun to integrate generative AI technology into production and life. As a terminal device frequently used in daily life, smartphones have naturally become the carrier for the implementation of various AI technologies.
In particular, technologies such as AI drawing and AI portrait photo generation have been recognized by the majority of users. At the same time, the high cost of cloud computing power and the price of high-end PC graphics cards have also become obstacles for the public to experience generative AI technology. For example, the previously popular portrait ID photo generation service requires a VIP fee to be used. So, can we use the powerful computing power of mobile phones to complete lightweight generative AI computing work locally?
The answer is of course yes. As a mobile flagship SoC for the generative AI era, Dimensity 9300 is the first to have a built-in hardware generative AI engine and has industry-leading LoRA fusion (Low-Rank Adaptation) end-side skills. The expansion technology NeuroPilot Fusion, a unique memory hardware compression technology, can run 33 billion parameter AI large language models on mobile phone chips. In cooperation with vivo, it can run 7 billion and 13 billion AI large language models on the device side, allowing every device to mobile phones equipped with Dimensity 9300 can run generative AI independently.
After actual testing, the Dimensity 9300 was equipped with the seventh-generation APU processor and achieved 3145 points in the authoritative AI Benchmark test, far exceeding previous models.
At the test site, MediaTek staff demonstrated the generative AI technology running on the device. With the powerful computing power of Dimensity 9300, the mobile phone can complete the “Vincent Map” calculation in less than one second, and can also continuously Run the “Wen Sheng Ci” application.
In order to facilitate developers to use the powerful AI computing power of Dimensity 9300, MediaTek provides the generative AI development kit NeuroPilot, which supports the rapid deployment of generative AI models and efficient running on the APU, while providing a comprehensive tool chain for the development of rich AI app.
Imaging capabilities further evolved with integrated dual-security chips
In terms of imaging, Dimensity 9300 has a built-in newly upgraded flagship ISP image processor Imagiq 990, which supports advanced imaging technologies such as AI semantic segmentation video engine and OIS optical image stabilization core, providing a platform for terminal manufacturers to build imaging flagship mobile phones.
At the same time, Dimensity 9300 is also equipped with MediaTek MiraVision 990 mobile display processor, which has a flagship smart TV-level AI depth-of-field image quality engine; with MediaTek MiraVision PQ image quality enhancement technology, it can dynamically adjust the contrast, sharpness and color of main objects. Enhance the three-dimensional sense of the overall image and make the picture more lifelike.
In terms of connection technology, Dimensity 9300 supports Wi-Fi 7, with a maximum theoretical peak rate of up to 6.5Gbps, integrated 5G modem, supports Sub-6GHz four-carrier aggregation (4CC-CA) and multi-standard dual-card dual-pass, and is equipped with MediaTek 5G UltraSave 3.0+ power saving technology.
In addition, Dimensity 9300 also integrates dual security chips. The dedicated security chip adopts advanced user data security design, which can protect personal privacy from the beginning of booting. It also has a physically isolated computing environment, making the encryption and decryption of personal data safer.
Through actual testing, we can clearly see that the performance of Dimensity 9300 is at the ceiling level of current flagship mobile phone SoCs. Especially with the blessing of a full large-core architecture, its multi-core performance and energy efficiency have been greatly improved. In all tests, it can lead the main competing chips.
In the increasingly competitive mobile phone market, the emergence of Dimensity 9300 has further broken the original pattern of the flagship chip market and provided mobile phone manufacturers and consumers with a richer selection of flagship products.
At the same time, Dimensity 9300’s application of full-core CPU architecture also provides a new solution to the energy efficiency bottleneck faced by current smartphones. We believe that more and more Android chip manufacturers will choose to follow MediaTek in adopting full-core CPUs in the future. CPU architecture, more and more flagship mobile phone products will adopt the full-core CPU architecture.
At the same time, Dimensity 9300’s progress in generative AI technology has also played a huge role in promoting the progress of the entire industry, breaking the deadlock of mobile phone application experience that has not developed in recent years, allowing smartphones to become smarter, thereby becoming users Embrace the terminal entrance of the AI era.
However, as we often say, running scores do not represent the actual user experience. To create an excellent end-user experience not only requires chip manufacturers to design chips with powerful user performance but also requires continuous in-depth optimization by terminal manufacturers and developers. Just like the cooperation between vivo and MediaTek in the deployment of end-side generative AI, this kind of continuous in-depth cooperation is an important cornerstone for the mobile phone industry to continuously innovate and bring better experiences to users.