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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

Reasons to consider the
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

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Much higher clock speed 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Newer Apr, 2013 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Front view of Apple A5 (APL0498)

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Apple A5 (APL0498)

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Apple A5 (APL0498) vs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Snapdragon 600 vs A5 (APL0498)

SunSpider 0.9.1

Snapdragon 600
822.6 ms
A5 (APL0498)
2,250 ms


Specifications Full list of technical specs


Snapdragon 600  vs
A5 (APL0498) 
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core

integrated graphics

Label Adreno 320 PowerVR SGX543MP2

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel


Snapdragon 600  vs
A5 (APL0498) 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 28 nm 45 nm
Architecture ARM ARM

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
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Apple A5 (APL0498)
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