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Front view of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Reasons to consider the
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

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Significantly 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
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core i5 3550S

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Intel Core i5 3550S

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Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
More advanced architecture x86-64 vs ARM A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
Newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 28 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.68 GHz vs 2.46 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4 GHz vs 2.27 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Snapdragon 800 vs Core i5 3550S

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Snapdragon 800  vs
Core i5 3550S 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.46 GHz 3.68 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.27 GHz 4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.46 GHz 3.68 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 106.75W

details

Snapdragon 800  vs
Core i5 3550S 
Architecture ARM x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 28 nm 22 nm

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Adreno 330 Intel® HD Graphics 2500

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
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Intel Core i5 3550S
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