MediaTek’s Helio X30 is said to be a much bigger improvement over the previous generation deca-core Helio X20. Unfortunately, the benchmarking scores unearthed don’t really show the entire story and the fact that these scores are all varied across different devices shows that the ‘fully powered’ SoC is yet to be seen in action.
Helio X30 Registers Different Scores for Different Devices – Actual Clock Speeds Much Higher Than What’s Reported
Before you see the benchmarks, keep in mind that these might not be the actual scores of the SoC and what is represented in the images might be the processor running at a lower clock speed, which is what manufacturers do with testing units. However, even with a slightly reduced clock speeds, the scores are rather unimpressive with what we were led to believe when MediaTek officially announced its flagship SoC.
If you look carefully at the images, the clock speed is rated at 1.59GHz, 1.55GHz, and 1.39GHz, which to remind you, represent the lowest frequency in a processor. The Helio X30 comprises up of Cortex-A73, Cortex-A53, and Cortex-A35 cores, so that would mean that the latter is running at the aforementioned speeds right? While that is true, those speeds are much lower than the lowest rated frequency of Cortex-A35 on a Helio X30, which is 2.0GHz, which could also mean that the rest of the cores are running at a lowered frequency, leading to the scores you see before you.
In reality, thanks to TSMC’s 10nm process and packing a total of ten cores, the Helio X30 employs the same tri-cluster architecture of the X20 and includes two 2.80GHz Cortex-A73 cores, four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and another four 2.0GHz Cortex-A35 cores. The X30 is also accompanied by PowerVR 7XTP-MP4 (running at a speed of 850MHz) graphics.
In a different report, the SoC takes the lead against a Snapdragon 820 in an AnTuTu benchmarking run, leading us to believe that the scores you see before represent a Helio X30’s processor running at lowered clock speeds. We’ll naturally wait for more results to come through, but don’t take these scores as an official reminder of what the chipset’s performance is going to be like when it starts to power future mobile devices.