Early benchmarks show the Asus ROG phone is faster than other S845-powered phones

Peter, 11 June 2018

Asus cherry-picked the best Snapdragon 845 units, the ones that can clock up to 2.96 GHz. This binning process gives the ROG phone a 200 MHz advantage over other flagships and gaming phones. To keep the faster chips cool, Asus put a copper heat spreader on them and connected it to a 3D vapor chamber. Was all of that worth it? Letís look at what the early Geekbench scores have to say.

And the answer is - yes, thereís an advantage, but itís slim. To be fair, the ROG phone is launching next quarter, so thereís time to improve on those results even further.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Asus ROG phone
    9534
  • Xiaomi Mi MIx 2S
    9158
  • OnePlus 6
    9011
  • HTC U12+
    9001
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    8487
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    8466
  • Galaxy S9+ (S845)
    8349

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Asus ROG phone
    2547
  • Xiaomi Mi MIx 2S
    2468
  • HTC U12+
    2456
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    2454
  • OnePlus 6
    2450
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    2446
  • Galaxy S9+ (S845))
    2199

For example, itís not clear if the benchmark benefited from the X Mode, which disables the four slow cores in the Snapdragon 845 and increases the minimum clock speed of the four big cores.

As you can see, the big cores provide most of the power in multi-core tests. With one core scoring around 2,500, four of them should hit 10,000. Except they donít because of heat Ė one core can run cool, four need to clock down. So, disabling the four small cores leaves some headroom for the big ones to show their best.

The AeroActive cooler for the Asus ROG phone The AeroActive cooler for the Asus ROG phone
The AeroActive cooler for the Asus ROG phone

Asus does offer an active cooling solution, the optional AeroActive cooler, for those long gaming sessions.

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  • Anonymous

If price tag above 700usd...adios asus see ya next year...try lern zen phone 5 if not for different 200mhz wait until January not bad next snappy...

And in real life usage is probably not even close to 500gflops, cause of throttling fighting overheating. And far cry to Xbox one with 1.3 tersflop

  • Anonymous

The term 'mid-end' doesn't make any sense, but it's okay if you prefer to call it that way.

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