Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Redmi K50 Gaming vs Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro tests reveal the first gaming implementation performance numbers of Qualcomm’s chipset | Technology

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Redmi K50 Gaming vs Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro tests reveal the first gaming implementation performance numbers of Qualcomm's chipset | Technology

Pitting the new Redmi K50 Gaming Edition against the Nubia Redmagic 7 Pro, a new series of gaming tests has now shown how Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 performs in a proper gaming-focused implementation

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has been tested on several devices including Motorola Edge X30, Xiaomi 12 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro, with mostly disappointing results.  Three months after the debut of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it has finally made its way into two gaming-focused devices, namely the Redmi K50 Gaming Edition and Nubia’s RedMagic 7 Pro.  A series of tests attempt to show how the Qualcomm chipset performs in these implementations.

Reportedly, all the tests were done with phones running Peacekeeper Elite and League of Legends, and both phones manage to hold up rather well, unlike the Motorola Edge X30 in earlier tests.  However, the Nubia Redmagic 7 Pro is a complete gaming device unlike the Redmi K50 Gaming, and it shows.  It holds frames much better, with mostly noticeable drops in FPS.  The Redmi K50 does gaming very well, but is less stable than the RedMagic 7 Pro, averaging 89.1 fps versus its counterpart’s 89.8.  Thin margin.

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However, the RedMagic 7 Pro does things differently with regards to power consumption.  It uses a lot more power than the Redmi K50 Gaming on average: 4.6W vs 3.6W.  This, apart from the active cooling of the phone, ensures better stability.

In more thorough testing, the cracks start to show, as the Redmi K50 Gaming sees a frame drop across the board from a maximum of 60 fps, which drops to an average of 56.3 fps.  The Redmagic 7 Pro performs as expected, with an average framerate of 58.7 fps.  Again, the Redmi K50 Gaming consumes only 5.9W versus the RedMagic 7 Pro’s 9.2W.  That’s a big difference in power consumption to make up for a lot of variation in actual performance, and the Nubia phone’s active cooling is what provides its advantage.

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These tests confirm a known theory: getting the best out of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 requires an active cooling solution.  However, the Redmi K50 Gaming seems to prove that things are not as bad as they seemed, and that it is possible to get solid performance from Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset without a fan.

Source: Ricky Roux, Notebook Check

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