Galaxy S24 Ultra with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Outperformed by Galaxy S24 Plus in Latest Test

What you should know

  • The Galaxy S24 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, while the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus have Exynos 2400-powered variants in most markets.
  • Despite Snapdragon chips being considered superior, the Exynos 2400 might prove to be a better option for many users, as indicated by 3DMark Solar Bay Stress Test results.
  • The Exynos 2400-fueled Galaxy S24 Plus performed better in the stress test, suggesting it may perform better over extended periods of gaming.
  • There are indications that the Exynos 2400 can handle demanding games like Genshin Impact better than other chips, although the game’s texture resolution was set to low.

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The Galaxy S24 Ultra, as predicted, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 across the board. However, most markets are seeing Exynos 2400-powered versions of the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips are generally considered superior to Samsung‘s homegrown ones. Samsung isn’t exactly disputing this by leaving its latest in-house chip out of its top-tier model, the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-powered models will outperform. In fact, the Exynos 2400 might end up being a better fit for many users. An X user, Quadrans Muralis, shared Galaxy S24 Ultra and Exynos Galaxy S24’s 3DMark Solar Bay Stress Test results. These were originally posted on the Korean website dcinside.

This test is a GPU ray tracing benchmark. It simulates a scenario where you might be gaming for an extended period to check for stability or cooling issues. In simpler terms, it can help you understand how your phone’s performance changes during heavy use and how it manages heat.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra scored a maximum of 8,249 and a minimum of 3,984, with a stability rating of 64 percent. The Exynos 2400-powered Galaxy S24 Plus did much better. It scored a maximum and minimum of 8,905 and 5,755 respectively, with a stability of 64.6 percent.

This suggests that the Exynos 2400 might perform better over long gaming sessions. If that’s the case, the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus could be among the best gaming phones of 2024. Previously, X user @GaryeonHan suggested that Samsung’s latest smartphone chip handled the demanding game Genshin Impact better than the iPhone 15 Pro. However, a follow-up tweet tempered our enthusiasm a bit by revealing that the Exynos 2400 didn’t struggle with the game because the texture resolution was set to low.

Still, that doesn’t make the Exynos 2400 any less impressive. The reason why the game was running at a low resolution might be because the developers hadn’t had time to optimize it for the Galaxy S24.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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