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

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? Lets look at what the early Geekbench scores have to say.

And the answer is – yes, theres an advantage, but its slim. To be fair, the ROG phone is launching next quarter, so theres 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, its 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 dont because of heat 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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