GPU Performance

On the GPU side of things, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is equipped with the Adreno 530 clocked at 624 MHz. In order to see how it performs, we ran it through our standard 2015 suite. In the future, we should be able to discuss how the Galaxy S7 performs in the context of our new benchmark suite as we test more devices on our new suite to determine relative performance.

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Offscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Overall (High Quality)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Dunes (High Quality, Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Hangar (High Quality, Offscreen)

At a high level, GPU performance appears to be mostly unchanged when comparing the Galaxy S7 to the Snapdragon 820 MDP. Performance in general is quite favorable assuming that the render resolution doesn't exceed 2560x1440.

Overall, the Adreno 530 is clearly one of the best GPUs you can get in a mobile device today. The Kirin 950's GPU really falls short in comparison. One could argue that turbo frequencies in a GPU don't make a lot of sense, but given that mobile gaming workloads can be quite bursty in nature and that gaming sessions tend to be quite short I would argue that having a GPU that can achieve significant levels of overdrive performance makes a lot of sense. The A9 is comparable if you consider the resolution of iOS devices, but when looking at the off-screen results the Adreno 530 pulls away. Of course, the real question now is how the Adreno 530 compares to the Exynos 8890's GPU in the international Galaxy S7, but that's a question that will have to be left for another day.

SoC and NAND Performance Display
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  • s.yu - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    You were lucky. Back when I used an S4 mini I flashed a Cyanogenmod, because Touchwiz was too ugly with lack of a theme store, it crashed like hell.
    For my S6E I just got a Material Dark theme to fix the look and everything else was fine, I never objected the placement of the settings.
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  • Shadowmaster625 - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    For shame. If you dont have a robot actually tapping the screen every 6 seconds, your test is FAIL. Reply
  • hugoleal85 - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    Excellent article. Looking foward for identical reviews of Lg G5, Xiaomi mi5 Pro and Galaxy S7 (Exynos 8890). Reply
  • donalddumb - Thursday, March 10, 2016 - link

    I´m wondering about the NAND Performance results, particularly 4k, which are seriously lower than earlier BM results.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/9146/the-samsung-gal...

    Galaxy S6 results with Androbench 4.0
    256k seq. write: 58,83
    4k random read:73,15
    4k rw: 18,9
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  • donalddumb - Thursday, March 10, 2016 - link

    as i guessed, Anandtech was still benching with an older version of Androbench, which doesn´t support UFS 2.0. Shame on you Reply
  • soh.0 - Thursday, March 10, 2016 - link

    I'd love to see a comparison between the different camera modules inside the s7's if possible. Since they ship with either the Sony IMX260 or Samsung's britecell. I'd like to know if one is superior or not. Not that I have a choice in which sensor i receive but... Reply
  • s.yu - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    They just started production of an equivalent sensor with dual pixel PDAF, AFAIK. Reply
  • s.yu - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    "And to top things off the camera hump has now been almost entirely eliminated."
    What's to be so obsessed with the camera hump? It's a design element! Would you rather there's only a small hole visible in the middle of the shiny metallic finish? That's closer to Xiaomi's approach to the Note 5 ripoff, but honestly, that's MUCH uglier than the hump.
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  • H4CTOR96 - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    Actually, Xiaomi had those design elements and rounded back in another of its phones before the Note 5, btw.
    Not that it matters much, since everyone copies everyone these days
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  • s.yu - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    "The thickness does result in a noticeably reduced camera hump, but on a personal level I never really cared about the camera hump in the Galaxy S6, so I’m not sure I care about the reduction in the camera hump here."
    Alright I should've finished reading before replying.
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