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 - Monday, March 28, 2016 - link

    It's been some time second part to this? Reply
  • Belard - Monday, March 28, 2016 - link

    Anyone else not impressed with the old USB 2.0 type connector?
    USB 3.0 type C has been available for quite a long while. Its faster, it handles more power, faster charging, there is no UP or DOWN, just plug it in.

    This from a $600~800 flagship phone in 2016? Apple has been shipping phones and tablets with such a connector since 2012.
  • makuchaku - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - link

    Hey @Joshua, when is the 2nd part of this review coming? Eagerly awaited!
  • kreacher - Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - link

    I can't find part 2 of the review, has it been published? Reply
  • gfieldew - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - link

    Where can I read Part 2? Reply
  • SirKronan - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - link

    Yes, Joshua! We are all eagerly awaiting part 2. :) Reply
  • vortmax2 - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - link

    Not to complain, but why is Part 2 taking over 2 months?? Reply
  • Aritra Ghatak - Saturday, May 7, 2016 - link

    I guess the project is dead... It's over 2 months now. Reply
  • oryanh - Thursday, May 19, 2016 - link

    Will there be a Part 2 of this review? Reply
  • soh.0 - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - link

    Now that the buzz around the gs7 has died I guess part 2 of this review means nothing to you. Reply

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