GPU Performance

GPU performance is one of the areas where Snapdragon 810 actually tended to do quite well. It's also the case that GPUs generally see larger performance gains year over year than CPUs. We already saw how Adreno 530 performs in the LG G5 review, but the device being compared to was the LG G4, which used Snapdragon 808. The OnePlus 3 represents an opportunity to compare a Snapdragon 810 device to its successor using Snapdragon 820.

3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 Extreme Unlimited - Graphics

3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 Extreme Unlimited - Physics

3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 Extreme Unlimited - Overall

The OnePlus 3 does very well in 3DMark Sling Shot. In both the physics and graphics tests it trails the LG G5 slightly, but the gap isn't anything truly significant. Exynos 8890 is still not something I can compare to until our Galaxy S7 review is posted, but barring that it's clear that Snapdragon 820's Adreno 530 gives the fastest smartphone performance in this test, and when looking at the graphics performance the performance is over two times faster than the OnePlus 2.

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal Onscreen Test

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal Offscreen Test

In BaseMark ES 3.1's on screen test the OnePlus 3 manages a significant lead over the LG G5 as a result of its lower resolution. In the off screen 1080p test both phones have essentially the same performance, which is what you'd expect. It looks like Adreno 530 doesn't make the same gains in this test that it does in some others, and it's not clear whether this is just the result of driver optimizations or something about the benchmark that is able to perform batter on other GPU architectures, which could be contributing to the iPhone's lead even in the off screen test.

GFXBench 4.0 Car Chase (On screen)

GFXBench 4.0 Car Chase (Off screen 1080p)

In GFXBench Car Chase the performance of the OnePlus 3 is in line with the LG G5. On screen performance is significantly higher due to the lower resolution display, while off screen performance at 1080p is about the same as the G5 and exactly the same as the on screen result. As far as absolute GPU performance goes, both of our Snapdragon 820 devices are at the top of the chart for absolute performance, and that's good news for anyone playing games or using software that benefits from a powerful mobile GPU.

NAND Performance

The OnePlus 3 moves to a UFS 2.0 NAND solution, which OnePlus claims is three times faster than the eMMC storage used in the OnePlus 2. In more realistic testing you probably won't end up achieving speeds three times faster than the OnePlus 2 since it actually wasn't slow at all by eMMC standards, but there should be a decent uplift in NAND performance nonetheless.

Internal NAND - Sequential Read

Internal NAND - Sequential Write

The move to UFS 2.0 brings healthy gains over the OnePlus 2's storage performance, although as I said, the OnePlus 2 didn't perform poorly at all by the standards of eMMC devices. Sequential read and write performance is actually the best that I've measured so far on an Android device. We're still not looking at anything close to what you get for sequential performance on iOS devices, but there are some other factors at play like the fact that the iPhone was a 128GB unit while our Android devices are usually 32GB or 64GB devices. In any case, the OnePlus 3 doesn't present any problems with storage performance, and you certainly won't run into the same issues that you can with budget smartphones at the $200-300 range where the eMMC solutions can be exceptionally slow.

System Performance Display Analysis


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  • Aritra Ghatak - Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - link

    What about the uncompleted Galaxy S7 review?? Reply
  • Aaight - Friday, June 24, 2016 - link

    So brandon, what's up with the s7 review, are you guys gonna release that this year? Or are we gonna have to wait for a unfinished s8 review? Reply
  • Aaight - Friday, June 24, 2016 - link

    I know you guys are pretty touchy about the s7 review, but deleting my comment? There's really no room for criticism? Even when you guys screwed up and are months late with the second half of the review? You guys just gonna wipe it under the rug and pretend it never happened? Really professional, you just lost the very last bit of respect I had for this site. Reply
  • Aaight - Friday, June 24, 2016 - link

    New to this comment system, thought you'd deleted my first comment. Sorry about the rant.. Reply
  • tom5 - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - link

    I'm waiting impatiently for the HTC 10 review - Part 2 :) Reply
  • S007009 - Monday, June 20, 2016 - link

    Could you plz explain why you have "time" for smartphone review after review
    without completing the promized Samsung S7/Edge review (yes the part-2 a lot of people seems to be waiting for) ?
  • Anakha - Monday, June 20, 2016 - link

    Same goes for the HTC 10... Reply
  • antifocus - Monday, June 20, 2016 - link

    It is not like all their smartphone reviews are written by the same person... Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, June 20, 2016 - link

    I know I keep saying the same thing each time this comes up, but our smartphone team is four different editors in different parts of the world (West coast, Canada, Europe, Central), and have different schedules (only one is full time).

    Your requests aren't falling on deaf ears, trust me. I'm pushing internally on this stuff too, as well as trying to catch up on my own promised articles on the CPU/motherboard side.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Thursday, June 23, 2016 - link

    The s7 review is 3 MONTHS late. Tons of other sites have found time to finish reviews, yet anandtech cant? The late GPU reviews as well, are painting a very poor picture. Where are the 1080 and 1070 reviews? Or heck, what about that 960 review that never came out? Or that macbook pro 13 review that was promised and never came out?

    If you dont have enough people to fix this issue, hire more writers. Or hire full time writers and not part time ones. Or have the other sites assist with the reviews. This lame "oh our writers are part time, nothing we can do" excuse is rapidly wearing out its welcome.

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