GPU Performance

Real-world GPU Performance of the iPhone SE should be pretty much the best on any mobile device on the market right now. Apple’s A13 already outperformed any other chipset out there in the iPhone 11 series, and the fact that the new SE now comes with an even lower resolution 1334 x 750 means that on-screen performance will be even better than what you’d experience on an iPhone 11.

Basemark GPU 1.2 - Medium 1440p - Off-Screen / Blit GFXBench Aztec Ruins - High - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Aztec Ruins - Normal - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 Off-screen GFXBench T-Rex 2.7 Off-screen

In all our 3D tests, we see peak performance of the iPhone SE be near that of the other A13-powered iPhones, take a few frames here and there. Sustained performance is also extremely respectable, as the phone keeps up with the 11 series in most tests, which is again very impressive given its much smaller form-factor and correspondingly smaller thermal envelope.

Again, because this is a low-resolution screen, I have doubts users will even find real-world workloads that actually stress the phone enough for it to dip below V-sync limits, meaning when it comes to gaming, it’s going to be a incredibly future-proof phone – as long as you have the battery capacity for gaming.

Compared to the iPhone 8, even though we’re “only” talking about 2 generations difference in the SoCs, the new iPhone SE is essentially double, in some cases more than double, faster than the A11-based counterpart.

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  • star-affinity - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Why is it wasted? Should make it last many years, as long as the 3 GB RAM doesn't limit it, that is…
  • nfineon - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - link

    // EUROPE PRICES (in usd)

    $532 belgium
    $610 bosnia
    $575 croatia
    $513 czech
    $539 denmark
    $521 germany
    $531 spain
    $531 france
    $542 ireland
    $542 italy
    $513 luxembourg
    $521 nederlands
    $512 norway
    $521 austria
    $527 poland
    $542 poland
    $542 portugal
    $464 switzerland
    $542 finland
    $608 serbia
    $517 uk
    EU Average Price = $536 usd

    // ASIA PACIFIC (in usd)
    aus $473
    hkd $439
    kor $446
    myr $459
    nzd $477
    php $523
    sgd $455
    twd $482
    thb $461
    mop $439
    AP Average Price = $466 usd

    $399 is only the promotional price used in the US (not including tax), the actual price globally is higher. Europe gets hit the hardest with the average price about $536, Asia Pacific is about $466 average and no pricing data yet for Latin America. This brings the current world average price to +/- $500 usd.

  • zeeBomb - Saturday, May 16, 2020 - link

    The best review. My goodness.
  • sdfdsf - Thursday, May 28, 2020 - link

  • techjam - Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - link

    Wow I can't believe the love this phone is getting.

    Such an outdated design, CPU and GPU performance matter so little to the consumer now. They've been more than powerful enough for years.

    To put out such a lazy rehashed design just shows how complacent Apple are and the fact it's getting such praise shows just why they have gotten so complacent.

    This simply wouldn't be acceptable in the Android world.
  • nd_marshall - Sunday, June 21, 2020 - link

    It's like putting a Ferrari engine in a Lada.

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