GPU Performance

GPU performance between the different devices isn’t something that you’d be able to guess just by looking at the specification sheets. On MediaTek’s side, whilst the chip in theory has 9 physical GPU cores, in this lower-binned chip variant we only see 7 of them active, at around 700MHz.

Qualcomm’s Adreno 620 is quite slower than what you’d expect from the SoC, as we saw the LG Velvet posting performance results that generally were 2.5x slower than the latest Snapdragon 865 flagship SoC.

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

Throughout the results, the hierarchy is quite clear, with the MediaTek D1000L chipset notably outperforming the Snapdragon 765 by up to considerable margins of up to around 50%. Both phones are doing this whilst being extremely conservative with their power usages, not exceeding 2.5-3W, and thus never getting into any thermal stress situations where they would require to throttle.

The international Reno3 devices here are really getting shafted – only posting a fraction of the performance of their Chinese counterparts. These are quite terrible results for the Imagination GPU, and in hindsight, makes their claim of a 2.5x performance increase with the new A-Series GPU look a lot less impressive – but that’s a discussion to be addressed once we actually see silicon designs with the new IP.

System Performance MediaTek clearly wins - But where are the phones?


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  • s.yu - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    Reno 3 ProSheep. Whoever buys that device for the Pro moniker thinking its gonna be better has got to be pro at being sheep. Reply
  • mfaisalkemal - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    Hi Andrei,I think IMG A-Series 2.5x improvement claim still impressive because at 12nm(iso node process, area and power like Helio P90) compared to snapdragon 765g at 7nm.
    If I multiply 2.5 times to your all GPU benchmarks, IMG A-Series ahead all snapdragon 765g scores except Aztec ruin(I hope A-Series architecture have improvement on that benchmark compared to PowerVR GM9446).

    Do you know how many peak system active power(minus screen power) of Reno 3 pro(Helio p95) Andrei?
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    The hardware is often excellent on these Chinese phones. No matter if Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, etc.
    But the software and its support is horrible. The customization of Android is horribly buggy and overdone, especially the power saving "features". They often offer whitelists for apps, but they actually dont work. Not even Gmail is working in the background, not to mention apps from 3rd parties. They even end background apps automatically after a few hours or days without you realizing. Imagine someone for example with diabetes using and 3rd party app for alarms...
    And then of course the support ends very quickly (around 2 years) and even simple security patches often break a lot.
    Sad, really. A real waste.

    I had high hopes in BQ, a Spanish producer, because their support and small customizations of Android were absolutely awesome, not to say perfect. But they got bought by a Vietnamese corporation and stopped producing phones after that.
  • Retycint - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    Do you actually have any sources for your claims? As far as I am aware, the software support for Xiaomi flagships, at least, are pretty good. The Android version may not be updated that much but the features trickle in via MIUI updates so it doesn't really matter Reply
  • Retycint - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    For instance, the Mi MIX 2 released in 2017 September is still slated to receive the latest MIUI. That's literally 3 years of software support, which is something only matched by Pixel and OnePlus (and Samsung, but only their newer devices) Reply
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    I had several Huawei, Honor, Xiaomi, Oppo and others.
    Sure, sometimes after many months a few get a security patch. Like the Honor 9 from 2017 lately, that didnt get a security patch since July 2019, and then suddenly got the May 2020 security update and some added features. But thats really nothing to be proud of. You cant really take that for granted either. It pretty much happens randomly.
  • sonny73n - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    Of course he does not have any evident or source to back up his claims. He’s just like other Apple sheep thinking that every “security” update is actually security update. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - link

    Oh, so someone who hasnt owned anything Apple since 2008 and most likely wont ever again, is an "Apple sheep."
    Makes sense, sonny. :thumbsup:
  • Ptosio - Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - link

    Which makes you wonder: what won't these manufacturers release more pure Android headsets? It shouldn't be so hard... Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    Boycott this phone, Realme X is the same thing for $142 USD. Artificially limited and sold in Asia only or something. Reply

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