The Great Equalizer

We've been tracking mobile GPU progress compared to entry level (and older desktop) PC GPUs now that we have cross-platform 3D benchmarks that run under both Android and Windows 8/RT. The data below has been updated to include Snapdragon 800/Adreno 330. Adreno 330 definitely moves up the list, getting dangerously close to Kabini at times. It's still not at Ivy Bridge levels of GPU performance yet, but keep in mind we're talking about a platform with a much lower TDP.

GL/DXBenchmark 2.7 - T-Rex HD (Offscreen)

3DMark - Graphics

3DMark - Ice Storm

3DMark - Physics

GPU Performance - Basemark X & Epic Citadel Final Words


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  • Krysto - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    "The overall graphics score from Adreno is amazing. We're looking at almost 2x the next fastest contender here, the Adreno 320 based Snapdragon 600."

    Why is that so amazing? Adreno 320 came out first last fall, which is about a year before S800 with Adreno 330 comes out. Are you saying you're surprised mobile GPU's can double in performance every 12 months?
  • nunomoreira10 - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    On the same process nod, hell yeah Reply
  • Aenean144 - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    Not exactly the same process node, and we don't know TDP yet. Reply
  • richworks - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - link

    please excuse my ignorance but how is TDP related to the process node? Reply
  • dishayu - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    In the great equalizer charts, can someone please explain how GeForce 8500 manages to outperform the 7900 GTX in DXBenchmark 2.7? The 8500 had similar performance to a 7600GS from what i remember. Reply
  • nunomoreira10 - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    Uniform shaders i believe Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    Unified rather than uniform, but yes. We did an article in April looking at the issue in greater depth: Reply
  • Speedfriend - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    Where will the new generation Atom show up in the list? As I understand it, it will have graphics comparable to the HD4000 in the Ivy Bridge, so in theory it should outperform this Qualcomm chip? Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    No, it will have graphics based upon the HD4000 architecture - but it will have fewer units and run at a lower speed, in order to attain TDP requirements. Reply
  • FwFred - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - link

    The number of EUs does not directly tie to TDP. See HD5000 vs HD5100. The clock speed is important, and wider but slower is more efficient. Reply

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