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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  • DanNeely - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    On the last page this paragraph is present twice:

    "Although the MediaTek chip has been out for several months now, we still have only seen a handful of devices using it, while in recent months we’ve seen a ton of Snapdragon 765 devices being announced and released."
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  • leexgx - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    quite surprising really as that phone was released about like 9 months ago (december 2019) and no one else has been using the Dimensity 1000L

    they should have been trying to push it out far more, but for them to say that well we are waiting for Q3 2020 before we go worldwide is surprising

    it already has full EU/UK 4G and 5G support, 40 2.3ghz and n70 3.5Ghz

    unsure if it will follow some of the newer 5G phones that can use like the "Oppo Find X2 Neo 5G,the snap 765G" as tah phone can also do {n1/3/5/7/28, witch is basically converting the 4G bands into 5g} at later date
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  • leexgx - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    (n78 not n70) Reply
  • beginner99 - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    Yeah having read this article I will certainly not buy one of these snapdragon765 phones and wait for such with 1000L. Reply
  • Mikad - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    The link in the sentence "grave limbo and run the risk of no longer seeing successors in the future" seems to be pointing into a local hard drive. Reply
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    No idea how that happened- fixed. Reply
  • liteon163 - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    It would be nice if I could get an affordable vivo iQOO Z1 that worked on AT&T here in the US. I'd definitely purchase one, simply out of curiosity if nothing else. Reply
  • name99 - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    "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"

    Not to mention the good old "Apple stole the PowerVR design and all they have done since then is just tweak it slightly"... You still see a fair bit of that around the interwebs.
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  • Andrei Frumusanu - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    They didn't steal it, they just have an architectural license. The first GPUs for years were exactly that, tweaked designs that eventually morphed apart. Reply
  • Gnyueh - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - link

    Xiaomi has announced Redmi K30 ultra with Dimensity 1000+ just now and it will be definitely an interesting product to test. There are a lot of products with MTK Dimensity SoCs but most of them are only available in China. Reply

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