GPU Performance

While general performance on the OnePlus 2 ends up being quite disappointing, when focusing on GPU performance we can hope for a much more appealing outcome as Adreno 430 continues to be one of the best GPUs you can get in a mobile device. While I don't expect there to be a large deviation from the performance of other Snapdragon 810 devices, given the unexpected difference with JavaScript and general CPU performance it's worth running the OnePlus 2 through our standard GPU benchmarks to confirm that everything is performing as expected. As always, we start off with 3DMark, followed by BaseMark X and GFXBench.

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Graphics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Physics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Overall

Snapdragon 810's Adreno 430 GPU is still very fast, and it achieves a very high score in 3DMark's graphics test. As usual, the physics test score basically just scales with frequency and number of cores in use, and with the big cores on the SoC throttling down we see a fairly low result there. I don't usually care much for the overall score, but since it's a weighted average we see the OnePlus 2 sitting near the Nexus 6, although in workloads that mainly stress the GPU you'll actually see a much larger gap between the two.

BaseMark X 1.1 - Dunes (High Quality, Onscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Hangar (High Quality, Onscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Dunes (High Quality, Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Hangar (High Quality, Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Overall (High Quality)

The OnePlus 2 performs very well in BaseMark X, tracking slightly behind the Mi Note Pro which we previously noted may have some level of additional optimizations at the driver level compared to the other Snapdragon 810 implementations. The improvement over the OnePlus One with its Adreno 330 GPU is quite large, with there being nearly a doubling in performance in the Hangar benchmark.

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Offscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Offscreen)

GFXBench's off screen performance results show that the OnePlus 2 is again a bit slower than the Mi Note Pro. In any case the performance is still very good and only really beaten by Samsung's Exynos 7420 devices, and the iPhone 6s. Since the display resolution is only 1080p you actually get better performance in games that run at native resolution than the Mi Note Pro and Galaxy Note5.

Adreno 430 has always been a good GPU, and in general the GPU performance of Snapdragon 808 and 810 hasn't really suffered in the same way the CPU performance has. At $400 the OnePlus 2 definitely gives you a lot of GPU power, and it's something that differentiates it from what's available at lower prices, and even other devices at the same price like the Nexus 5X.

NAND Performance

NAND performance is becoming a greater focus in mobile devices. To improve performance, vendors like Samsung and Apple have turned to solutions outside of the eMMC storage that is typically used in mobile devices. However, the vast majority of products still use eMMC NAND, and in some cases the performance of that NAND can be low enough to introduce noticeable performance issues when using a device. The OnePlus Two uses a Samsung CGND3R eMMC 5.0 NAND solution, which is the same as the one used in the Mi Note Pro.

Internal NAND - Random Read

Internal NAND - Random Write

Random read speeds track closely with the Mi Note Pro. Random writes end up being quite a bit slower, and this occurs even with repeated tests so I'm not sure exactly what's causing it.

Internal NAND - Sequential Read

Internal NAND - Sequential Write

As expected, sequential read and write speeds track almost exactly with the Mi Note Pro. While the results are nothing ground-breaking, they're in line with what you get from an eMMC 5.0 NAND solution. In most cases another component of the phone will likely end up limiting performance before one runs into issues due to NAND speeds, but you won't see some of the benefits that you get with extremely fast NAND such as extremely quick app installation times, faster media transfers, etc.

System Performance Battery Life, Charging, WiFi


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  • Matias - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    I would like to see Anandtech review the Moto X 2015. Reply
  • MonkeyPaw - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    While we are making a list, add the Lumia 950/950XL. Reviews are so mixed on it, and many review sites seem to havr just "phoned it in." Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    I think you can find out if you want a Lumia 950 by following these simple steps:

    Do you want a Windows Phone? (if yes continue)

    Do you want a High-end Phone (if yes continue)

    Buy a Lumia 950 or 950 XL (if you want a bigger one), because there is no other option.
  • MonkeyPaw - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    Yes and no. Is the camera that much better than the 1520 or 930? Battery life? Other reviews have been subjective, but Anandtech is one of the last places that throws out actual testing (especially screen quality and battery) to go along with the subjective portions. Heck, one well known site didn't even use the device as a phone for lack of a proper data plan.

    If I must wait, fine. The current culture of rush-job, me-too journalism isn't doing much for me.
  • faizoff - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    I too hope there is a review in the works for a Lumia 950/950 XL, I've become a huge fan of the WMP and would like a Anandtech treatment of those phones. The reviews I've read add a lot of personal opinions and preferences without being that objective. Though the overall reaction is definitely mixed on those phones. The sentiments seems to be these phones are 'almost there but not there yet' Reply
  • Sttm - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    I'd like to see a 950 XL review if only for a good Anandtech deep dive into the liquid cooling on the Snapdragon 810. Curious to see if this is going to become a more common thing. Reply
  • JanSolo242 - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    This is the only technical review on the Lumia 950 XL I've seen so far.
  • blzd - Friday, January 1, 2016 - link

    You realize the "liquid cooling" is a heat pipe and has been used in many 810 phones already though right? Nothing unique about the 950 XL implementation.

    Wow Microsoft marketing really did a number on some people.
  • Ryan Smith - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link

    We do not currently have a Lumia 950 review planned. Reply
  • faizoff - Monday, December 14, 2015 - link


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