Earlier today we published our first results using GLBenchmark 2.5, the long awaited update to one of our most frequently used mobile GPU benchmarks. As a recap, here's a quick introduction to the new benchmark:

GLBenchmark 2.5.0 primarily addresses a few shortcomings from the previous version of the Egypt test, primarily by moving to a more challenging version of Egypt. The new game test is named Egypt HD, and moves to a much more complex scene while keeping roughly the same test animation. Geometry count has increased, texture resolution has increased, there's a new water shader, more reflections, and more shadowing. In addition, the offscreen test has now moved to a default resolution of 1080p instead of the previous 720p, for a more challenging workload. This offscreen resolution is now customizable, but we'll be running 1080p for ease of comparison. In addition, the "classic" Egypt test is also a part of GLBenchmark 2.5.0 for those wishing to compare to 2.1.5. In addition, the triangle and fill subtests also stay around for a lower level look at OpenGL ES 2.0 performance. It should go without saying, but GLBenchmark 2.5 is still an OpenGL ES 2.0 test. 

In our first article we ran GLBenchmark 2.5 on devices based on Samsung's Exynos dual and quad SoCs, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4, NVIDIA's Tegra 2/3 and TI's OMAP 4. We had problems getting older devices to run, which is why we only had the abridged set of starting data on Android. In addition, GLBenchmark 2.5 for Android only supports Android 3.x and up. 

GLBenchmark 2.5 is already available in the Google Play store, however the iOS version isn't quite ready for public release. Thankfully we've been able to get our hands on the iOS version and now have results for the new iPad, iPad 2 as well as the iPhone 4S. Just as before we've split results into tablet and smartphone performance. Let's tackle the tablets first.

Tablet Performance in GLBenchmark 2.5

Apple's A5X SoC is a beast as we found in our investigation of the chip earlier this year. The SoC marries a quad-core PowerVR SGX 543 with a quad-channel memory controller, good for up to 12.8GB/s of memory bandwidth. The combination of the two is a GPU that significantly outperforms anything else on the market today.

The A5X's dominance extends to GLBenchmark 2.5. Low level performance ranges from 33% faster than NVIDIA's Tegra 3 on the low end to over 3x the performance at the high end. Even Apple's A5 found in the iPad 2 tends to be the second fastest SoC in these tests.

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Fill Test

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Fill Test (Offscreen 1080p)

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test (Offscreen 1080p)

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Vertex Lit

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Vertex Lit (Offscreen 1080p)

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Fragment Lit

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Fragment Lit (Offscreen 1080p)

Egypt HD continues to be unrelentless in its punishment of mobile SoCs. The A5X is able to just keep up with the A5 thanks to the new iPad's significantly higher native resolution. Even the A5 running at 1024 x 768 can only muster 22 fps in the new Egypt HD test. It's going to take another generation of mobile GPUs to really sustain playable frame rates here.

The offscreen test runs without vsync enabled and at a standard 1080p resolution for all devices. In the case of the new iPad this works out to be a significantly lighter workload, which is responsible for the 20% higher frame rate. Even at 1080p though, the A5X isn't enough to sustain 30 fps.

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD (Offscreen 1080p)

The classic Egypt benchmark once again gives us a good indication of present day gaming performance, which for the most part is fine on any of the latest SoCs. 

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt Classic

GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt Classic (Offscreen 1080p)

Smartphone Performance in GLBenchmark 2.5
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  • Belard - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Do we get to see a full review of the Motorola Atrix HD? Would like to know how the battery performance and other factors compare to the Samsung GS3 and the HTC One X.

    As well as how it performs in these tests above.
  • Brian Klug - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Jason I. is working on a review of the Atrix HD right now :)

  • tipoo - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Did all the comments on this article just get deleted?
  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    No this is a new article with iOS benchmarks (we did this to minimize confusion, even though it seems to have caused confusion?)

  • Samus - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Wow...where are all the Apple haters now?
  • KoolAidMan1 - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Not much to say in the face of reality
  • cknobman - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    ? What are you talking about?

    In reality the SG3 I just purchased has a pretty decent graphics chip in it and overall outperforms the iPhone equivalent.

    I know the iPhone is about to be replaced and will likely return to the top but I dont care I am still happy with my purchase and the performance of the phone.
  • robinthakur - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    And what do you use your top graphics performance in your SGS3 for? Which games take advantage of it? I sold mine and went back to an iPhone 4S after it became obvious that the great chipset (international) only exists to inflate benchmarks and accelerate Android to a level not quite the smoothness of iOS. Where are the Infinity Blades, and all the other Apps which could take advantage of it and why aren't developers interested in making use of these powerful chips on Android?
  • LetsGo - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Infinity Blade? The game has good graphics but is poor on gameplay, Give me GTA III or Shadow Gun any day.

    IOS hardware plays good for Graphical Benchmarks, However when it comes to games CPU power is just as important for AI, physics and graphic setup.
  • darkcrayon - Sunday, August 5, 2012 - link

    Which games use are optimized for 4 CPUcores and perform better than 2? Seriously interested to know because it's not obvious (if it even exists out there at the moment). On the other hand the GPU performance pretty much scales just by putting "more" in the box.

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