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First Exynos processor with AMD GPU beats iPhone 12 Pro Max in graphics performance

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Last updated: June 29th, 2021 at 08:34 UTC+02:00

Samsung had announced earlier this year that it would soon bring a flagship Exynos processor with AMD’s Radeon GPU. While the company didn’t reveal what kind of performance improvement we can expect from the upcoming chipset, it was rumored that it could surpass the performance of the latest Apple chipset, the A14 Bionic. Now, the first real benchmark of the AMD GPU has appeared on the internet.

It is being reported by tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) that Samsung is currently testing an Exynos chipset with the AMD Radeon GPU and Cortex-A77 CPU cores. He posted a screenshot of the 3DMark graphics benchmarking app, and the Exynos processor with the AMD GPU seems to have scored 8,134 points in the Wild Life test with an average frame rate of 50fps. In comparison, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s A14 Bionic chipset usually scores around 7,442 points with an average frame rate of 40fps.

The upcoming Exynos processor’s AMD GPU might handily beat Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset in graphics performance

While this is a very early test, and we don’t know what’s the thermal performance of the AMD GPU and how much it could throttle under sustained load, it is still refreshing to see an Android device beating Apple’s best smartphone chipset in graphics performance. Moreover, the final chipset (Exynos 2200) could offer even better graphics performance as it will most probably use ARM’s latest Cortex-X2 and Cortex-A710 CPU cores that are much faster than the Cortex-A77 cores used in this test.

Another thing to note is that the AMD GPU is still not as powerful as Apple’s M1 5nm chipset that is used in the iPad Pro (2021), MacBook Air (2020), and the MacBook Pro (Late 2020). The M1 chipset, which is meant for much bigger devices with more room for cooling and heat dissipation, scores around 17,000 points in 3DMark’s Wild Life graphics performance test. That makes the M1’s GPU twice as fast as AMD’s Mobile RDNA2 GPU that will debut in the Exynos processor next year.

It also remains to be seen how power-efficient the AMD GPU is, and we will only get to know about its real-world performance sometime early next year with the launch of the Galaxy S22 series.

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