Huawei Mate 8 Review: Examining ARM's Cortex-A72 And HiSilicon's Kirin 950

Huawei Mate 8 Graphics And Gaming Performance

To get a feel for how the graphics performance of the Huawei Mate 8 compares to other devices, next we'll test with GFXBench, which has been one of our standard mobile graphics performance benchmarks for a while now. In order to ensure Vsynch and resolution isn’t a limiting factor, we will compare Offscreen test results.

We also then ran with Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark, which has been a staple 3D graphics benchmark here across all mobile and desktop platforms for many years. In this case we're running 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, which is targeted for mobile devices and also runs at 720p in offscreen mode, so as to take display resolution out of the equation.

GFXBench And 3DMark Ice Storm Benchmarks
Android Gaming And Graphics Benchmarks

Mate 8 GFXBench TRex

Mate 8 GFXBench Manhattan

The HiSilicon Kirin 950's on-board 900MHz Mali T880MP4 graphics core offers midland performance actually, just a bit ahead of say the Adreno 418 graphics core in Qualcom’s Snapdragon 808 line of SoCs (LG V10) but not quite up to par with a Snapdragon 810 with Adreno 430 graphics (HTC One M9).

Mate 8 3DMark Ice Storm Detail

Mate 8 3DMark Ice Storm GT Test

In 3DMark Ice Storm we see more of the same but perhaps a bit more detail than we saw in 3GFXBench. In terms of raw frame rates, the Kirin 950 and its Mali T-880 graphic core offers performance just over the line in the top quadrant of our benchmark results. However, where it falls a bit short it seems, at least according to 3DMark, is with physics processing, surprisingly enough. Here the Kirin 950 and its ARM A72 / A53 design combination falls into the bottom quadrant of results, perhaps indicating that these calculations are handle on the low power A53 complex.

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