LG G3 Review: QHD High Res Android Power

Graphics and Gaming Performance

GFXBench has been one of our standard graphics performance benchmarks for a while. Recently, the company updated its software to version 3.0. With this new version, the old tests are no longer available to run for comparison. Still, we were able to round up a handful of phones to give you a feel for how the LG G3 stacks up.

GFXBench and 3DMark Ice Storm
Android Gaming Benchmarks

Here the LG G3 offered strong performance in this gaming-centric benchmark run.  The device took top spot in terms of overall available graphics fill rate and kept pace with the Galaxy S5 in the more standard T Rex game play test run.  Interestingly, LG's own G Flex and the HTC One M8 were able to outpace both the G3 and GS5 in this test but by smallish margins.

3DMark Ice Storm
Cutting-Edge 3D Rendering and Mobile Graphics Benchmark 

We've come to place a lot of stock in Futuremark's latest mobile 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Ice Storm. The test scores device performance in a number of areas, from pure polygon and shader processing to physics calculations.  Futuremark is also very good about policing benchmark results in their database, looking for manufacturers trying to gain an edge by "optimizing" for the benchmark.

Here, the G3 falls back into the middle of the pack, with both the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5 taking the lead over LG's latest flagship.  One caveat we would offer here is that, again, the G3 device we've tested is a very early Korean unit that wasn't built for the US carrier market and likely still has a bit of tweaking and optimization to be done.  LG could likely close this gap with a future firmware update that could affect any number of configuration settings from core graphics drivers to memory clock speed.

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