LG V30 Review: Setting The Record Straight For A Great Smartphone

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LG V30 Graphics And Gaming Performance

Next we'll test LG's new V30  with GFXBench, which has been one of our standard mobile graphics performance benchmarks for quite a while now. In order to ensure display refresh (v-sync) and resolution are not limiting factors, we are comparing off-screen test results here. GFXBench tests OpenGL ES graphics workloads; we're specifically testing GLES 2.0 and 3.0 rendering performance in the following two benchmark modules. 

3D Graphics Benchmarks: 3DMark & GFX Bench
Pushing The Pixels
LG V30 GFXBench T Rex Offscreen Results

LG V30 GFXBench Manhattan Offscreen Results

Here LG's V30 shows it has the same graphics chops as any other Snapdragon 835-power handset, even Google's latest Pixel 2.

We also ran Futuremark's 3DMark, which has been a staple 3D graphics benchmark at HotHardware across all mobile and desktop platforms for many years. In this case we were 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. This test and its 3D graphics engine are also based on the Open GL ES 2.0 API. 

3DMark Ice Storm LG V30 Results

3DMark Ice Storm FPS LG V30 Results

Once again the LG V30 drops in near the top of the pack in Futuremarks 3DMark Ice Storm, trading blows with some of the fastest Android smartphones on the market. 

3DMark Sling Shot is a new benchmark module that's been added to the 3DMark mobile suite, so we have fewer results in our database to share, though we do have a few top-shelf Android phones, the iPhone 7, and Samsung's previous-gen Galaxy S7 in the mix. Sling Shot is a much more advanced OpenGL ES 3.1 and Metal API-based test that employs some advanced rendering techniques like volumetric lighting, particle illumination, multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback.

3DMark Sling Shot Test
Futuremark 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Benchmark

In this test we again run the off-screen mode, so as to remove display resolution differences from the equation and thus can compare cross-platform results more reliably.
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme LG V30 Results

In the newer 3DMark Sling Shot benchmark Google's Pixel 2 devices hold a commanding lead, again signaling the fact that Android 8.0 Oreo has better support for the OpenGL ES 3.1 API and its advanced rendering effects. The LG V30 hangs with the other Snapdragon 835 powered phones here that are running Android 7 Nougat setups, however. Here's hoping Oreo's tasty performance treats get rolled out to the LG V30 as well in the weeks ahead.

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