LG V40 ThinQ Review: A Five Camera Android Contender

LG V40 ThinQ: Gaming And Graphics Tests

Next we'll test the LG V40 ThinQ with GFXBench, which has been one of our standard mobile graphics 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


As we've seen in a couple of previous tests, the LG V40 ThinQ's GPU performance is somewhat better than the G7 ThinQ. As a result, the LG V40 ThinQ finishes slightly better than the G7 ThinQ here, but trails the OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S9s.

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. 

ice storm 1

ice strom 2

3DMark Ice Storm is a lighter-duty synthetic gaming benchmark that's been around for a while, so we happen to have a lot of reference device data to compare to. Here the LG V40 ThinQ drops in just behind the G7 ThinQ by the slimmest of margins.

3DMark Sling Shot is a newer 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 X, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 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.

sling shot 1

sling shot 2

In this more strenuous benchmark, the LG V40 ThinQ once again drops in just behind the LG G7 ThinQ. Its performance in somewhere in-between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9, which is to say it is very good, but not quite class-leading.

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