OnePlus 6 Review: Premium High Performance Android For Less

OnePlus 6 Gaming And Graphics Performance

Next we'll test the OnePlus 6 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
GFXBench T Rex OnePlus 6

GFXBench Manhattan OnePlus 6

At the risk of droning on in endless repetition, we'll let the numbers speak for themselves. The OnePlus 6 again squeaks out the top spot yet again when it comes to OpenGL graphics testing on Android.

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 Unlimited OnePlus 6

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 OnePlus 6 leads the pack more prominently, with a strong Physics showing as well, again likely attributed to its 8GB of RAM affording faster access to datasets.

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.

3DMark Sling Shot total OnePlus 6 2

3DMark Sling Shot FPS OnePlus 6

3DMark Sling Shot is a more strenuous and current-gen game engine workload for the phones tested here and the test group results are much tighter as a result. The OnePlus 6 pulls the top slot by a hair again in the total scoring bracket, bolstered by its Physics performance, but trails slightly in the individual FPS tests. Regardless, it's a virtual dead heat here and the results are all within the margin of variability for this benchmark, at least for the top three Android flagship devices.

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