OnePlus 7 Pro Review: Killer Display, Great Performance And Value

OnePlus 7 Pro - Gaming And Graphics Performance

Next we'll see how the OnePlus 7 Pro holds up with GFXBench, which has been one of our standard mobile graphics performance benchmarks for years. 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 and 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 Manhattan OnePlus 7 Pro

GFXBench T Rex OnePlus 7 Pro

GFXBench is a heavily GPU-dependent test and as such the OnePlus 7 Pro performs pretty much like any other Snapdragon 855 flagship device on the market today. Our next series of 3DMark tests should exercise more general system performance in gaming workloads. 

Futuremark's 3DMark has been a staple 3D graphics benchmark at HotHardware across all mobile and desktop platforms alike. 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 legacy OpenGL ES 2.0 API. 

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Not a defining victory here for the OnePlus 7 Pro, but a victory nonetheless. There's a pattern taking shape at this point and it's that the OnePlus 7 Pro is just slightly faster than most any Android handset on the market today, at least from a simple numbers perspective. However, we can tell you, with its 90Hz display and fast UFS 3.0 storage, the OnePlus 7 Pro also feels notably faster than any other Android smartphone we've reviewed thus far.

Next up, let's take a look at the more current-generation 3DMark Sling Shot test, which is powered by an OpenGL ES 3.1-based graphics engine. 

3DMark Sling Shot is a newer benchmark module that's been added to the 3DMark mobile suite, though we do have a few top-shelf Android phones, the iPhone X, and the new Samsung Galaxy S10+ and LG G8 ThinQ in the mix. Sling Shot is a much more advanced OpenGL ES 3.1 and Metal API-based test that employs more 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 it in 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 OnePlus 7 Pro

More of the same here for the OnePlus 7 Pro, which puts up the best set of numbers we've seen from an Android smartphone to date. From physics calculations to pure graphics throughput the OnePlus 7 Pro is just a small step ahead of the competition. 

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