Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Review

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Performance: Graphics and GLBenchmark

GLBenchmark (now known as GFX Bench) is a unified 3D graphics performance benchmark suite. We use the fillrate test and the Egypt Off Screen test to measure 3D performance in frames per second.  The Off Screen test renders workloads at 1280x720 for all devices, but off-screen so Vsynch and screen resolution are not limiting performance factors.

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Android Graphics testing

Google’s new Nexus 7 still led the pack in the GLBenchmark Fill Texture Fetch benchmark, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 put up an excellent score, earning third place behind the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Galaxy Note 8.0.

In the Offscreen test, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 earned fourth place coming in behind the Nexus 7 (2013), iPad 3, and Galaxy Note 8.0. Keeping in mind that the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 was designed for basic, everyday use (not extreme gaming), the score we see here is reasonable.

The Basemark X benchmark is built on top of an actual game engine, Unity 4, and features workloads modeled after actual games designed for smartphones and tablets. Basemark X exploits features like particle effects, advanced lighting effects and post processing, and really taxes the current generation of tablets.

Given that the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 wasn’t designed to be a high-end gaming tablet, we weren’t surprised to find the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 in the lower half of the scores in this taxing benchmark.

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