Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Review: A Premium, Ultra-Thin Windows Convertible

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Benchmarks: Processor and Graphics

Next, we checked out the tablet's graphics and rendering capabilities. We compared it to systems with generally similar hardware, keeping it mind that the tablet isn't meant for heavy game-playing or content creation.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering on the CPU and GPU

Based on Maxon Cinema 4D software, this test uses a 3D scene and polygon and texture manipulation to assess GPU and CPU performance. We ran the full CPU test, which uses all available cores, as well as the graphics-oriented benchmark.

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The Intel HD Graphics 515 came through for the Galaxy TabPro S in Cinebench. The processor test score is respectable but doesn’t come anywhere near the top of the pack. The Core m3-6Y30’s thermal restraints likely play a role here. Because it's passively cooled, it's not meant to run flat-out, under full load, for extended periods. Intel's graphics core, with the latest drivers and build of Windows 10 do really well in this test, however.

3DMark Cloud Gate
Synthetic DirectX Gaming and Graphics Testing

The 3DMark suite breaks its tests down by computer type. Fire Strike, for example, is aimed at high-end gaming desktops. Cloud Gate, on the other hand, is designed for typical notebooks. As with 3DMark 11, the GPU plays a large role in results, which are measured in points. Higher is better.

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The system lands near the middle of the pack in Futuremark’s gaming test. If you’re looking for serious gaming chops, the tablet won’t be your first choice. But, as you’ll see in the next test, it shouldn’t be written off for light gaming.

Far Cry 2
DX10 Gaming Performance

When it comes to lush vegetation in a steaming, sinister jungle, no one pulls it off quite like Ubisoft does in its Far Cry series. Far Cry 2 uses high-quality textures, complex shaders, and dynamic lighting to create a realistic environment. The game’s built-in benchmark gives us a good look at a system’s performance with DirectX 10.

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Interestingly, the Galaxy TabPro S pulled a respectable framerate (for the category) in Far Cry 2. Clearly, the system isn’t meant to take on the latest games at high settings, but if you’re determined to game on the tablet and willing to make concessions when it comes to graphics settings, it should be doable with older titles. And the casual stuff available in the Windows Store, like Candy Crush, etc. will run perfectly fine.  

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