Google Pixel 8 Pro’s GPU performance is the same performance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

The processor found within the Google Pixel 8 series, the Tensor G3, offers lackluster CPU performance. According to Geekbench benchmark scores, its performance parallels that of the first-generation Snapdragon 8+ mobile platform, trailing significantly behind its competitors. However, per the digital enthusiast Golden Reviewer‘s analysis, the SoC’s GPU performance also leaves much to be desired. The GPU utilized in the Pixel 8 Pro is the Mali Immortalis-G715s MC10, boasting support for ray tracing and AI learning capabilities. Theoretically, its performance surpasses its predecessor by 15%.

In tests using the game “Genshin Impact”, at the highest graphic setting, the Pixel 8 Pro averaged a mere 33.5 FPS. Alarmingly, in graphic-intensive combat scenes, it plummeted to a dismal 24 frames per second. Notably, when juxtaposed with its predecessor, the Pixel 7 Pro, this recent model regressed. The phone also exhibited considerable thermal throttling issues.

In the 3DMark WildLife Extreme benchmark, the Pixel 8 Pro scored 2445, while the second-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform received 3729, the Dimensity 9200 obtained 3627, and Apple’s A16 chipset garnered a score of 3359. Candidly, this GPU score doesn’t hold a candle to this year’s flagship SoCs, its performance mirroring that of the first-generation Snapdragon 8 platform.

Furthermore, its performance in the GFXBench Vulcan/Metal 1440P test was even more disappointing. The Pixel 8 Pro managed a frame rate of just 37 FPS, whereas even the first-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform managed a superior 48 FPS. The second-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform achieved 69 FPS, and Apple’s A16 chipset reached 53 FPS.

Interestingly, although the Tensor G3’s performance fails to match its competitors, its energy efficiency is commendable. While it doesn’t quite measure up to the second-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform, it rivals Apple’s A16 chip in this domain.