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Qualcomm APQ8064 Benchmarked in GLBenchmark 2.5

We recently had the opportunity to run Kishonti‘s latest benchmark for OpenGL ES 2.0 which is their GLBenchmark 2.5. This benchmark’s expressed purpose is to stress higher resolution devices with better GPUs and to allow for users and developers alike to test the limits of their devices in OpenGL ES 2.0.

Qualcomm invited us on their campus to take a second look at the APQ8064 based MDP and to test it alongside an ASUS Transformer tablet with both running at a very similar resolution (the MDP actually runs at a slightly higher resolution. We then proceeded to test both devices in Kishonti’s new GLBenchmark 2.5 and the results were even more astonishing than what we had found during the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Day in San Francisco a month ago.

In the tests, we tested the Egypt HD benchmark on both devices in both onscreen and offscreen settings. With the Tegra 3 based ASUS Transformer, we got 13 fps onscreen and 9 fps offscreen. We then later confirmed these scores on our own against our Tegra 3 based HTC One X which got the exact same score since both devices run the same processor at the same speed with the same GPU at the same resolution. The Qualcomm APQ8064 MDP, however, blew our minds with its performance. Reporting an onscreen framerate of 37 fps and an offscreen fps of 29fps. This represents an increase of almost 3x compared against the Tegra 3 on the onscreen test and over 3x improvement on the offscreen test. The onscreen test is running the devices at their native (around 720P) resolution while the offscreen test is actually running them at 1080P which is different from GLBenchmark 2.1.5 which ran the offscreen at 720P.

Looking at these results, there’s no doubt that the secret sauce in the APQ8064 lies within the GPU’s sheer power. The Adreno 320 GPU is by far the fastest GPU we’ve seen in an Android based device and we’re interested to see what kind of a GPU experience it can deliver in WindowsRT as well. Qualcomm has been pretty focused on talking about Android, however, we all know that all of the ARM vendors are quietly awaiting the arrival of Windows8RT. Once again, this is not necessarily a production device like the upcoming LG Optimus G, which will be packing the APQ8064 and an MDM9614 LTE modem. We’re hopefuly to get one of those APQ8064 enabled devices sometime this fall and to compare shipping devices.

So far, Qualcomm has definitely shown that they’ve put the ball into Nvidias’s and Intel’s court and challenged them to beat Qualcomm. We should be hearing about Nvidia’s and Intel’s responses by the end of this year, if we don’t, then those companies are probably going to be in trouble.