GPU Performance

3D and GPU performance of the Pixel 4, much like all other devices this year with the same Snapdragon 855 chipset, will only be able to differentiate itself from the pack if it has any kind of special heat dissipation or extremely lax thermal throttling designs. We’re not expecting any big surprises here, and do hope the Pixel 4 XL is able to fare competitively.

3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 Extreme Unlimited - Physics

Starting off with the 3DMark Physics test, which is actually a CPU benchmark within a temperature constrained test scenario, we see the Pixel 4 XL fall in line with the middle of the pack of Snapdragon 855 devices in terms of the sustained performance scores. It’s interesting to see the peak performance standing out and being ahead by a measurable margin against other S855 devices. I’m not too sure why this would be other than maybe Google having extra optimisations in the scheduling of the workload, or maybe even DVFS behaviour of the CPUs, as the actual workload performance shouldn’t change based on any other external factors such as drivers or software.

3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 Extreme Unlimited - Graphics

In the graphics workload, things are GPU bound and that’s the main limiting factor for the performance scores. Here the Pixel 4 XL again falls around the middle of the pack amongst other S855 devices.

GFXBench Aztec Ruins - Normal - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Aztec Ruins - High - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 Off-screen GFXBench T-Rex 2.7 Off-screen

This ranking is continued on over all the GFXBench tests as the Pixel 4 XL does adequately but still remains below medium amongst our Snapdragon 855 devices. A peculiarity we’re seeing in the benchmarks is that the peak performance of the Pixel 4 XL is a few percentages lower than that on other S855 phones. Again, I have no proper explanation for this other that it may be some regression in Qualcomm’s GPU drivers, or that maybe Google is being more relaxed on other DVFS behaviour such as on the memory controllers.

Again, whilst this performance isn’t outright bad, we have to keep in mind the pricing of the phone and its very late release date in the year. The contrast to Apple’s iPhone 11s here in the charts is pretty absurd, as it’s able to showcase scores essentially twice as fast as what the Pixel 4 XL can achieve.

System Performance Display Measurement
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  • tipoo - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    I dunno if they're smurfing to not upset their partners or genuinely just don't give enough time and thought to hardware development, but Google perpetually seems stuck in the mode of "maybe next year, they'll get really serious about hardware". I'm starting to believe it'll never happen, apart from the Pixel 2 camera catching everyone by surprise.

    At 100 dollars more than the iPhone 11, this phone is a hard stretch for me, the 90Hz OLED is nice but the battery life is correspondingly worse.
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  • Notmyusualid - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    Nokia, I remember, were kinda out of step with the hardware too.

    Look where they went...
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  • RSAUser - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    Pretty good? Reply
  • s.yu - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    Nokia leased their name to a bunch of people and capital from Foxconn who now formed HMD. Reply
  • Teckk - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    HMD is a Finnish company I think, not Chinese?
    They have decent mid range devices, but they just don't launch a top of the line device.
    Reply
  • s.yu - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    HMD is formed in Finland, mostly by Chinese or by Finnish working for Foxconn. Reply
  • yacoub35 - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    Pixel 3/3A/4: A $400 phone with an $800 price tag.
    OnePlus 7T: An $800 phone with a $600 price tag.
    Reply
  • Drumsticks - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    Not sure you can lump the literally $400, and very good, 3A that is often on sale in with the other two there... Reply
  • RaduR - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    I will never understand how come OnePlus price is double vs Xiaomi Reply
  • boozed - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    There are phones with "Nokia" labels on them but Nokia doesn't have anything to do with them other than collecting royalties. Reply

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