GPU Performance

Real-world GPU Performance of the iPhone SE should be pretty much the best on any mobile device on the market right now. Apple’s A13 already outperformed any other chipset out there in the iPhone 11 series, and the fact that the new SE now comes with an even lower resolution 1334 x 750 means that on-screen performance will be even better than what you’d experience on an iPhone 11.

Basemark GPU 1.2 - Medium 1440p - Off-Screen / Blit GFXBench Aztec Ruins - High - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Aztec Ruins - Normal - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 Off-screen GFXBench T-Rex 2.7 Off-screen

In all our 3D tests, we see peak performance of the iPhone SE be near that of the other A13-powered iPhones, take a few frames here and there. Sustained performance is also extremely respectable, as the phone keeps up with the 11 series in most tests, which is again very impressive given its much smaller form-factor and correspondingly smaller thermal envelope.

Again, because this is a low-resolution screen, I have doubts users will even find real-world workloads that actually stress the phone enough for it to dip below V-sync limits, meaning when it comes to gaming, it’s going to be a incredibly future-proof phone – as long as you have the battery capacity for gaming.

Compared to the iPhone 8, even though we’re “only” talking about 2 generations difference in the SoCs, the new iPhone SE is essentially double, in some cases more than double, faster than the A11-based counterpart.

System Performance Camera - Quick Evaluation
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  • JCheng - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    I just tried it and the two options I get are Settings and Cancel, and Cancel does not enable it. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    You just tried the random pop-up? How does one go about summoning it?

    Apple must have changed the behavior if that's the case.
    Reply
  • cha0z_ - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    Learn how to use and configure your phone before you go on some articles comment section to type bs. ;) Reply
  • sprockkets - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    Wow, totally deep there. Reply
  • Deicidium369 - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    Not true - the whole reason for the iPhone is the undying slobbering subservience of the iSheep. Reply
  • star-affinity - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - link

    I thought it was the many superior audio apps available, such as the stuff from Moog and Reason Studios. At least that makes it for me. :)

    The Moog Model 15 app is just wow in my opinion:

    https://www.moogmusic.com/products/model-15-modula...
    Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    I think the world-class hardware design and unmatched network of stores providing on-site support are pretty big reasons too, tbh... especially given that Android is comparable or better in many UX regards these days. Reply
  • melgross - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    Jeeze, every so often I read something like this. People don’t buy iPhones to put Android on them, though some have tried to put iOS on a crappy Android phone. I don’t know which idea is worse.

    We know Apple doesn’t cheat on these tests. It’s just manufacturers with slower chips that feel they need to do that.
    Reply
  • sonny73n - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    What to be impressed about? It’s just a freaking phone with outdated design combined with a spy OS. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    You get the spyware feature no matter what device you choose.

    Both in hardware and in software.
    Reply

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