A NenaMark 2 benchmark score for an unknown device based on Qualcomm’s upcoming 28nm Snapdragon S4 “Krait” MSM8960 SoC has just surfaced. The device seems to have 1.5Ghz CPU, a 1024x600 resolution display powered by an Adreno 225 GPU and running Android 4.0.3.

The Adreno 225 GPU scores 54.9 fps in the benchmark. To put things in perspective, a Galaxy S2, powered by the Mali-400 MP4 scores 46.2 fps. The important difference here is that the Galaxy S2 has an 800x480 resolution display, which makes the Adreno 225’s performance that much more impressive while powering a higher resolution display.

What remains to be seen is how the Adreno 225 stacks up against the current king-of-the-hill, the PowerVR SGX543MP2, the custom GeForce GPU in Tegra 3 and other upcoming GPUs such as the Mali T-604 and whatever Apple comes up with in its A6 chip. Given the raw performance offered by these next-gen GPUs, it won’t be long before we get console-quality gaming on our handheld devices.

Source: GSMArena via Nena

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  • zorxd - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    The CPU seems to make a little difference too.
  • metafor - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    It depends. If the GPU is fast enough there are a few scenes in Egypt nowadays where the limitation is the CPU's ability to both setup the scene as well as run the driver to compile the GPU code -- you have to keep in mind that the driver for the GPU runs on the CPU.

    This is mostly because Egypt is, by modern standards, fairly dated and that future games will likely use heavier programmable resources available with OpenGL ES 2.5 or 3.0. At that point, the GPU will likely be the sole bottleneck again.
  • dgingeri - Sunday, January 29, 2012 - link

    While the specs of the Tegra3's GPU sound pretty good, it's restricted to a single 32-bit memory channel. That performance is going to suck. This GPU looks like where it's at.

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