Performance-enhancing GPU Turbo software coming to Huawei devices too

Performance-enhancing GPU Turbo software coming to Huawei devices too
Last week, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor announced a new technology dubbed GPU Turbo that would be arriving on a number of its smartphones to enhance performance. And now, in a pretty unsurprising move, Huawei has confirmed that its smartphones will receive the software too.

For those unaware of what the feature actually does, GPU Turbo basically diverts the device’s power to the GPU in the hope of improving performance by up to 60%, something that will ultimately enhance the overall gaming experience – Honor previously claimed that its mid-range devices could outperform certain flagship devices on benchmarking sites thanks to the software. Currently, it’s worth pointing out that the software only works with traditional Android games, but an update that will support both AR and VR gaming has been confirmed to be in the works.

Now, when it comes to which smartphones will actually receive the update, aside from the previously-announced list of Honor devices, Huawei has confirmed that last year’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will be receiving the feature by the end of this month. This will then be followed by the P20 series, Mate RS Porsche Design, Nova 2S, and MediaPad M5 tablets next month. Continuing into August, the Nova 3e, Enjoy 8 Plus, Enjoy 7S, and Mate 10 Lite will all receive the software, while the Mate 9 series will follow in September. Completing the schedule will be the 2017 P10 lineup in October and the Mate 8 sometime after that.

source: GizChina

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8 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1187; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

These East brands are gunning hard now at everything. very impressive

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"GPU Turbo basically diverts the device’s power to the GPU in the hope of improving performance by up to 60%." So, it increases the clockspeed of The GPU while lowers The CPU clock; in other words? Oh well, G'Day!

4. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

All you guys are missing the point with this tech. It's revolutionary in terms of gpus. They have reworked the software at a lower level in such a way that it interacts with the hardware in a different more efficient way giving the upto 60% performance boost and 30% efficiency. It doesn't increase the clocks at all. Check on YouTube the kirin 970 now matches or beats Snapdragon 845's adreno 630 in most games. Adreno 630 is about 40% faster than the gpu in Kirin 970, I believe there isn't enough headroom in the kirin 970 CPU to achieve that kind of performance with simply increasing the clocks.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3023; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Check on YouTube the kirin 970 now matches or beats Snapdragon 845's adreno 630 in most games" link for that? I tried to search and can't find any, but I did find SD835 beating kirin 970https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz9tEt5JlSY

6. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

So far only the honor play supports gpu turbo and has only been tested by Chinese Channels, heres one testhttps://youtu.be/lgRCFXjAC3o (just look at the graphs to see the comparison) In the link you provided, the kirin 970 is not yet enabled with gpu turbo so of course the SD835 will beat it and emulators are also optimised for SD processors so they perform a little better.

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That's great and all, but the massive problem with mobile GPUs isn't raw performance, but consistent performance. The consistent performance of GPUs is nowhere near their peak performance, as a result of thermals. So unless the Huawei smartphones just has godlike heat dissipation, this is just going to heat up your phone quicker, and then it has to downclock itself in order to not overheat and damage things like the battery. I just don't see this having any significant impact on performance, apart from burst performance, but that's not what gaming is.

7. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

You're missing the point, this tech aims to achieve higher, more stable frame rates while lowering the energy consumption and keeping the device cooler. So it's completely opposite to what short-period GPU overclock does. While we need to take it with a grain of salt until the update reaches out to international variant of their devices, the gaming comparison between Honor Play and OnePlus 6 on YouTube is already showing substantial improvement in graphics performance from P20 Pro with exactly the same chipset and screen resolution and shows that Kirin 970, SoC which is slightly behind Snapdragon 835 in GPU horsepower, is somehow managing to compete with 845.

8. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I'm going to need concrete proof from a reliable source before i believe it. When i see it, i'll believe it.

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