New Nexus 5 benchmarks leak, reveal stunning graphics prowess

New Nexus 5 benchmarks leak, reveal stunning graphics prowess
The Google Nexus 5 is probably the most anticipated smartphone right now. We saw Apple, Samsung, Sony and LG all launch their flagships for 2013, and the only big announcement left is the Nexus 5.

Luckily, we already know a lot about the device thanks to FCC filings and a leak from none other but Google showing the device in its full glory. Now, we have one more piece to the puzzle and that comes in a form of a Nexus 5 performance benchmark.

The Nexus 5 appeared on GFXBench’s website. The handset scored brilliantly on two game simulation tests. We don’t yet have the on-screen result, but off-screen testing shows that the Nexus 5 is most likely featuring the powerful Adreno 330 GPU. This puts it on par or even ahead the graphics powerhouse that is the Apple iPhone 5s, and again matching or leading the Android crowd.

The T-Rex 2.7 test is a very graphically intensive benchmark designed to show off maximum workload that games will put on mobile devices. With a score of 23.1 frames per second, the Adreno 330 shows that it is a valid competitor and perfectly on par with Imagination Technologies’ 6 series of chips and the PowerVR G6430 included in the iPhone 5s. Both GPUs support Open GL ES 3.0. The ARM Mali-T6xx series of chips is the only other family supporting the technology.

Let us however mention that these are merely leaked results for the Nexus 5 and we have not been able to verify them yet.

Higher is better
Google Nexus 5
Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia Z1
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5s

The other score that you can see right at the source below is Egypt 2.5 offscreen, a less intensive test where high-end phones like the Nexus 5 are already stretching the limits at 58fps.

We have a full Nexus 5 round-up where you can find out all about the upcoming Google device.

source: GFXBench

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012


18. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I like how phone arena posts the test that the nexus 5 ties with the ip5s and not the test where the nexus 5 wins by a 10% margin. *eye roll*

29. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

That's why it is called iPhone Arena.. ;p

46. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

its evident that this site favors the iPhone most of the write ups are about Apple. kind of sickening.

78. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

I feel something rotten from the rotten Apple known for the greedy affair ebook price fixing robbery Otherwise it's just a sick heads of brainwashed people who don't mind it's just an outdated iConboard It's like a funny hype for an old Nokia dumb phone :)

57. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

I've seen just as many tests that show the Adreno 330 at 22 or 23 fps. Graphics benchmark results vary because of stress on the GPU which produces heat which reduces performance. Running benchmarks back to back further impacts results.

67. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That was especially apparent on the Nexus 4, because it had very limited thermal throttling, much more than any other device with the S4 Pro. You could run benchmarks back to back with about any other S4 Pro device and get similar results (it would be blazing hot, but still), but with the Nexus 4 you could only run the tests two or three times before the throttling maxed out at 50% GPU capacity.

71. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

The article mentions it is "on par or even leading the 5s." Sure the review of the 5c was way way way overating for a phone that does not even match the performance of Android phones 6+ months old, but as a whole I don't find most authors here catering to Apple. Then again I'm used to reading CNET which must get Apple kick backs, so my gauge of Apple bias may be a little off.

2. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

This is gonna be one mega device!!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

PvrSgx is better than Snapdragon ™

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That may be, but current Android phones don't use it. Are you advocating for the iPhone?

19. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013



Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

S4 Exynos 5410 uses the PvrSgx MP3 Non international version ™

48. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

USA! USA! Just sayin'.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Did you mean Power VR is better than Adreno? Go home and make some coffee. You're drunk!

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

damn, beat me to it. xD

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sorry. :( Here's a +1 to cheer you up ol' sport.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Pvrsgx544 mp4 beats out the Adreno 330. If clocked at 600mhz. Best GPU are by Pvrsgx Best CPU are by Exynos You will never see Apple using Snapdragon. I am not drunk Snapdragon don't even have an A15 clusters yet, still relying on halfbaked! A9-A15 cores ™


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Even the Sgx554 the iPad4 GPU destroys the Adreno330, and that'sclocked at 377, if clocked at600 or raised at 700 the max. Adreno330 is Snapdragons hhigh end, Pvrsgx on the ip5s is an entry level GPU, let alone they still have their highends. MaliT67 on N3 even crushes the A330, still the T678 is war far ahead! Your drunk papa smurf, I normally tinker and change, alter voltage uphold, down hold GPU settings so I should no... ™

53. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Who care what games are using there full power?

54. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The iPad 4 and LG G2 are pretty much on par with each other in GFXBench. Neither necessarily destroying the other, but the Adreno 330 is MUCH more power efficient, being able to be over clocked more without eating up your battery, unlike the PowerVR SGX554MP4. Also, the iPhone 5S uses the PowerVR G6430, which is PowerVR's current second place holder in the Rogue class of GPUs (in first is the G6630), definitely not entry level like you said, and it scores on par with the Adreno 330 as well. And, the GPU in the Note 3 (international) is the Mali-T628MP6, not the Mali-T678. You need to brush up on your GPU studies, Troll, you're losing your touch.

62. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

additionally, after Z1 or G2 get 4.3 update which brings Open GL ES 3.0 support that will boast the GPU score to 5s level if not surpassing it.

65. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Z1 and G2 already are just as, if not slightly faster than the iPhone 5S in terms of GPU, Open GL ES 3.0 will only further that lead.

64. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You just proved you know very little about GPU/CPUs... Just stop before you embarrass yourself again.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

N5 is looking better and better each day. It scored equally to the Rouge GPU on the iPhone 5S!

20. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

So where's ninetysix with his nexus 5 vs 5s benchmark links he got 5 months ago?


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And that's Quallcoms best GPU vs PvrSgx is entry level! Shows how scrap Snapdragon is and always have been! Like Remixfa always use to say.. ™

51. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

2011 called. It wants its Crapdragon™ back. Google would not have put Snapdragon processors in the Nexus 4 and 5 if it thought they were lacking. Just because the Exynos might be faster (when programmed properly) doesn't mean the Snapdragon isn't awesome.

47. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

do you know that nexus 5 is (highly) possibly using adreno 330. Why it scored over other devices using the same GPU? because it is running 4.3+ while others run 4.2 and we know that 4.3 brings compatibility to Open GL ES 3.0, which will give some boast to the other devices' GPU when they update to 4.3, then they all would score the same if not better than the iPhone 5s

81. AciMars

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

stupid saying this thing, open gl es3.0 boost quality of graphics not performance, the different performance happen because of different allocation memory for GPU and also thermal restriction.

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