Google Pixel 6’s Tensor chip beats Snapdragon 888, Exynos 2100 and Kirin 9000 in GPU benchmarks

The results show that Pixel 6's Tensor is the best among the Android flagship chips in GPU performance, but these numbers do not indicate real-world performance.

Highlights
  • Google introduced the new in-house Tensor chip with Pixel 6 series.
  • The Tensor CPU features a custom TPU unit for AI and Titan M2 chip for security.
  • Pixel 6’s Tensor SoC leads the 3D Mark benchmark charts with a score of 2028 at 12.8 frames per second in the Wild Life Extreme test.

Last week, Google announced the much-awaited Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with the in-house Tensor chip. We were unaware of the chipset’s capabilities until a Reddit user posted GPU benchmarks of Pixel 6. Greg, who goes by the username grt3 on Reddit, received his Google Pixel 6 early and took to Reddit to share the news and asked other users if they wanted to know anything about Google’s latest flagship. In response to his post, a user requested him to run GPU benchmarks on his new Pixel 6, and here’s what he found out.

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Greg ran 3DMark Wild Life, Wild Life Extreme, and Wild Life Stress test to check Google’s Tensor GPU capabilities. The Google Pixel 6 scored 6666 delivering 39 frames per second in the Wild Life test and 2028 at 12.8 frames per second in the Wild Life Extreme test. Meanwhile, in the Wild Life Stress test (20 minutes), the Tensor-powered Pixel 6 manages to get the best loop score of 2129 and a low loop score of 1193 with a 56 per cent stability. 

Compared with other flagship smartphones, the Snapdragon 888 powered Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gets 1494 at 8.90 frames per second, while Exynos 2100 model reached a score of 1793 at 10.70 frames per second in the Wild Life Extreme test. Last but not the least, Huawei’s in-house Kirin 9000 powered Mate 40 Pro managed to score 2004 at 12.00 frames per second in the same test, coming close to Google’s Tensor GPU benchmarks scores. The results show that Pixel 6’s Tensor is the best among the Android flagship chips in GPU performance, but these numbers do not indicate real-world performance. So it might be better to wait until more people start getting their hands on the Pixel 6 to know how well Google’s Tensor chip holds in the real world.

If rumours are believed, the Tensor features a custom Tensor Processing Unit for AI, two high-power Cortex-X1 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores, and four low power efficiency cores (probably Cortex-55 cores). A 20-core GPU handles the graphics. The SoC also features a context hub, a private computer core, a custom ISP, and a new Titan M2 chip for security. Google promises an 80% faster CPU and 380 per cent faster GPU performance than Snapdragon 778 powered Pixel 5.