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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Benchmarks reveal performance difference between Standard and Light modes

Even in Light performance mode, the Galaxy S23 series performs admirably. (Source: Samsung)
Even in Light performance mode, the Galaxy S23 series performs admirably. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung's new flagship phones, the Galaxy S23 series, debuted with new performance modes: Standard and Light. That feature appears to have been a masterstroke, with benchmark numbers indicating a slight drop in performance when in Light, accompanied by significant prime core efficiency gains.

With the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung introduced new performance modes outside of the old Power Saving mode. While Power Saving mode adjusts brightness and limits CPU speed to 70%, the new modes—Standard and Light—are a bit more nuanced, and benchmarks have now revealed exactly how much of a performance difference there is between the two.

As tested by Golden Reviewer, the Galaxy S23 Ultra's Cortex-X3 core drops from a clock speed of 3.36 GHz to 2.84 GHz when switched from Standard to Light. The prime core's performance drops as well, going from a SPECint06 Big Core score of 60.86, down to 55.12. Not as significant as one would expect. Interestingly, power consumption drops from 4.90 W to 2.97 W. All of those numbers point toward Light mode being significantly more efficient—about 50% more so, actually—while only losing about 10% peak performance.

Those numbers are for the Cortex-X3 core in particular but carry over to multi-core performance as well. The Galaxy S23 Ultra in Standard has been tested on Geekbench with a single-core score of 1604, with that figure dropping down to 1377 in Light. In the multi-core test, the S23 Ultra and its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 record a score of 5311 when in Standard, and drop down to 4896 in Light. Ergo, a 15% decrease in performance across the board between the two modes. 

The numbers look consistent: Light enforces a 10% to 15% drop in performance, with potentially higher efficiency gains. In fact, even in Light, Galaxy S23 series performance still edges right about every Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 device, while being more efficient. That's a huge win in our books.

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Ricci Rox, 2023-02-10 (Update: 2023-02-12)